05-11-2014, 11:15 AM
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I never have luck with them. They always rip, even when my horse is pastured alone. I had him pastured with no other horses last summer (horses in adjacent fields but he doesn't get along with them and is perfectly content in his own pasture) and even then it was in shreds half way through the summer. They are just to expensive when they don't last. He is not usually that hard on blankets either, his winter blanket never rips, but I just think that fly sheets are too fragile for normal pasture use. I do however have a very light fly/scrim sheet that I will through on him if we are at a show or tied, where he is unable to move around much to keep the bigger bugs off. I DO however always use a fly mask with ears because he gets a lot of bug bites in his ears. Even though one will only last a month because they also rip, I am more willing to replace those as they are cheaper. I think fly spray works just as good and is more natural for them (I have had a horsefly get under the flysheet and THAT is not pleasant and is difficult for them as having them under the sheets is so unnatural). The flysheets always rub him really bad on his wither as well, which is not something that happens with his winter blanket.