Stripes Could be Key to Combating Horse Flies

The latest research from scientists suggests that the pattern on your horse’s rug could be a vital weapon in your battle against bugs…

Scientists from the University of Bristol have expanded on previous research that found that horse flies avoid landing on stripes.

The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, used horses wearing different patterned rugs to compare results.

The research found that high contrast patterns – such as black and white – were particularly effective in thwarting fly attacks. The theory is that the flies find large patches of dark colours appealing.

So next time you buy a rug, look for one with a high contrasting pattern – in stripes or a small checkerboard patterns – for increased protection for your horse. It’s something we will definitely be trying out on our residents at Remus Horse Sanctuary!

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