Horse's fly veil : Australian Light Horse, AIF

Unit Light Horse
Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Palestine
Accession Number RELAWM04226
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Leather; String
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1916-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

Horse's fly veil featuring a strip of brown leather to which is attached a large number of lengths of string cords which hang to form a fringe. At one end of the leather strip is stamped an '8', at the other is 'Cd.15'.

History / Summary

This British-made horse's fly veil was used by an Australian Light Horse unit in Palestine.

Attracted to the moisture in the animal's eyes, flies were both an annoyance and a serious threat to the health of the horses of the Light Horse. These fly veils were attached to the brow band of a horse's bridle and protected the animal's eyes from the ever-present flies in Sinai and Palestine campaigns.