This was the fly sheet I chose for Clay last summer–a very buggy year due to the long mud season we had that lasted until July. I wanted something with a long tail cover and a neck cover, for maximum coverage and protection.
Right off the bat I liked the reflective, light-colored material because I knew it would reflect the sun and help keep him cool. The weave is very tight and the fabric is silky so I thought it would shed dirt, help keep him clean and shine his coat. It definitely did, and it blocked UV rays too so he didn't bleach out as much as usual.
His winter blanket is by the same brand, so I knew what size he took without having to bother with measuring him, and I knew the hardware and straps would all be high quality. The 69" was a perfect fit in the body (a little long on him but that's how I like it–more coverage.) Unfortunately the neck piece was pretty roomy, and over the course of the summer, the seam where the neck piece and the body attach rubbed out all of his mane, leaving a 4-inch bald spot at the base of his neck! :( I should have caught it sooner, but his mane was pulled short last summer and I couldn't tell it was happening until it was really bad.
The neck piece is not detachable, so I had to decide either to buy a different sheet halfway through the summer, to leave him unprotected, or to just continue using this sheet. What a bummer, because I liked everything else about this sheet!
Another thing to take into consideration is that this fabric is not hardy enough to stand up to pasture-mates who bite and tear at blankets. Clay is the top of the herd in his pasture so no one messes with his blankets, but you would definitely want to choose a sheet with a tough denier woven fabric instead if your horse's buddies pick at him/her at all.
Overall, I'd steer clear of fly sheets where the neck piece isn't detachable. I am STILL trying to coax his mane to grow back in that spot! And I'll be buying a different fly sheet for him this summer.
Well made and attractive, but rubbed my horse bald. Two stars.
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