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Riding Fly Sheets Q's

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  • Riding Fly Sheets Q's

    I saw some threads about these but had a few unanswered questions.

    I just got the Cashel Bug Armor 2 piece, but can you attached the butt piece to the saddle without D rings? My dressage saddle has no back D rings.

    Also, anyone use the Rambo/Amigo set? Can you use the neck piece separately? Looks like from the pic it attaches to the quarter sheet part and not saddle.

  • #2
    A couple of people at the barn where I board had the cashel model. I never really got that close to see how it was put together, always just saw them riding with both pieces on. I have the amigo fly rider which my picky TB mare loves. The 1/4 sheet section has a cut out under the saddle. The neck section attaches to the front of the 1/4 sheet. I have never taken mine apart(always use the whole thing). I think if you took it off it you could tie it to the front d rings of a saddle as it velcros together on either side of the wither where d rings would be located.

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    • #3
      I have both and you do not need back D rings.
      The Cashel one comes with long enough strings, which I attached either round my stirrup leathers or the small leather tab where I slide the excess stirrup leather thru.

      I seem to catch a number of large biting flies going underneath the Cashel one, which doesn't happen with the Amigo.

      The Amigo has a seriously long taiflap, which I find rather annoying.

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      • #4
        I actually tie the back strings to the front strings going under the stirrup leathers with my Cashel set.

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          #5
          Great. Thanks for the suggestions. I used the neck part of the cashel one on both horses yesterday and they were much happier. A bug did get in though.

          I also found out that Cashel makes an add on piece to make your english saddle have a buch of D rings.

          Does anyone find riding with these fly sheets makes they horse too hot? Or is the lack of bugs with the trade off? The sheets do look ridiculous. I feel like I'm riding in som renaissance fair.

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          • #6
            The cashel sheet is much stiffer and the one lady at my barn feels like it spooked her horse while she was trail riding. Sheet kind of brushed a bush or tree and moved weird on the horse and he spun and dumped her. I take it with a grain of salt though as the horse is a bit naughty and she doesn't make him behave. I live in humid Va and I don't find my horse gets overly hot with it (amigo fly rider). It sure is nice not to have a fidgety horse when riding out on trails. If you feel like you are riding in a renaissance fair, you should see us. My mare hates bugs on her head so she also wears a Cashel long nose fly mask and has a western style horse hair fly swish on the throat latch of her bridle. She is so funny when I put the swish on her for the first few yards of the ride she flips her nose up to test the swish.

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            • #7
              If your horse is getting too hot riding with those fly sheets on you should try this fly rug form Saratoga Horseworks:

              http://www.horseworks.com/inc/sdetail/5138/180

              My horse would sweat under other fly sheets, but not this one! Love it to pieces.
              Proud owner of Belle- 17.2h PerchxTB-wannabe dressage horse & Fayah 14.1H arab-trail horse extroidinaire!

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