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    03-19-2012, 09:53 PM
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Is a fly sheet effective against sunburn?

My mare had lice and as a result, has large bald spots. I have treated the lice and am working on the bald spots. In the mean time, I'd like to keep her bald skin from getting sun burnt. Do fly sheets prevent sunburn? Sorry if this is a dumb question. I have never used a fly sheet or anything of that nature. I don't want to waste money buying the wrong thing.
     
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    03-19-2012, 09:56 PM
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Yearling
Yes I believe they do make fly sheets that have UV protection
     
    03-19-2012, 09:58 PM
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Green Broke
It will help. You could also apply baby sunscreen. Three of our horses have white noses that get sunburned. We use the long fly masks and put on the baby sunscreen SPF 30 or 50.
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    03-19-2012, 10:13 PM
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Thank you both very much for the responses. It sounds like a combination of sunscreen and the sheet is the way to go. How long does the sunscreen last?

Again, sorry for the noobie questions. I really should already know all of this. I have just never had any reason to put a sheet or blanket on either of my horses.
     
    03-19-2012, 10:25 PM
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Foal
Here is a sheet that protects against 50%-70% uv rays.

KODIAK Softmesh Combo Fly Sheet Fly Sheets Blankets and Sheets HorseLoverZ.com
     
    03-19-2012, 10:48 PM
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Thanks for the link JS. That is not a bad price at all and it says it ships within a day!
     
    03-19-2012, 10:58 PM
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That sheet doesn't look like it has air holes in it. It is 80 degrees here. My mare is a hard keeper. I can't have her sweating off her weight? Do you own that sheet? Do you have any problems with your horses sweating under it? Heck, It may be cooler that it looks. I just want to be sure before I buy it.
     
    03-19-2012, 11:16 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
That sheet doesn't look like it has air holes in it. It is 80 degrees here. My mare is a hard keeper. I can't have her sweating off her weight? Do you own that sheet? Do you have any problems with your horses sweating under it? Heck, It may be cooler that it looks. I just want to be sure before I buy it.
I don't own it yet but I have been told that since it is shinny that it is good at reflecting the heat as well as the uv rays. It is a sheet that has very small holes unlike flysheets therefore being able to help with uv rays. The bigger the holes the more like gets to the horse.
     
    03-20-2012, 01:08 AM
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Foal
I just remembered about the kool coat. It does all the same but it allows more air to your horse since you are worried about the heat (which is understandable). I haven't used them on my own horse but have used them on other horses. They work really well and I have never seen a horse sweat when they had them on, even when it was in the 90's.

Kool Coat Airstream Detach-A-Neck - Fly Sheets from SmartPak Equine
     
    03-20-2012, 09:06 AM
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Thank you for that link, JS. That one looks like what I need.
     

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