SWEET ITCH BLANKETS - All sizes available.
Protect your horse now! - to be most effective, sweet itch rugs should be fitted before the midges appear and make your horse itchy (though they will of course also help horses which are already itchy)
Excellent quality and fit to protect all sizes of horse or pony from the misery of sweet itch. The DeMeulenkamp sweet itch rug is a top-quality custom made midge blanket, the only sweet itch rug available in the UK that is as effective and hard-wearing as the Boett, yet more economical.
We stock sweet itch rugs and matching hoods for all sizes of horse or pony. Visit our eBay Shop: Solva Sweet Itch Solutions or for any advice feel free to contact us
Protect your horse from fly bites and the misery of sweet itch. Vets recommend sweet itch blankets as one of the best methods for protecting your horse from midge bites. I have Icelandic horses, and mine can live outside 24/7 all summer long with the help of these blankets. Do not mistake this for a fly sheet - this is a purpose made sweet itch blanket with close-weave material that won't allow midges to bite through (unlike mesh rugs), and a design which won't allow them to fly under it either.
- Recommended by vets
Similar design to the Boett - not a "cheap imitation" - we think ours are even better
MUCH more economical than any blanket of a similar quality
Keeps the midges out and your horse comfortable
Designed to be worn 24/7 in any weather - great protection from UV light
Breathable, water-resistant and great for protecting the coat, mane and tail
- Machine washable and can be tumble dried
Practical dark brown/black material washes beautifully and dries quickly (all sizes also available in light olive green)
Covers your horse from just behind his ears to halfway down his tail (neck piece is an integral part of the rug)
Fully protects chest, between front legs, and belly area to about an inch in front of the sheath/udder (belly piece is attached)
- Brand new from the sole British supplier, complete with bag and spare material
These rugs are made in Holland by DeMeulenkamp. We have all sizes in stock, and some sizes in our new colour, light olive green. We also stock matching hoods for the face and ears. Please note our sizing is not the same as the Boett sizing - we go by your horse's normal rug size, though we recommend you go up one size if your horse is very heavily built or particularly fat. Please contact usfor details if you want further advice on sizing.
These rugs are breatheable and lightweight, designed to be worn constantly during the midge season, in rain or shine. They are water resistant, machine washable at 30 degrees, and very quick drying. They are hard-wearing but like any rug, don't mix well with barbed wire or very playful fieldmates! They are easy to mend and come in a cloth bag and with spare material which can be used for patching if necessary. It's best to fit the rug before your horse starts itching - ie, before the midges appear, but a blanket will really help a horse which is already itchy.
Only available in the UK through Solva Sweet Itch Solutions Ltd
Tresais Farm, Solva, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 6XE
email me if you would like to know more about the rug
More Information about the DeMeulenkamp "Itch-Off" rug
This fantastic sweet itch rug was developed by an Icelandic horse breeder in Holland, who was pleased with the results using other sweet itch rugs (he used to be the Dutch Boett dealer), but who resented the very high prices being charged. He decided to invent his own rug and sell it at a price which is reasonable. Along the way, he improved the original, using stronger elastic which does not go loose, darted shoulders and three girth straps to prevent sagging of the belly piece. By the way, you pronounce it "Duh Moo Len Kamp"!
Sweet itch rugs have become a recognized treatment and are recommended by numerous vets. The protection works both against insect bites and the sun. Itching is soothed or eliminated completely. Horses calm down and show normal behaviour. You may think your horse looks daft wearing the rug, but he will be much happier.
What does the DeMeulenkamp Rug do?
True sweet itch rugs are designed to prevent midges from biting your horse, unlike ordinary fly sheets which allow midges in through gaps around the legs, tail and belly. Even some so-called "sweet itch rugs" are no more than glorified fly sheets as their material allows midges to bite straight through the rug!
