Sometimes a horse and rider just fit together. Heather Blitz and Paragon are a perfect example. They’re a fairy tale duo and an inspiration. Heather’s 17.3 hand chestnut shows it all off — the elegance, the extravagant movement and the blue fly bonnet. And not just any blue, electric blue — at the Pan Am Games, no less!
We’re seeing more and more dressage horses in fly bonnets, following on the heels of their showjumping compatriots. While a fly bonnet is a practical accessory when the insects become annoying, it’s also a great fashion accessory for your horse.
Despite how old-fashioned they sound (bonnets? veils?), there are some strikingly beautiful modern examples. I just heard about the De La Coeur line and all I can say is ooh la la. Well, I can also say abonimablement cher, but très ooh la la.
If this is a little over-the-top for you, the company also has more traditional, less “coming down the red carpet” bonnets, pony bonnets, and even a special edition bonnet that benefits thoroughbred rescue.
Custom orders are welcomed and you can opt for soundproof ears. So much better than cotton balls — or, to stay with the old-fashioned bonnet/veil theme, cotton wool.
I have to admit I’ve never really liked the look of those things. I had one years ago that I’d put on my arab when we went for a trail ride, it kept the flies out of his eyes but those darn deerflies would bite right through the ears!
Darn deerflies is right. And then there are those greenflies and the triangular ones that bite the split-second they land and hard.
Generally, I like to teach a horse to tolerate things — like bugs in the ears — but sometimes, it’s too big an attack and overly distracting for the horse and that’s when the fly bonnet comes out. More setting up for success!