Choosing a Fly Sheet for Your Horse

Choosing a Fly Sheet for Your Horse

As horse owners, we always strive to provide the best care and protection for our beloved companions. One essential item in a horse's wardrobe, especially during the warmer months, is a fly sheet. Fly sheets not only protect our horses from annoying and potentially harmful insect bites, but they also help to keep them cool and comfortable. In this blog post, we will explore the key factors to consider when choosing a horse fly sheet.

Material and Durability
When selecting a horse fly sheet, it is crucial to pay attention to the material and durability, and to take into consideration your horse's turnout situation and activity level. The sheet should be made of a lightweight and breathable fabric that is sturdy enough to withstand your horse's everyday activities. Popular materials include polyester mesh and nylon blend, as they are comfortable for the horse to wear. Kensington's Signature Protective Sheet is made of durable, USA-made Textilene mesh that provides superior airflow and durability for years of comfortable use. It is also important to choose a fly sheet that has strong and secure closures to ensure that the sheet stays in place and does not easily tear or become tangled.

The main purpose of a fly sheet is to protect your horse from the irritating bites of flies, mosquitoes, and other insects. Look for a fly sheet with a tight weave that provides maximum protection against these pests. Additionally, consider features such as a detachable neck cover to provide extra protection for the horse's sensitive neck and withers. Kensington fly sheets also can use our belly band (sold separately), which is especially useful for horses prone to midline irritations.

Breathability and Comfort
Horses can get overheated easily during the summer months, so it is crucial to choose a fly sheet that is breathable and comfortable. Opt for a sheet that allows for proper airflow, so your horse doesn't get sweaty or uncomfortable underneath. Look for features like shoulder gussets or mesh panels that enhance ventilation and prevent overheating. It's also important to ensure that the sheet fits properly without rubbing or restricting the horse's movement.

Fit and Sizing
Proper fit and sizing are crucial when choosing a horse fly sheet. An ill-fitting sheet can cause discomfort and rubbing, which may lead to skin issues. Take accurate measurements of your horse to ensure you choose the correct size, and check out our how-to video for more help. Look for features such as adjustable straps or elasticized gussets that allow for a customized fit.

Maintenance and Cleaning
Lastly, consider the ease of maintenance and cleaning when selecting a horse fly sheet. Ideally, choose a sheet that is machine washable and easy to clean. Fly sheets can get dirty quickly, so it's important to be able to regularly wash and maintain them to keep your horse protected and comfortable. With that said, you may want to consider having two sheets so your horse stays protected while one is being laundered.

Choosing the right horse fly sheet is a crucial decision to ensure your horse is comfortable and protected during the summer months. Consider factors such as material, durability, protection, breathability, fit, sizing, and maintenance when making your selection. Remember that every horse is unique, so it may take some trial and error to find the perfect fly sheet that suits your horse's needs. With the right fly sheet, you can keep those pesky flies at bay and ensure a happier and healthier horse.

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