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Key Factors to consider when looking at Shires fly sheets for your horse

Key Factors to consider when looking at Shires fly sheets for your horse

Here are some key factors to consider when looking at Shires fly sheets for your horse:


    • Mesh type: Shires offers fly sheets with various mesh types, each providing different levels of airflow and protection. Look for window screen mesh for the finest protection against even the smallest flies. Denser polyvinyl materials offer superior durability against abrasion from branches or while rolling.
    • Coverage: Consider the level of coverage needed. Shires offers fly sheets with standard neck coverage, combo neck covers that include the head and neck, and detachable neck covers for versatility. You may also want to consider leg guards for additional protection from flies.
    • Sun protection: Many Shires fly sheets offer UV protection, which helps prevent coat bleaching and sunburn, especially on lighter-colored horses. Look for fly sheets with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating.

Comfort and Fit:

    • Size: Ensure you get the correct size for your horse. An ill-fitting fly sheet can rub and cause discomfort. Shires fly sheets typically come in sizes ranging from Shetland pony to Extra Large. Refer to size charts and consider your horse's breed and measurements for the best fit.
    • Adjustability: Look for features like adjustable chest straps, cross surcingles, and adjustable fillet straps for a snug and comfortable fit. These features allow for fine-tuning to accommodate your horse's individual shape.
    • Material: Shires fly sheets come in a variety of breathable materials to keep your horse cool during warmer weather. Look for lightweight and moisture-wicking fabrics that allow for airflow and prevent overheating.

Additional Features:

    • Tail flaps: A tail flap helps protect your horse's tail from flies and insects. Some Shires fly sheets come with large tail flaps for extra coverage.
    • Reflective materials: Some Shires fly sheets include reflective stripes for increased visibility during low-light conditions.
    • Ease of use: Consider how easy it is to put on and take off the fly sheet. Look for closures that are secure yet easy to fasten.


    • Shires fly sheets come in a variety of price points to suit most budgets. Consider the features most important to you and your horse when making your decision.

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By considering these factors, you can choose the perfect Shires fly sheet to keep your horse comfortable and protected from flies and the summer sun.

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