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Keeping Your Cool: Why Airflow Matters in a Horse Fly Sheet

Keeping Your Cool: Why Airflow Matters in a Horse Fly Sheet

Summer brings sunshine, longer days, and… well, flies. Lots of them. While fly sheets are a must-have for keeping your horse comfortable and pest-free, it's crucial to choose one that prioritizes breathability.

Here's why airflow is king when it comes to horse fly sheets:

 

Beating the Heat:

Horses are masters at regulating their body temperature, but even they can struggle in hot weather. A fly sheet that traps heat can quickly lead to overheating, dehydration, and discomfort. Imagine yourself bundled up in a winter coat on a sweltering day – that's what a non-breathable fly sheet feels like for your horse.

The Science of Sweat:

When horses sweat, it's their body's natural way to cool down. Moisture evaporates from the skin, carrying away heat. A fly sheet made from a breathable mesh allows for proper airflow, facilitating this essential evaporation process. If the fly sheet blocks airflow, sweat gets trapped, hindering this cooling mechanism and potentially causing skin irritation.

Material Matters:

Look for fly sheets made from lightweight, breathable materials like open-weave mesh or moisture-wicking fabrics. These materials allow air to circulate while still providing protection from pesky flies. Avoid heavy, non-breathable materials that can trap heat and make your horse miserable.

Keeping Your Horse Happy & Healthy:

A comfortable horse is a happy and healthy horse. By choosing a fly sheet that promotes good airflow, you're helping your horse regulate its temperature naturally and avoid the dangers of overheating. This allows them to enjoy the summer weather and stay focused during riding sessions.

Bonus Tip: Consider Detachable Features

Some fly sheets offer detachable neck covers or leg guards. This allows you to customize the level of protection based on the weather and your horse's needs. On particularly hot days, you can remove the neck cover for maximum airflow.

Looking for the Perfect Fly Sheet?

Here at Performance Horse Blankets, we carry a wide selection of fly sheets designed to keep your horse cool and comfortable. We can help you find a fly sheet made from breathable materials that offers the perfect balance of protection and airflow. Shop today and let our knowledgeable staff help you find the perfect fly sheet for your horse via chat, email or phone!

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