DeMeulenkamp rugs are different. They are lightweight and breathable, and very comfortable for your horse to wear, with darted shoulders, shaped back and neck, and plenty of adjustment. The unique material is a very fine yet strong weave to withstand horseplay and completely deter the bites of midges. These rugs are meant to be worn 24/7 whenever midges might be around, and you should not need to stable your horse. They are showerproof, but if they get soaked in heavy rain they dry quickly and can be left on the horse. There are full details on how to fit the rug on our main website. They are completely breathable and comfortable for your horse even in hot sun, providing what amounts to a full-body sunshade.
A full range of sizes is available, from Shetland to Shire. If the rug does not fit, you can return it and either have a replacement (plus postage) or a refund (excluding postage). Returned rugs must be in as-new condition, so only fit the rug when your horse is clean and dry, and remove loose hairs after fitting.
The rug can be machine-washed at 40 degrees centigrade / 104 degrees Fahrenheit. You should wash at least every 2 weeks or so - your nose will tell you when.
The rug must be worn 24 hours per day during the entire sweet itch season except when working the horse. If you do not keep to this strict dress code, the midges will find their victim easily and your horse will start itching again. It’s fine in the rain - the rug will dry out very quickly on the horse. When riding, apply fly repellent, concentrating on the midline (back and belly), legs, mane and tail area. It's best to fit the rug before your horse starts to rug (ie before the midges appear) but a rug will also greatly help a horse which is already rubbing - providing you can set up your field so he cannot wreck the rug by rubbing on fences or trees. Electric fencing is perfect for this.
Horses wearing the rug do not suffer in hot weather. Body motions are not hampered, bodily functions can be performed normally including rolling, suckling foals and even covering. Above approx. 30 degrees centigrade / 86 degrees Fahrenheit the horse may sweat lightly on his chest or neck, but no more than un-rugged horses. We have horses all over the world wearing these rugs, including Saudi Arabia, Dubai, California, Florida, Southern Spain, Greece and so on. The rugs are lightweight, breathable and comfortable, and horses are fine wearing them even when it's very warm.
Horses with sweet itch generally understand quickly that the rug is doing them good and will allow it to be put on or off with little or no problems. It is inadvisable to put on a wet rug. For such cases a second, already dry, rug is recommended but rugs dry very quickly.
Obviously, the rug can’t cover your horse from top to tail. For the bits which aren’t covered, like sheaths on geldings, udders on mares etc, use fly repellent regularly. We find Nettex Stop-Itch, Beelzebug and Camrosa very good. Another thing worth trying is the baby product Sudacrem - it's cheap and effective, and available from Boots or most chemists.
Wear & Tear
With geldings, and certainly with stallions who are more prone to play and fight, the rug should last approx. 2 years; this period may be longer with mares. From time to time you´ll have some needlework to do. Your rug will come in a cloth bag - if necessary, use the bag for patching the rug. If the rug is torn, it will not "run", but it’s advisable to mend the hole as soon as possible. Rugs can be mended by hand or on a normal home sewing machine, or patched using Copydex adhesive. Horses and barbed wire do NOT mix. Sweet itch horses and barbed wire are a terrible combination. Please, for your horse’s sake - do not use barbed wire unless you also use electric fencing to keep your horse away from the wire.
In the UK some insurance companies accept sweet itch rugs as a treatment. You might try asking for some refund for your expenses!
DeMeulenkamp Rugs are available in the following sizes:
size 0 for Shetlands/donkeys, 9hh & under, usual rug size around 3'8" to 4'3"
size 1 for larger Shetlands/Welsh sec As/bigger donkeys, 10-11.2hh, usual rug size around 4'4" to 4'7"
size 2 for Exmoor/Dartmoor types, 11.2-12hh, usual rug size around 4'8" to 4'11"
size 5 for large Icelandics/Haflingers, 14-14.2hh, usual rug size around 5'7 to 5'9"
size 6 for Fjords/Cobs, 14.2-15.2hh, usual rug size around 5'10 to 6'
Size 10 for large Shires, 17.2hh plus, usual rug size around 7'4 to 7'6"
(breeds/heights etc are given as a rough guide)
Your horse will thank you for making his summers more comfortable!
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On 06-Apr-09 at 12:13:27 BST, seller added the following information:
Please let me know what size you require when you order.