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    03-12-2012, 07:41 PM
Summer Sheets.

I am trying to keep my horse cleaner this summer, and I would like to try getting a summer sheet. Does anyone know of a good quality but not overly priced light sheet? Or where would be a good place to buy one?
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    03-12-2012, 07:43 PM
I kept a fly sheet on my horse all last summer and it kept him very clean and also was very breathable and light and also kept bugs away. I plan to do the same thing this summer.
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    03-12-2012, 07:57 PM
Like Nicole, I recommend a fly sheet, unless they roll in a full mud pit it does keep your horse fairly clean, I personally recommend the Kensington brand of fly sheet (durable and attractive)

That being said if your looking for more on a sheet to keep off dirt I would recommend a nylon sheet, helps keep them shiny and dirt free, but I only recommend a nylon or cotton sheet for that matter if your horse is not on 24/7 turnout unless you or someone is out every day to check for sweating on a hot day or wet on a rainy day (things that aren't as big of issue if using fly sheet)

If you or someone can't be out every day (or at least on extremely hot/wet days) I don't recommend using a nylon/cotton sheet as it could do more harm then good, and a fly sheet or no blanket at all is the only way to go! The best way to a shiny clean horse is grooming grooming grooming and good quality feed (dirt always brushes/washed off )

And for nylon sheets I Have always had best luck with getting them custom made by a local blanket maker, less chance of rubbing issues and you can get your colors if that is not a option I have found the big D nylons sheets to be good quality

Best of luck
    03-12-2012, 10:54 PM
Thanks guys! I was thinking of going with a fly sheet, but I didn't know how this would do in the weather. I suppose it is very breathable though, so I might try it. Thanks!
    03-12-2012, 11:38 PM
Yes the good quality fly sheets are extremely breathable! I do recommend spending the extra money to get a good one because they will last a lot longer and will most of the time fit better

Another awesome thing about durable fly sheets is you can put them over your winter blankets and it protects them from playful horses and fences
    03-12-2012, 11:42 PM
Green Broke
A bit of a thread hijack, butttt...

The weather around my place usually gets up to the high 90s and 100s... Could I still use a fly sheet? The bugs are a terror!
    03-13-2012, 12:04 AM
Haha well up here in Canada we almost never get that hot :-p so I'm not a expert at that extreme heat.

Does it cool down at night? If possible maybe just blanket at night and on cooler days?

Someone else might have more knowledge about that heat but from what I know I would not recommend any type of blanket when it gets up to the 100's

Best of luck
    03-13-2012, 05:43 PM
Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
A bit of a thread hijack, butttt...

The weather around my place usually gets up to the high 90s and 100s... Could I still use a fly sheet? The bugs are a terror!
I don't think a very light mesh fly sheet would do any harm in those temps.

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