Fly Sheets (3 questions) - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 05-11-2014, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 525
• Horses: 4
Fly Sheets (3 questions)

Are they worth the investment, as far as actually keeping flies off?

Do you "get what you pay for" or does price point really matter?

Could they be a DIY project, or do they need to be store-bought?

BadWolf is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 05-11-2014, 06:09 AM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Posts: 6,226
• Horses: 5
We don't use fly sheets, but the benefit that you get will depend largely on what type of flies you care about. Around here the most bothersome flies (to the horses) are the biting flies that bother the legs and belly, and the horse flies (later in the summer). Covering the belly can help some for bot flies, but obviously don't help the legs. Fly sheets will help a lot with horse flies since the sheets are typically light colored and horse flies pursue large, dark colored objects. As with any covering, the down side is that you do have to watch for chafing/rubbing from the edges and straps.
Our horses just stay in their shelter when the biting bugs are bad (typically sunny, hot days between 10am and 4pm).

On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
PaintHorseMares is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 05-11-2014, 11:15 AM
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 35
• Horses: 0
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.
DressageHorse is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 05-11-2014, 07:24 PM
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: The South Ya'll
Posts: 180
• Horses: 1
As far as the price goes, it is more about finding what fits and works for you. Some are a mesh and others are a fabric. Just to simplify:
-sun protection from coat/skin damage
-keeps them clean

-not super effective at fly control but does help some
-may rub like any blanket/sheet
-may cause sweating
-various repairs

Honestly I am on the fence as far as whether or not I like them/think they are useful. It depends on horse, person, facility, climate etc etc etc.

I would not think it would be an easy DIY project nor much cheaper in the long run.
Jumper Princess is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 05-11-2014, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 525
• Horses: 4
Sounds like they're a bit of a risky investment.
I think I'll be looking into some different options.
Thanks :)
BadWolf is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fly sheets? plomme Horse Tack and Equipment 7 05-22-2013 12:34 AM
fly sheets clio Horse Tack and Equipment 7 07-07-2012 04:39 PM
Fly sheets? Lucara Horse Tack and Equipment 7 09-08-2009 06:57 PM
Fly Masks/Turnout Sheets/Fly Sheets...HELP!! Tennessee Horse Tack and Equipment 3 07-25-2009 10:15 AM
Fly Sheets! Abby Horse Tack and Equipment 17 05-11-2008 11:58 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome