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  • Are fly sheets hard on horses

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    05-07-2008, 10:25 PM
They are pretty breathable...most aren't that thick either. ;) It's a sheet not a blanket.
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    05-07-2008, 11:26 PM
I understand that! ;) But it's still an extra covering...Hmmm I don't know.
    05-07-2008, 11:45 PM
I fly blanket my girl in the spring/summer. It saves me on flyspray!!

I've tried the weatherbeeta airflow was nice but it didn't stay on well, she ended up ripping it...long story...but it was a NICE blanket....

I currently have the Amigo Bugbuster. It's a VERY NICE sheet. It's very soft but strong. Stays in place and keeps the bugs off. Nice sheet overall. Looks funny, but serves it purpose very well!!
My girl would roll around many times a day in this sheet and it always stayed on well. Keep in mind, she's a draft horse, so she really put the stress test to it! I love this sheet!! I've got pictures...she looks soo funny!!

As for getting hot, the sheet ( a good sheet ) actually is supposed to help the horse stay cooler. It reflects the sun off the horse. My girl wore her Amigo sheet in high 90 degree/100 degree weather. She seemed content and I don't remember any sweating.

I've seen the cheaper mesh sheets though, and unless your horse is gentle on blankets, I wouldn't recommend them .
    05-08-2008, 08:09 AM
Green Broke
I worry about him overheating in those. Should I keep them on him even in hot weather? (90degrees+)[
The only reason our horses don't wear them year round is because of the heat factor. Where we are, the horses would be out for an hour - hour 1/2 in a mostly shaded paddock, but would come in absolutely lathered under their sheets. Perhaps it is the humidity here more than the heat itself, but we just don't use them in the summer anymore. Maybe an area with less humidity is different??

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    05-08-2008, 10:09 AM
Well if it's realllly humid I don't suggest wearing them. ;) But if it's kinda hot but not like humid (humidity can be an issue with blankets/sheets) then it's okay. :)
    05-08-2008, 05:43 PM
I'm near lake Michigan, in fact my barn is about a mile way from it, and so it is usually breezy. I can't remember if it is humid here or not, I know some days are and some days are really dry and nasty. I suppose if I'm sweating while standing In the shade, its probably too humid for a sheet.
    05-09-2008, 06:26 AM
That Amigo looks interesting. I have been thinking about getting fly sheets for our girls. Since we have 4 horses that would need them the cost has been holding me back. As far as them getting hot, I would think a light colored sheet on a dark horse would have to be cooler than nothing at all since the white/light would reflect more sun then their dark hair
Your right though Abby, if its very humid I think I would skip the sheet and go for the bug spray.
    05-11-2008, 11:58 PM
I have had the same concern with my colt. He is black and I don't want him to bleach out. Been looking around for a good fly sheet for this summer but it is hard to find one that I wont have to replace due to ripping.

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