Gear for Riding Horses
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items listed in "Fly Masks Etc " can be used while riding or there may
be similar items specially designed for riding. A muzzle or ear bonnet designed
to be used with a bridle, for example, can greatly reduce or eliminate bug-related
head shaking. A blaze orange cape can make for a safer ride during hunting season.
Have you ever been riding when your horse started prancing and
violently swishing his tailthen you finally turn around and see there is
a big horse fly feeding on the center of your horses rump, just where he
cant reach it? A fly cape that extends behind the saddle to cover the horses
rump and flanks can eliminate that problem and decrease tail swishing better than
fly spray can. A cape made of open weave polyvinyl keeps hot sun off the horse
and is also said to wick moisture away from a sweating horse. For added fly protection
spray the cape with fly spray.
Horsehair tassels (shoo-flies) and other devices can
be hung from bridles and saddles to swing with the movement of the horse and prevent
flies from landing. Shoo-flies can be attached to a bridle at the throatlatch,
curb strap, browband, or at the sides of the headstall. They are traditionally
used on the front or rear cinches to keep flies away from the legs and the belly.
Tassels on the ends of reins are useful for brushing flies off a horses
neck and shoulders as you ride. Let long saddle strings danglethey help
keep flies off a horses flanks.
are many different styles of browband or bonnet fly chasershanging strings,
ribbons, loosely woven fabric. They slip on or attach to the headstall to hang
over or above the horses eyes to keep flies at bay.