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I was just looking at one of my local tack stores and saw earplugs for horses. I am assuming they are for flies? What I want to know is does any buddy use these? What are your opinions on using them? Thanks!
 

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They are used for mounted shooting. I've never used them but have seen them used on a show about mounted shooting.
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They're also used in horse shows to help keep a horse from getting distracted. Often times horses that are wearing fly bonnets have earplugs in underneath:



I don't think they'd be very effective against irritation from flies, since the ear plugs are down in the ear canal and flies usually stay on the outside of the ear.
 

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What are your thoughts on Fly sheets? Don't you think the horse would be ten times hotter with it on in the summer??
 

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It depends on the material and color. Most fly sheets are white, which reflects heat better than black/bay/brown fur, so as long as the fabric is very breathable it could make them more comfortable. Generally the more expensive fly sheets are more likely to use a higher end technical fabric that breathes better (though, of course, more expensive doesn't always equal better!)
 
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Ear plugs are used for times when the horse needs hearing protection or for when the horse is in a situation where little noises will cause a distraction. On windy days, I will put ear plugs on my horse because he will just keep spooking at the noises the wind makes.

Fly sheets are usually a light color, or the new trend is a zebra pattern. Usually they don't make it uncomfortable for a horse. I have a riding fly sheet in blue and my horse is not any hotter when he wears it.
 

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In regards to fly rugs, a mare at my work wears one of these rugs in the height of summer, which covers almost all available skin, and she has never once come in hot and sweaty. We have to walk all four mares up the road in the summer to the field and they all wear fly sheets, and we've often had members of the public stop and ask why we are being so "cruel" - we just have to calmly explain why what we are doing is actually better for them.

 

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Ear plugs come in handy for clipping the hair in the inner ear too. You can put the plugs in, clip the ear and the plug keeps the hair from falling down into the ear and helps cut the noise of the clipper which really bothers some horses. When you pull the plugs out of the ears after clipping they help sweep the hair right on out. I use Pomms and the horse and I both like them.

 

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OMG the little part over the ears is so cute!
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I know! It's like getting her out of Fort Knox in the mornings, what with the five neck/under chin fastenings, the three velcro belly straps and the leg straps, but it's worth it! She looks adorable with it on, and it's great because her poll was one of the places that got most irritated!
 

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My sister uses earplugs on her pony when the arena is noisy (wind, rain, hail, snow falling off rooks, random equipment being used the pony isn't used to). She has been known to bolt and buck when she spooks so I guess it is used as a small safety device? I am not sure how effective it is.
 

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Wow those are all interesting, and that fly sheet is to DIE FORRRR!!!!! I'd have to see if I can get one this summer for my boy! But one more question sorry haha when you have their fly sheets on do people stop using the bug spray on them or do they use both?
 

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Wow those are all interesting, and that fly sheet is to DIE FORRRR!!!!! I'd have to see if I can get one this summer for my boy! But one more question sorry haha when you have their fly sheets on do people stop using the bug spray on them or do they use both?
The little filly who wears that fly sheet still gets fly spray wiped over her face, between her front legs (where the belly doesn't cover), and between her hind legs, otherwise she kicks up between her back legs and cuts herself, silly moo.
 
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