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  • Flysheet Freak Out!

    I got my mare a flysheet/hood/fly mask combo and it fits her perfectly. She gets terrible bumps from bites in the summer so I figured I would get ahead of the game and get it on her before the flies got too bad!

    Now....I put it on her and she is fine until a fly gets trapped inside the flysheet. She kicks and runs in terror if she can feel them in there! It seems they fly up near the hind legs were the flysheet is looser for the legs to move.

    Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas on what to do?
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  • #2
    Yes, that is why I hate fly sheets! Especially when one of those B 52 bombers get up on their hip inside the fly sheet! Poor horses!

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    • #3
      DON'T use one! It happened to my extremely stoic TB more than a decade ago and he just about killed himself trying to get the thing off him but it was trapped . That was all I needed to see. No way in HELL would I put on a flysheet on either of my TB's when the horseflies, deerflies, etc. are out. NO. WAY.

      My horses are out 24/7 and they do wear the Rambo dustbusters at NIGHTIME and only at nightime when the mosquitos are out. Absolutely not during the day. I'm amazed at how many people use the sheets and claim that bugs don't get trapped under their horses' sheets. Um okay. My two wear flymasks 24/7 and my old guy (the one who tried to kill himself) wears the Rambo fly leg wraps (that just came out in stores) otherwise the bugs kill his legs (he's 31 and isn't very good at stomping his legs anymore ). I can make the wraps and flymask snug so there are no openings - that is the key - you can't have any openings otherwise you are just leaving the door open for bugs to get trapped and drive your horse crazy. I should add that my horses have access to shelter and will go inside when the bugs get bad - the nasty bugs don't llike the dark so they stay outside while my horses are inside. I do apply SWAT on their bellies, sheath on my gelding, teats on my mare, arm pits - basically places where my two can't reach. I don't use bug spray as it's total waste of money - I have yet to see a bug spray actually stop the bugs.

      So no I would NOT use a flysheet - it's just asking for trouble .
      "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England

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      • #4
        I've never had this happen....scary. I've got a horse that has a bug allergy so I bought him a small mesh sheet but haven't had to use it yet. When I was looking for a new sheet for himI saw a very expensive one that's made for horses with sweet itch that looks like bloomers because it has elastic edges so there would be no way for a but to get in there. It is hideous and expensive though. I may consider it if anything like this happens (I use sheets on my other horses too but have never had an issue).

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        • #5
          [QUOTE=ryansgirl;6269206]DON'T use one! It happened to my extremely stoic TB more than a decade ago and he just about killed himself trying to get the thing off him but it was trapped . That was all I needed to see. No way in HELL would I put on a flysheet on either of my TB's when the horseflies, deerflies, etc. are out. NO. WAY.

          My horses are out 24/7 and they do wear the Rambo dustbusters at NIGHTIME and only at nightime when the mosquitos are out. Absolutely not during the day. I'm amazed at how many people use the sheets and claim that bugs don't get trapped under their horses' sheets. Um okay. My two wear flymasks 24/7 and my old guy (the one who tried to kill himself) wears the Rambo fly leg wraps (that just came out in stores) otherwise the bugs kill his legs (he's 31 and isn't very good at stomping his legs anymore ). I can make the wraps and flymask snug so there are no openings - that is the key - you can't have any openings otherwise you are just leaving the door open for bugs to get trapped and drive your horse crazy. I should add that my horses have access to shelter and will go inside when the bugs get bad - the nasty bugs don't llike the dark so they stay outside while my horses are inside. I do apply SWAT on their bellies, sheath on my gelding, teats on my mare, arm pits - basically places where my two can't reach. I don't use bug spray as it's total waste of money - I have yet to see a bug spray actually stop the bugs.

