The Bucas Sweet Itch Zebra Full Neck Sheet helps prevent sweet itch. Sweet Itch is a condition caused by an allergic reaction to the bite of Culicoides midges, usually resulting in lesions on the topline, mane, tail and abdomen. Hypersensitive horses and ponies can cause further damage by rubbing the irritated areas. The Sweet Itch Zebra Sheet has a specially developed fabric that prevents even the smallest midges from biting, with the added protection of the zebra stripes against other biting insects. The full neck is not removable. This design is a full body cover, with a neck that reaches to the ears covering the whole mane area. An elasticated, detachable belly flap covers from the elbow to the sheath, offering protection to the horses whole body. Shoulder darts enable freedom of movement and a generous tail flap covers this hugely problematic area, preventing the small biting flies reaching the tail. Leg straps keep it firmly in place during your horses time in the field, and an overlapping, padded and lined front ensures it stays comfortable no matter how long your horse needs to wear it. Bucas Sweet Itch Zebra also offers UV protection for horses preventing sunburn and stopping the coat from getting bleached. Based on several clinical studies conducted in Europe and the US, the alternating black and white stripes have been proven to discourage flies, protecting zebras from the irritation and harmful effects of biting insects. To be effective, the pattern has to be a true zebra pattern, not a fashion pattern. Beware of imitations.