To fly sheet or not to fly sheet… that is the question.
Green grass, warmer temps and longer days. This is my favorite time of the year. In fact, our horses love it too! But give it a few more weeks when those pesky flies and mosquitoes take over, and your ponies will be at the gate begging to come in by mid-day.
So I ask you – do you use a fly sheet? If not, it is certainly something to think about…
Make summer turnout more pleasant – Not all farms offer night turnout for the summer, which means your horse may have to take in the heat of the day out in a field. The extra head shaking, body twitching, foot stomping and tail swishing can cause a lot of unnecessary stress and less grazing. A fly sheet helps create a barrier to bugs and lessens bug bites.
Sunblock – Today, many fly sheets come with UV protection. This can be important in lighter-colored and pink-skinned horses who are prone to sunburn. Additionally, if you have a darker show horse, UV fly sheets can keep their coats from fading.
Cut down on allergens – There is always that one horse in the barn who seems to have an allergic reaction to bug bites, developing itchy welts, and in turn spends the day biting and scratching themselves, again, resulting in less grazing. Using a fly sheet can help prevent bugs from getting to the skin and lessen allergic reactions.
Cleanliness – Grass stains and excess dust and dirt are a common part of summer turnout, but a fly sheet can help you keep your horse much cleaner! Fly sheets are even a great option for summer horse shows.
Keeping cool – Fly sheets come in different fabrics, but are primarily made of mesh that lets air circulate freely. This helps keep your horse cool even on the hottest days!
Less fly spray – Let’s be honest, you spray your horse in the morning before he goes out, but within the hour, he is stomping and swishing. He is sweating, he has rolled, and now your fly spray is no longer effective. A fly sheet is a great alternative! And, you don’t have to continue to spay all day
My advice to you… before summer kicks into high gear, consider investing in a fly sheet. There is practically one for every budget, and your horse will thank you! Check out all these great fly sheet options from The Carousel Horse
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