Fly sheets come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. How do you know which is best for your horse? Let's look at 3 most common fly sheet styles, and their benefits.
Soft polyester fly sheets lay closely against the horse, draping and conforming to the horse. They are ideal for horses with sensitive skin and can get rubs from blankets easily. They are typically quite breathable, however can absorb moisture if rained on or the horse sweats heavily. These fly sheets are often the most comfortable, but the least durable. They can tear easily if your horse is rough on blankets. Luckily, they are also usually economical if needing replaced.
These fly sheets are described as Textilene or vinyl coated mesh. They "tent" on the horse, sitting just above the skin to allow air flow between the fly sheet and the horse. They are highly durable, great for horses rough on their blankets. These sheets do not hold water at all and are great for wet and rainy climates. They can however be too hot for extremely high temperatures or horses who are heavy sweaters. These fly sheets are typically more expensive, but also last for years without repair or replacement.
Fine nylon, also called micro mesh, window mesh, or microfilament, are great for the tiniest of bugs. They are extremely fine mesh so protect well against mosquitos and no see ums. They do not absorb moisture and allow for plenty of airflow. These fly sheets are durable, however not as durable as vinyl/textilene. They are often mid range in price and can last usually at least a few seasons if not more.
There are many types of fly sheets on the market, with the 3 above being often the most commonly found. I hope this article helps you choose the best fly sheet for your horse, for a happy and bug free summer!
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