We get a ton of rain here, so I'm a big fan of blankets. Rain=Mud + Rolling Horse=Muddy Horse! I hate grooming through mud and I hate tacking up over mud remnants too!
Anything called a "stable blanket" or "water resistant" is not water PROOF and I won't buy it. I guess if your barn changes your horse's blanket before and after turnout every day, it might be nice to have a separate "stable blanket" and "turnout blanket."
2 heavy weight blankets with neck cover (Waterproof/Breathable) for winter.
1 medium weight blanket (Waterproof/Breathable) for late fall/early spring.
2 Sheets (Waterproof/Breathable) for fall and spring
2 Fleece coolers for cooling out or shows (if we ever show)
1 Irish Knit sheet because it was by Amigo and like $9 new.
2 Fly Sheets - haven't decided yet if I'll use them this summer.
I usually buy 2 of each type so that I can be sure to have one available to use if one is at the cleaners.
I've become a real "clothes horse" har har har I used to just skip past the blanket pages in catalogs....now I ogle over them for hours!
so if htey wear a fly blanket does that mean they don't need ANY fly spray or repellants?
Not necessarily. It really depends on where your horse lives and your barn's waste management methods. If poo is picked out of pastures/stalls daily and shipped far far away to a disposal site...flies may not be too much of a bother. Also, if there isn't much standing water or other prime bug-breeding grounds, then your fly population may be lower.
I'm still not sure yet on how important fly sheets are for protecting against flies. I can't really remember ever seeing a fly on my horse other than his head. Yeah, I have fly sheets, but I think they may be better for sun protection than anything. A Fly MASK is a total necessity, in my opinion. I hate seeing all the flies just grubbing on my horse's eye boogers! They do make fly sheets (Amigo Bug Buster for one) that have fly repellent pre-installed that lasts for something like 20 washes. And they make those goofy leg fly wraps too. :roll:
ah, not sure on the waste management, i know all the crap goes in a big pile for manure/compost somewhere away from the horses, but not sure how often the pastures get "mucked." it drives me crazy when there are flies on any part of any animal, it's disgusting, and the animals really seem to be bothered by it. especially when it's on their face or eyes. is there any certain brand of fly masks you recommend?
^^oh my goodness!
I use a fly mask, but its to mostly just protect Vega's eyes, well the skin around them. A vet recommended i get a fly mask for her because she has pink skin around her eyes, so i did.
Oh, I'm not saying they're useless, they work wonders on horses that they fit well, but I've never gotten up the guts to put one on... plus my last gelding, who might have acutally needed one, was psycho, I couldn't imagine putting a fly mask on him!