Sweet Itch Rug


Sweet Itch Rug



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Complete Sweet Itch Protection for your horse, pony or donkey! The Snuggy Sweet Itch Rug offers total protection from midges, biting insects, flies and harmful sunshine rays. It comes complete with full belly coverage, elasticated & padded chest and withers, double tail protection in the form of a tail wrap and XL flap with non-stretch binding along the spine length.

This unique Rug is made of fully breathable, water repellent, heavy shower proof, lightweight stretch fabric which is durable, cool & comfortable. The Sweet Itch Rug is fully machine-washable and designed to be worn 24/7, in field or in stable, rain or shine.

The Sweet Itch Rug covers chest, shoulders, body, belly and tail. We recommend to use this Rug with the Sweet Itch Hood for maximum coverage, nose to tail. The Sweet Itch Rug and Sweet Itch Hood is our best-selling combination for Sweet Itch prevention.


  • Midge/fly/Insect proof fabric
  • Stops harmful UV rays
  • Close fit, no gaps
  • Cool, breathable & comfortable
  • Double tail protection - unique wrap and XL flap
  • Full, adjustable belly cover

If you don't require neck protection the Sweet Itch Rug can be used alone. It can also be used with the Headless Sweet Itch Hood for amazing protection without covering the horse's face.

There is the option to add on Front Legs, Udder Cover or Sheath Cover providing extended coverage for the severe Sweet Itch sufferer. These items are purchased separately and need the appropriate attachments sewn on to the Sweet Itch Rug.*(see below)

The Sweet Itch Rug prevents coat bleaching and being mud proof and water repellent it is also fabulous as an under rug for Autumn/Winter use, to keep your horse clean and add that extra breathable layer for warmth.

The Sweet Itch Rug has been successfully protecting horses and ponies from Sweet Itch for over 20 years, all over the World! This is a much loved, extensively tried and tested design which has helped thousand of equines enjoy a more comfortable Summer season and therefore better quality of life.

As with all our products Snuggy Hoods offer a full after sales service that is second to none. Alterations, repairs and general advice are offered for the life of the product ensuring it is not a one season wonder!

Sizes - 4'6” to 7’6” (To order miniature sizes 2'6" - 4'3" please contact us.)
Colours - Beige, Brown & Haint Blue

Snuggy Hoods proudly support HorseWorld in Bristol. Several of their resident rescue ponies suffer severely with Sweet Itch and their Sweet Itch Hoods and Rugs help them lead a more comfortable life especially in the Summer months. To view a video of HorseWorld's itchy ponies modelling their Snuggy clothes CLICK HERE.

What is Sweet Itch?

Sweet Itch is caused by an allergic reaction to the bites of the Culicoides midge and, to a lesser extent, Simulium Equinum. At present there is no known cure for Sweet Itch. Once an equine develops the allergy it is generally affected every Spring, Summer and Autumn. There are two approaches to improving the comfort of an affected animal: to minimize the allergic reaction with corticosteroids, anti-histamines or soothing lotions or to minimise midge attack using a Sweet Itch Rug. The second method offers the most effective protection and avoids the need to use harsh chemicals, expensive repellents and messy oils or greases. The Snuggy Sweet Itch Rug has been approved by Veterinary professionals for the prevention of the midge bite allergic reaction.

* If purchasing an Udder Cover, Sheath Cover or Front Legs with the Sweet Itch Rug we will automatically add the necessary attachments before dispatch. If you are ordering just the Sweet Itch Rug but need any of the attachments added please let us know upon ordering (these attachments can be added free of charge when purchasing at full price).

The Snuggy Sweet Itch Rug is featured in Horse & Hound's "Best Sweet Itch Rugs Available"!

We recommend you order the rug size your horse usually wears. If in doubt you can measure your horse's/pony's rug size using a tape measure.

Measure from centre of the chest around the body to the back of the hind leg, to one side of the tail. See image below:-

Different fabrics have a different amount of stretch and therefore may fit differently. Please read the following advice when choosing a rug size or if you are unsure.

Shiny Show Lycra Rugs are very stretchy so choose smaller rather than bigger.

Our weatherproof rugs have a medium amount of stretch so order your horse's\pony's usually rug size or the closest size to their actual measurement. This applies to Spik & Span Rug, Sweet Itch Rug, and Bug Body.

Fleece Jams Rugs have a minimum stretch so order your horse's/pony's actual rug size or measurement.

Petticoat Rugs have no stretch in the fabric so choose bigger rather than smaller.

If in doubt please contact us for advice. All Rugs come complete with fitting instructions to help you when trying on for the first time.

