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  1. #1
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    Default Fly Sheet Reviews

    My dark bay mare is now out on 24 hour turn out (which she loves), but her coat is bleaching out very quickly.

    I'd like to get her a fly sheet with neck cover more to protect her coat and give her a little more fly relief. She will be in it all the time, so looking for something durable and cool.

    I was looking at the oatmeal covered Rambo and the amigo on Dover's site.

    For those of you who use a fly sheet, which one do you use and what do you reccomend.



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    I feel like a broken record, but the Fly Turtle is my choice.

    Suggest you do a search. This comes up approximately once a week, every week, from March to September. Try going into the Advanced Search menu, searching for the phrase "fly sheet", choose "Search Titles Only", and near the bottom choose "Show Threads" instead of Show Posts. You'll be DRIPPING in threads, literally dozens of them on this exact topic.
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  3. #3
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    I bought two "cool coat" fly sheets with neck hoods
    from State line. Frankly they are not cool at all. My horses are sweating in them on hot days , even in the shade. .
    Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
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    Radon makes a nice fly sheet - BUT not neck coverage - excellent for "stalled" horses IMHO ....
    Zu Zu Bailey " IT"S A WONDERFUL LIFE !"



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    I love the Rambo sheets with neck covers - my favorite by FAR.

    I also use Quic Screen sunscreen spray. You mist it on the coat once a week, and it REALLY works!

    Also Tri-Tec 14 fly spray has a built-in sunscreen and coat conditioners.

    Feeding black oil seed, flax, and rice bran improves coat, but even more than that is the Smart Omega 3 from www.smartpakequine.com. That stuff makes coats amazing!

    I have a black bay that hasn't faded out at all the last 2 years using these tricks.



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    If your only concern is coat fading, I don't think a fly sheet would be the way to go. Reason being, they do sweat under them. There are other options that won't inhibit air circulation.

    Do't get me wrong, I am all for fly sheets on horses who need the protection from flies. I have one who lives in his. But in the heat, he does get sweaty around the shoulders and chest, moreso than he would without the sheet. BUT, it's either this or have no hair from the shoulders forward. Literally.

    I have a Fly Turtle for him. It's awesome, though not indestructible on a bottom-of-the-pecking-order wussy gelding. I have had it replaced once already. They do stand behind their warranty though, at least for one replacement!

    If it were my horse, I would try the SmartOmega3 and a coat sunscreen first.



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    Thanks for the instructions on the advanced search. I tried seaching before I posted and couldn't find the threads. Lost of good info there following the instructions.

    Also thianks for the tips on the SmartOmega3.

    I bought fly spray with sunscreen and a separte sunscreen to spray on her, but only started that a few weeks ago.

    I am afraid its may be too late to save her coat this year. Would all think the SmartOmega3 would repar the coat. Maybe not bring the color back, but atleast bring back some of the shine and moisture?



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    The supplement is absolutely worth a try. My horses already had their full summer coats when I started it, and I started noticing major changes within a couple of weeks. After a month for sure, it was like WOW. I could not believe the shine. http://www.hphoofcare.com/Conformation.jpg She grew in dapples, which she has never had before.



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    Fly Turtle! Most amazing product I have found. The chiro was out recently and raved about the fit. Said it was the first blanket she'd ever seen that really allowed freedom of movement. I have mine on a fiesty 2yo (with bug issues). No rips, snags, etc and she wears it 24/7 in pasture. It never slips, turns, truly amazing. Lightweight woven fishing line. It was 103 today and no sweat underneath (it was breezy though). A bit pricey at 135, but includes neck cover, replacement straps and a 1 year warranty.
    Do not toy with the dragon, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!



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