Fly Sheet Guru: Or Just Someone Looking For a Solution!

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Fly sheets. I have had a few. And lately it seems I am on a constant search for the right kind. I am including all these below (the best of the best or the worst of the worst) to give you an idea of what worked, what didn’t, and how much each one cost! Cause we all want to penny pinch when we can!

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Per Remus who is very serious about fly control, fly sheets need to be light enough to be not sweat inducing and do the job of keeping flies off or at least deterring them.Β  They also need to be sturdy enough to stay in one piece (that is my requirement, Remus could care less). This is my own experience, no one is paying me for my reviews. I just wanted to share with you all so you can make a better choice than I might have once or twice! πŸ™‚ In no particular order, here you go!

Pricing structure is $ = under 60, $$ 60-100, $$$ 100 and up

TuffRider Power Mesh with detachable neck $ (57 bucks now on SmartPak)

Bought from SmartPak (PC SmartPak)

I know I have photos of Remus with this on but can’t find them. I have this exact one that is cobbled together from being put thru the wringer (two years old or more) but still going. I also have this one (a new one) in glacier blue. The glacier blue literally lasted one week in May before being returned due to the neck connectors breaking. They sent me a new one but I haven’t unwrapped it yet. I like this flysheet overall though there are a couple concerns. After the neck connectors broke on the old one, I ended up using double end clips on them. It works but not perfect.

Pros

Detachable neck

Priced in a lower bracket so easy on the wallet

Washes easily

Nice coverage

Belly band can be adjusted

Does a good job protecting from flies

Cons

Neck connectors and basic connectors are persnickity and could break (will break). The weight is heavy. But does not seem to cause sweating.

The halter tab at top is too short. The neck still stays up some though so not a deal killer.

Overall thoughts: I still like this fly sheet a lot. I just wish the connectors were better. The price could not be betterΒ  unless it was free!

SmartPak Summer Sheet (on clearance) $$ (63 bucks)

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This one I wanted to love. But there is probably a reason this is on sale on clearance. The sheet was heavier than I liked with only mesh uon the bottom. The neck was obscenely short (size78 for Remus and the neck was only half way up his neck. And Remus’s neck is NOT long, guys. Loved the connectors for the neck though and the traditonal belly buckles. Tail cover was decently long too. Wanted to love it but sent it back for a refund.

Pros

Priced in a lower bracket so easy on the wallet but not as low as the TuffRider

Love the connectors to the neck and belly band

Detachable neck

Nice coverage except for the neck (What the f)

Belly band can be adjusted nicely

Cons

Neck way too short

Material seems heavy enough to cause sweating (didn’t keep it long enough to try it)

Overall thoughts: Good price but failed in sizing. Why would the neck be that short? It does not look that short in the stock photo?

Loveson Zebra Fly Rug (Stateline Tack) $ (45 bucks)

I didn’t expect to like this at all. But not a bad flysheet for the price range! The neck is not quite long enough but covers almost up to the poll and stays up there pretty well. The belly band is a work in progress (velcro then buckles) and to be honest the first time I put it on Remus it literally was on backwards for 10 minutes. I could not figure it out. Each time I put it on him the learning curve is a bit shorter but I am still having trouble. Once it is on I like it. He mostly stays cool in it (it is a very light material so not sure how long it will last or how it would last in herd situations). The Zebra pattern doesn’t cure all the fly issues but seems to help (horse flies are a different breed and the only thing to help would be teflon or poison fabric I think). But I like this sheet a lot.

Pros

Priced LOW

Permanantly attached neck makes the issue of the connectors go away

Belly band can be adjusted nicely tho learning curve for fasteners

Cons

Neck still a bit short

Material is so light I worry about longevity but at least it is cool

Not sure how I like my horse looking like a Zebra in the field

Overall thoughts: Not a bad fly sheet. Would totally get another one. Again longevity, who knows? Price is excellent!

Amigo Evolution Fly Sheet $$$ (125 bucks) Bought from small business Two Old Mares Blanket Services

IMG_2615This one is pricier than I normally pay (but it was cheaper than elsewhere due to buying it from a small business owner who sells Horseware products instead of SmartPak, etc.)Β  I love this company, they also take care of my blanket cleaning needs even though I moved 900 miles away. You can google them or facebook them if you want to see what they carry but I 100 percent recommend them as sellers. Fast, FREE ship, excellent prices!! Two Old Mares Blanket Services

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I have only had this one about a week but so far I do love it. I love Amigo products (most of Remus’s winter blankets are Amigo made). I am not sure on the color and if it really helps but hell I am willing to try. Remus seems to love this sheet and even though it is a heavier feeling he does not sweat (or seems to not sweat much under it).

