Horseflies may not look too threatening, but their bites can be extremely painful to both animals and humans.
What makes horseflies particularly dangerous are the diseases they can transmit with their sting: EIA virus, which can trigger contagious anaemia, herpes and the tularaemia (rabbit fever). Some horseflies even carry Borelia, which cause Lyme disease. Although this rarely happens, it's mistakenly believed that Lyme disease you can only catch this disease through a tick bite.
Horseflies are quite clever and will land on your horse where he can't reach them with his tail, this is where he becomes reliant on your help to keep these pests away.
Many owners will use chemical products such as insecticides to keep horseflies at bay. Others swear by home-made remedies that allegedly drive off the insects. In reality, the effect of these products is minimal and can only prevent the horseflies from bloodsucking. Also, only a few commercially available active ingredients have actually been tested on horses, so the effects can at best be presumed. In the worst case, such remedies may trigger allergies.
A simple and effective solution
At the heart of the trap is a black rubber bar suspended in the sun. The black ball heats up quickly and is mistaken by the horseflies for a warm-blooded creature. Above the ball, a close-meshed funnel is suspended, which becomes narrower towards the top. At the top is a waster filled capture container.
the trap makes use of the horsefly's ability to fly - they can only fly off vertically. After a few bite attempts the fly realises there is no blood coming out and tries to fly away. Since it can only fly up, it's led by the funnel into the capture container, which it can't escape from. Such a simple idea, that's amazingly effective.
The Tabanus Trap is a flagship model from VOSS. The post can be quickly and easily mounted anywhere, even on rocky soil. This system allows for frequent repositioning of the trap in your horse's paddock or stable yard. It work effectively over an area of 2.5 acres.
There are a number of other models available to suit your own individual requirements and budgets.
The Tabanus Edge has all the same features as the original Tabanus trap.
It's just a slightly simpler version of the original trap and is a little cheaper too.
It's still easily moved so you can put it where you need it to deal with the problem of horseflies quickly and efficiently.
The Tabanus Easy is good option to hang in your stable yard, or if you have trees in your paddock it can put up there instead.
It works in the same way as all the other traps in the range and can reduce the problem of horseflies by up to 95%.
Tabanus Delta is quick and easy to set up, thanks to its three legs that form a secure frame.
You can quickly move the trap in your field, with minimal effort. Despite its size it works over an area 7,500 square metres.
You can only buy Tabanus Traps at www.eletric-fence.co.uk
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This unusual looking feed scoop brings the traditional feed scoop bang up to date.
It has teeth for breaking up compacted feed and the elongated shape means you can reach into the corner of your feed bins with ease.
This scoop has a measuring guide for accurate and consistent feeding, and the handle has an integrated thumb rest for grip and comfort.
They're also available in a range of great colours to brighten up your feed room.
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Tested by: Your Horse Gear Guide Editor, Allison Lowther
I’m a big fan of corn brooms, and this Sweepster broom is a modern version that’s lightweight and easy to use.
The handle is a good length, so it encourages you stay in good posture as you sweep up (no more slouching!).
I’ve been using mine for five months and although the odd bit of plastic does break off the broom still has plenty of life left in it - it’s certainly proving to be more durable that a corn broom and it’s just as effective at sweeping up in the wet as the dry.
It's great that you can change the stiffness of the broom by moving the plastic ring up or down the broom and I also like the fact that you can wash it - handy!
A normal corn broom is usually around £10 and I've found that they tend to last approximately three to four months. At £17.50 the Sweepster offers great value for money - it's showing no signs of wear so far.
* Price at time of publishing - April 2016
The clever Kaboodle bag is a water resistant bag that stays open when placed on the floor. It’s the perfect solution to getting all your dirty horse gear home and to help keep the back of your car looking neat and tidy.
For more information visit www.kaboodlebag.co.uk
Price £35 (large)
The Sunburst Horse Solariums from DriMee are ideal for use before exercise to warm up your horse’s back muscles, and after to break down lactic acid which can cause his muscles to tighten. It can also be used quickly dry your horse after washing.
There are four different sizes, two of which are so light they can be used when you're on the road.
For more information visit www.drimee.com
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Features: Battles Weelie Pink Barrow is a light multi-purpose rust-free wheelbarrow with a reinforced ribbed design for extra strength and inflatable tyres. It has a low centre of gravity and good weight distribution when loaded enabling good manoeuvrability and balance when on the move.
Material: Polypropylene pan.
Size: 90 litres
Stockists: Battles 01522 529206 or visitwww.battles.co.uk
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Features: Whitaker Equestrian Products Tipping Wheelbarrow - huge two-wheel barrow can easily carry more than one bale of hay, shavings, etc. It has a manual tipping action. To empty, either hold the wheel down with your foot and pull the pan up and over, or, tip the barrow up by the handles as normal then the weight and gravity will tip the pan over itself. The tyre is inflatable and there are two support legs to keep the barrow square when standing.
Size: 255 litres
Colours: Blue or green.
Stockists: Whitaker Equestrian 01844 202 151 orwww.polyjumps.com
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Features: The Equine Speedskip speeds up the mucking out process. With its Easygrab rake it reduces bedding wastage and is brilliant on paddocks and manège surfaces. The Speedskip is ergonomically designed to reduce elbow and back strain, has a wide opening for ease of filling and greater holding capacity. It improves health and safety in the workplace.
Colours: Available in a range of colours.
Contact: www.equinespeedskip.com or call 01989 769435.
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Features: The Rutland ESB 200 Battery Fence Energiser is a wet battery-powered energiser. 1.6 stored joules. Ideal for strip grazing sheep on reel systems and electric nets. Battery saver switch slows energiser during the hours of darkness, extending battery life. Pulse indicator light and low battery indicator light. Recommend using 12v 80Ah leisure battery.