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Fly Sheets in Houston Weather??
My horse keeps getting beat up by the horses next to him (stall to the right and left of him). We've already moved horses around as much as we could, and it isn't as bad but there's surely new cuts. I love the barn and I do not want to move barns, so I was thinking about getting a fly sheet with a neck cover and put a fly mask on him (the barn doesn't have a fly problem but he's beat up on his head and shoulders) and seeing if that would help. The problem- I live in NW Houston and it gets HOT and HUMID!! In the summer it is over 100 often with 70-75% humidity. He does have a fan in his stall but it does not make a big difference. His stall does have a trap so he can be inside or outside as he pleases. Is it too hot to sheet? Any people around me use fly sheets with no problem?
How is he getting beat up in his stall by other horses? Are they being allowed to bite at eachother through the dividers?
A fly sheet wont offer much protection against bites and scraps, it pretty thin material. Is there anyway to build up his run so the other horses can't get their heads over to bite him in the first place?
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As long as you get a breathable mesh fly sheet, it shouldn't bother him too much. I had a very sensitive skinned horse in southern Missouri, where we would get that same crazy humidity/heat and he was fine, and much happier, in his fly sheet. I would worry about how many times are going to have to replace the flysheet if his buddies can reach it and try to rip it off though....I like the idea of either building up his run or adding different fencing to it to keep his friends from chewing on him. Best of luck!
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