          So no I would NOT use a flysheet - it's just asking for trouble :

          And I completely disagree. We typically have about 15 horses here in the summer and every one of them wears a fly sheet. And we have no problems. They would run like crazy animals if they weren't covered, and it also prevents sun bleaching. I am a HYGE believer in fly sheets.
          Laurie

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          • #6
            I spray the piping of the flysheet with this http://www.off.com/DeepWoods.aspx every few days. Seems to keep him pretty bug-free without spraying the actual stuff ON his skin. Cheap to buy @ Costco.
            A quick tutorial on interval training: Conditioning your horse for eventing

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            • #7
              Knocking wood, but so far no bugs under fly sheets in 5+ years of use. I have wonder if the sheets are snug enough. I have also sprayed the edges of the sheets to discourage bugs.
              "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
              Courtesy my cousin Tim

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              • #8
                Wow! I have never, ever (yet!) seen this happen. Maybe because we use the "kevlar" ones from Baker the flies don't get under it.

                BTW, does anybody remember what that "B-52" bug is actually called? The ones around NY/CT are jet black with a sky-blue rear end--and they're too small to shoot, too big to step on. The horses stand there and try to buck them off, then zoom into the run-in and scrape them off on the rugs!

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                • #9
                  I have never had this problem and use various fly sheets. Mine don't go out without their clothes on! Not only for flies but it keeps them clean and their coats from fading. I am not a fan of keeping a horse locked in a stall so this is a good alternative for me as mine do hate flies. I also use fly predators so maybe this is why it hasn't been an issue. We generally only have gnats & May flies which seem to go for the high areas.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SwampYankee View Post
                    they're too small to shoot, too big to step on.
                    That's funny and quotable. I don't think I have seen one though around here, nothing that big. Can you find it on google images?

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                    • #11
                      Could it be a Deerfly?

                      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-maDi2_yLxi...of_deerfly.jpg
                      A quick tutorial on interval training: Conditioning your horse for eventing

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                      • #12
                        Sometimes it is a tough call on whether to use a fly sheet or not. I have a mare that is very sensitive to bugs, resulting in golf ball to baseball sized welts. For me that is enough reason to keep the fly sheet on.

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                        • #13
                          Although it can happen, most people I know use fly sheets without issue - you can add a fly repellent spray or buy a sheet that has integrated fly repellent.

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                          • #14
                            Greenheads?
                            www.settlementfarm.us

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                            • #15
                              We call them horse flies. Some have green heads and some don't. They are huge and seem to only like the back, rump and top of the neck. I swear those things can have a pint of blood in them. I think they are worse in the south as they love hot humid weather.
                              They will drive a horse to drink!

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                              • #16
                                I know what she is talking about and am curious what they are actually called. They are about three times as big as a deer fly and sound like a helicopter . They are enormous and bite HARD!!!

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                                • #17
                                  BTW, does anybody remember what that "B-52" bug is actually called?
                                  Tabanus Atratus.

                                  Or it's common name is actually Giant Horsefly. Or Dark Giant Horsefly.

                                  I call them @#%%$#@ flies!

                                  The ones with the blue arses are Tabanid Common or Blue Tailed Fly. Big, but not enormous like the @#%%$#@ flies.
                                  You jump in the saddle,
                                  Hold onto the bridle!
                                  Jump in the line!
                                  ...Belefonte

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post

                                    The ones with the blue arses are Tabanid Common or Blue Tailed Fly. Big, but not enormous like the @#%%$#@ flies.
                                    As in

                                    "Well the pony jumped, he start, he pitch
                                    He threw my master in the ditch
                                    He died and the jury wondered why
                                    The verdict was the blue-tail fly"

                                    from the song I remember singing in grade school?

                                    cool

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                                    • #19
                                      Right!!!

                                      I always figured that must be what the song was about! The results are no exaggeration . . .

                                      These're BIG suckers!

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                                      • #20
                                        Yup! From that song!

                                        And those *&%$ers bite HARD! Nasty rotten things...have no idea why Mother Nature thought the ecosystem required those. Or ticks.
                                        You jump in the saddle,
                                        Hold onto the bridle!
                                        Jump in the line!
                                        ...Belefonte

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