Bruce the Horse has an absolute hatred of flies
which, as a horse, makes his life very difficult,
and for me as his owner,
makes summer a very trying time.
On vet advice I trim the little hairs inside his ears
so if midges get in they're not trapped,
but getting near his ears is easier said than done
when he works himself into panic mode!
Previously he's spent days in the cool of his stable
and nights in his field, but this year
I decided to try a mesh anti-fly rug, which I bought
secondhand on eBay (of course!)
It has a neck cover and tail flap,
comes low over his legs and under his tummy
and to complete the outfit he has a matching hood
(yes, he can see through it!) to cover his eyes and ears.
I have been tempted to sew bells on the ear tips!
It looks a bit strange I know,
but he grazes happily even in the heat of the day
and isn't axiously pacing as soon as he hears a fly come near.
If only we could all have a protective suit of armour to face our demons!
I'll leave the last word to Bruce. . .