For Continental and US rug sizing please see the conversion chart below:-

Rug Size
Ft & In
Ins Cms EU Back Seam
in Cms
Fits approx
3'0" 36" 91cm 60cm Under 10hh/Foal
3'3" 39" 99cm 65cm Under 10hh/Foal
3'6" 42" 107cm 70cm Under 10hh/Foal
3'9" 45" 114cm 75cm Under 10hh/Foal
4'0" 48" 122cm 80cm 10.0hh - 10.2hh
4'3" 51" 130cm 85cm 10.2hh - 11.0hh
4'6" 54" 137cm 90cm 11.0hh - 11.2hh
4'9" 57" 145cm 95cm 11.2hh - 12.2hh
5'0" 60" 152cm 105cm 12.2hh - 13.2hh
5'3" 63" 160cm 110cm 13.2hh - 14.0hh
5'6" 66" 168cm 115cm 14.0hh - 14.2hh
5'9" 69" 175cm 125cm 14.2hh - 15.2hh
6'0" 72" 183cm 135cm 15.2hh - 16.0hh
6'3" 75" 191cm 140cm 16.0hh - 16.2hh
6'6" 78" 198cm 145cm 16.2hh - 16.3hh
6'9" 81" 206cm 155cm 16.3hh - 17.0hh
7'0" 84" 213cm 160cm 17.0hh - 17.2hh
7'3" 87" 221cm 165cm 17.2hh - 18.0hh
7'6" 90" 229cm 175cm 18.0hh plus

United Kingdom Orders

Orders are dispatched using a 48 hour tracked service. Smaller items are dispatched with Royal Mail.

Standard delivery to the UK is charged at £2.95 for smaller packages. Large packages are charged at £4.95

Order total will be calculated and shown in your basket and at checkout. If you are unsure or would like a quote prior to ordering please contact us.

Snuggy Hoods aim to dispatch stock items within 3 business days (Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays) after the order was placed, subject to product availability. We will aim to dispatch Made to order items such as Jams, Lycra, Sheath and Udder Covers and Made to measure items within 10 days.

Please allow 14 days for delivery of orders placed during clearance sales or end of season sales as these are very busy periods.

No orders will be dispatched on Saturday or Sunday or Bank Holidays – unless by prior arrangement at extra cost to the customer. You must inform us as soon as possible if your parcel has been delayed or damaged in transit.

Delivery to a Postal Address

Deliveries are normally sent using either Royal Mail or a courier service. A signature will be required on delivery for all couriered packages. If you are not at home when the courier calls, a card will be left with details about how to reschedule your delivery.

European Orders

Standard delivery to the EU is charged at £6.95 for smaller packages. Any medium packages will be charged at a rate of £12.95. Large packages are charged at £19.95

Total delivery charge will be calculated and shown in your basket and at checkout. If you would like a quote prior to ordering please contact us.

American & Canadian Orders

Standard delivery to the US/Canada is charged at £7.95 for smaller packages. Any medium packages will be charged at a rate of £15.95. Large packages are charged at £25.95

Total delivery charge will be calculated and shown in your basket and at checkout. If you would like a quote prior to ordering please contact us.

Rest of the World Orders

Standard delivery to the US/Canada is charged at £7.95 for smaller packages. Any medium packages will be charged at a rate of £15.95. Large packages are charged at £25.95

Total delivery charge will be calculated and shown in your basket and at checkout. If you would like a quote prior to ordering please contact us.

Returns & Exchanges

Your rights to return goods are protected under the EU Distance Selling Directive.

Unspoiled goods may be exchanged or refunded if returned within 14 days of order along with proof of purchase. To be accepted for exchange goods must be in new condition with all original packaging. A pre-paid Royal Mail returns label is provided for all non-sale items/orders. This Postage label should be supplied on the back of your invoice or can be supplied to the customer by email or post if required, please call +441225 783399 or email sales@snuggyhoods.com to request. All sale items/orders are to be returned at the customer's expense. We don't charge additional postage for exchanges so the cost from Snuggy Hoods back to the customer is covered by us. Soiled goods will not be considered for exchange or refund. This does not affect your statutory rights. Please notify Snuggy Hoods of any goods that have been damaged in transit within 48 hours of receipt or no exchange will be considered. When returning goods please include full contact details, proof of purchase and reason for exchange or refund. Snuggy Hoods will not be responsible for returned goods that are lost in transit.

Please note, goods will only be considered for exchange or refund if they are clean and dry and in new condition. Snuggy Hoods offers a 'free returns and exchanges policy' so no extra postage charges will apply unless you choose to return items using a method other than our pre-paid postage label provided. PLEASE NOTE - the 'the free returns and exchanges' policy only applies to full price items/orders not discounted products. Please try to order the correct size and contact us if we can be of any further help with sizing.

Refunds will be issued by cheque, PayPal or credited via our card machine within 21 days of Snuggy Hoods receiving the item/s back in new condition.

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