Horse Podcast Ep 140: Horse Equipment – Fly and Rain Sheets

Can you ever really have too much horse equipment or tack? In today’s episode, Heather discusses some pros and cons of both fly and rain sheets.  The first question you need to ask when looking at horse equipment is, does my horse really need this? Well of course they do they’re our pets, lol.  Horse equipment needs to have a purpose to justify the purchase so make sure it fits correctly and will give you the protection you are looking for.  Things like wither protection, tail cover, and good leg straps are important when looking at a sheet. Keep in mind that horses can be very hard on sheets and the material isn’t really designed for abusive use.  Fly sheets only usually survive one season if you can get two bravoes. Rain sheets are usually a little more durable so you may get a few more years from them.

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Horse equipment – Fly Sheets

Top things to consider when choosing a flysheet. Cooling or at least not going to make them
warmer in the summer months. They need to have good shoulder gussets and fleece or something on the withers, tail flap for ease of movement with no rubbing.. Uv protection is something else to consider, which is super important for the grey coloured horses as they are more prone to skin diseases from the sun. And lastly don’t get too attached to these blankets. They will rip and shred, it’s the nature of them not being too thick or warm.

Horse equipment – Summer and Rain Sheets

Summer/ rain sheets are more durable but they will make your horse warmer, which is fine if you are using it as a rain sheet or going to and from a show to keep them clean. Things to consider with these styles of horse equipment are, choose breathable fabrics, make sure the fit is good, leg straps, shoulder gussets, and wither protection. rain sheets must be checked daily, as they can cause rain rot and other skin irrational if left on too long in hot climates. Rain sheets are best used in cooler times.

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  • Fly sheets with neck and ear bonnets
  • Shoulder gussets and wither protection
  • Fly boots
  • Cooling blankets

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