Ok so I moved to my new barn last october (p.s. Its amazing there!!!! My girl is doing great!) and everyone is gearing up for summer. The thing is they all are using fly sheets... I mean I understand using fly masks to protect their face from flies and really bright sun, but does the flysheet work that much better to keep the flies off them? Other people have told me they just use it to keep their darker horses from getting sunbleached which I can understand. But won't the horses get too hot? Do they really work any better than just using flyspray regularly?
Also while we're on the subject of horseware, how many people use hoods on their winter blankets? I've never used a hood but it seems like everyone at this barn uses hoods too. P.S. I live in MN where its like subzero (below -17 degrees C) during the winter yet its magically 90 degrees (above 30 degrees C) in the summer.
Is it worth it to invest in a fly sheet and winter hood or am I succumbing to peer pressure?