Fly sheets - the good, the bad & the pricey
I am on a quest to discover the best fly sheet for my horse. I have used several brands in the past, some worked some didn't. I seems difficult to choose...too many options, not a lot of good info...
Currently I am using Kensington sheets on two of my horses. This is the second year for one horse, the first year for the other. Description of the sheets says textaline (PVC coated?) 1000 denier. I really am not sure what that means, but the sheet is very stiff feeling.
The good: they hold up to a long, hot summer, more than one season and even seem to be working ok with current barbed wire fencing. They really shorten grooming time! Very few tears even though it is worn 24/7 for 7+/- months. Unofficial study of my own horses on two very hot days, showed horses more sweaty without the sheet that with it on.
The bad: Really don't fit the horses quite right, they hang too long down the sides on the QH & the arab/paint cross. They did fit my warmblood well, but I don't have him anymore. They are in dark colors (or ugly light ones) which make them hotter. The neck area is too long, causing the neck opening to extend behind the withers. They stink when they get wet. They are on the pricey side ($120 the least I can find them).
The problem? I don't think I can find a size to fit my new Rocky. He is 14.3 hands & measures 71" in length (short, yes? My previous horse wore an 80"!). I tried on the 72" the QH mare wears, and it fit from withers to rump, but only if I pulled the chest strap out over a foot in front of his actual chest!
Since he is Chocolate color (silver dapple on black horse for you technical ppl) he gets very hot in our hot, humid climate.
I would love to get everyone's advice on fly sheets. The only other ones I have tried were Saxon by Weatherbetta, which yes is soft, but ripped totally up the first 3 days and went in the trash can...Defender, which worked well for 2 seasons but they have since changed to a "softer" sheet so I am afraid to try one.
Has anyone used other fly sheets in the pasture that worked? I expect my new Rocky will be tough on sheets because he often has little scrapes in his coat most days. Still a little young & mouthy too.