The neck is attached, the cut is long on purpose. The tail flap is long. But it fits Remus well. No shifting even when he rolls (which he does a lot of). Belly coverage is excellent. Neck coverage is pretty damn good too.

Pros

Permently attached neck makes the issue of the connectors go away

Belly band can be adjusted nicely, it has velcro then the belly surcingles

The color seems to deter flies a bit.

Cons

Pricier than the rest (you get what you pay for?)

Overall thoughts: Excellent so far. It passed the roll test already. Will see how long it lasts, I hope it lasts longer than the cheaper fly sheets but I do like it so far. Remus even ventured out on a hot day with flies the other day. Unheard of in other sheets.

There you go! I have a few other fly sheets that I tried but they either weren’t worth a review or are so old they aren’t really sold anymore. If anyone has any questions on these let me know! Hope it helps people make a decision.

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21 thoughts on “Fly Sheet Guru: Or Just Someone Looking For a Solution!

  1. I seriously go back and forth about getting May a fly sheet. Maybe next year. However, your blanket cleaning/repair/waterproof place might need a phone call from me. πŸ˜‰

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  2. I really like Two Old Mares but I’m too lazy to take my blankets down for cleaning/repairs… I will before summer is over…

    I can only add in a review of kensington and Rambo and if you’d like, Saratoga Horseworks Saratoga Summer Turnout which Subi used to wear… Everything else isn’t made anymore… Lol. I used to have an Amigo Bug Buster that died years ago and a Rambo Quarter Horse that also died (that thing was a workhorse–LOVED IT! Belly straps finally came off) and a Schenider’s that ALSO died.

    I wish I had a spare for Batt but he’s NOT getting a second Rambo and now he’s not even getting a Zebra sheet since he’s getting medicine!

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  3. Have you tried the schneider’s mosquito nets ones? I keep looking at them, but I don’t really need more fly sheets… But they come in green… But also, now I have to buy for three which is pretty ridiculous for something I don’t need.
    Anyway, hope one of these turns into the real MVP for you guys!

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    1. i have not. I think they are pricey and I had a fly sheet once in that kind of material for Remus (it was not a Schneider but similar) and he really got hot in it. I guess I should try one sometime. OR YOU SHOULD πŸ™‚ HA!

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    2. We have one of the SS mosquito net ones and it’s ok. I don’t love it. I don’t hate it. It doesn’t fit Eugene very well, which is mostly why I don’t love it. He wears SS winter blankets and I ordered the same size as them, so maybe size up for the fly sheet.

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  4. Thanks for the reviews. I am fighting flies big time here in west Texas, especially horse flies!
    Got 2 bite lite horsefly traps from smartpak. Weigh about 30?lbs, took me about 1 1/2,weeks to put together. Since Saturday, one trap caught 20 horseflies and 2 deer flies. Then, high winds blew it over Tuesday evening. Will put back up, the thing actually seems to be working!

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  5. Oh man, working at a big boarding barn I’ve groped every fly sheet under the sun. Opie has the TuffRider without the neck because I’m cheap AF, but it held up excellently for its first year last year and didn’t make him overheat at all which was my main concern. I’d definitely buy it again. My BM just got the SmartPak sheet for her personal horse and those weirdly long cutouts around the belly band are so confusing to me. They seem like they hang down as an invitation to let bugs fly right under the sheet.

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    1. Yes I love the TuffRider and prefer without the neck until I moved to HorseFly Island SMH. YES the amigo evolution is long too but not as long as that smartpak one. Looks like they are wearing a skirt! HA HA

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  6. This is a really great guide – thank you for putting it together! I’ve wondered about fly sheets and have them on my radar if the horses are too uncomfortable in the dry lot once home. Will definitely refer back to this!

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  7. Our barn manager swears by the Turtle Fly Sheets- and after trying them for the past couple of years, I have to agree. They are lightweight but durable, and don’t make the horses sweat (or not sweat as much as other sheets, given 90% Carolina humidity + heat). Expensive but well worth it!

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    1. OH SO GOOD TO KNOW! I saw those but noticed the measurements are different. Are they difficult to size? How do they fit your horses? THANKS SO MUCH I wanted one of those but never bit the bullet. πŸ™‚

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      1. Well, Jack is a giant, and fairly long in all directions, and I’d say it covers his neck and length well. I need to see what size it is that he wears- I actually purchased mine from the barn owner when her horse passed and Jack is the same size… lemme get back to you!

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