I remember around 45 years ago trying to find an ear bonnet for my horse against the deer flies when we went through wooded areas.
All I could find after a lot of searching (no internet back then) was a scrim ear net, I think Little Joe’s Saddlery in Richmond, Va. had it for sale.
I excitedly bought one. Turned out it was sized for a big draft horse, not a fine headed Anglo-Arab.
It did work somewhat against the gnats (if they did not get through the inevitable gaps) and the deer flies, but it was just so easy for my horse to shake it off.
I was so HAPPY when the more modern ear bonnets came out. They sure work better than that draft horse sized scrim ear net for the horses I ride.
I live in the South, in NC. Spring is gnat season and gnats just drive the horses insane.
Then come the regular flies, lots and lots of them.
Then come the buzz-bomber flies.
I adore the ear bonnets. They have made the horses I ride a lot happier and riding is safer for me.
I don’t do fashion. No dropped browbands or crystals for this lady (I think those dropped browbands look gross, just my humble opinion.) I have never put bandages on my horse’s legs for anything other than trailering (with cottons underneath, it was a long time ago.) I don’t do color coordinated anything, though it hurt that when I NEEDED an ear bonnet one time all I could find was a purple one with pink trim–yuck!–but the horses needed one.
If I did not have to deal with all the gnats and flies I would not use one because I used to like looking at my horse’s ears when I rode.