Kensington Protective Fly Sheet
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Kensington Protective Fly Sheet Traditional Cut
Crafted 1000 x 2000 denier Textilene mesh, this fly sheet has double buckles and keepers, lined chest and wither area, padded wither for mane protection, and detachable leg straps. Fade resistant and blocks up to 73% of harmful UV rays. 78% air permeable, helps resist mildew production. Aids in healing process by offering protection to wounds. Traditional cut offers contoured fit, with a fitted rear, cut back neck, and single belly strap.
Blocks 73% UV rays
Fly and Pest Proof
Prevent sunburn and bleaching
Naturally grooms coat
Aids healing by protecting wounds
Manufacturer Information Kensington Blanket Sizing and Fitting
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Why did you choose this?
I have a new horse on its way and the owners told me size 75. He is 15.1. Should I go with 74 or 76? I'm thinking 76 might be big....
Best Answer: Hi Nicole,
Congrats on your new horse. I think I would go with the 76. I love this fly sheet. It actually forms to your horse's sharp as he wears it, apparently from the heat of its body. I bought the matching fly mask too. Both are machine washable, very durable. I would purchase this product again in a heart beat!
We were suggested to buy the Kensington protective fly sheet in order to wear over our rain-sheet to protect it from rips is that correct?
Best Answer: I would think the rainsheet would and should hold up on its own. I would not add the fly shhet over it. The fly sheet is lawn chair material; super durable but holds water in between the fibers. No rain sheet needs that challenge! I love the fly sheet and have two year use from a very destructive, big mare who lives outside 24/7. Her coat stays great and the sheet outlasts all others.
How far down does the sheet cover the tail?
Best Answer: The ones I have have a tail guard, so 5 inches or so. II have bought these sheets for years, without, they cover the base of the tail only.
Are they durable?
Are they hot, do horses sweat? Are they true to size? my horse wears an 81 would I go up or down?
Best Answer: Yes they are durable (so far, I've only had mine for a year) and not hot because the way the mesh is allows airflow. You can also wet the sheet if it gets too hot outside and it's a really good way to cool them down.
I'm not sure about the size because my horse wears an 84 and I can't remember I think they were out of that size so I got a size up and it's a little bit big but still works okay. The only problem I had was that it rubbed on his withers. I'm not sure if it was because it was too big & didn't fit snug enough or not; I'm guessing that's probably what it was because the product comes with either fleece or padding for the withers. I don't think going up or down one size either way would be any big issue. Also, I think it would depend on your horses withers (at least, that was the "problem area" for me). If your horse has higher withers, I think going down a size would work because you can just adjust the straps to be longer, and the snug-ness won't rub on the withers, or if they have flatter withers going up a size would give more breathing room (though it may be a tad looser it'll still work). I'm no expert, that's just my experience of this product. Other than that, this product was overall good; it does it's job. Plus it looks great! Especially if you have the matching fly mask with it :) hope this helps :)
Just opened this fly sheet, and it only has one buckle under the belly, plus two rear leg straps. Seems unusual, is this right? Diana
Best Answer: Yes. I bought this fly sheet last year and I was surprised how well it has done. The only thing is....be sure you take time to adjust the two back straps that cross over. You don't want them too tight to restrict movement and don't want them too loose so he gets his leg through it. I have had very good luck with this sheet and my horse loves to roll and rub, but the sheet stays in place! :-)
My horses are our in the pasture 24/7. My main concern is that there are no shoulder gussets, I feel that they allow more room in the shoulder area, i do not want them to get rubbed. I am wondering if anyone has ever had any chaffing or rubbing, due to not having the shoulder gussets?
Best Answer: Hi Stephanie
I love the Kensington fly sheets. They wear like iron. I have not had any problem with rubbing the shoulders. I might have have a little rubbing at the withers but that is about it. My horses wear their fly sheets 24/7 most of the time since they are both Paints. Helps to keep them cleaner.
Does this sheet attach to the Kensington Protective Neck Cover?
Best Answer: Yes, the neck cover attaches to the sheet, though not to the fly mask. At least, that was the case with a set purchased last year.
Nice report on the fly sheet--but no one has said anything about the material and is it stiff? rough? or smooth against the coat
Best Answer: I bought this for a black horse to wear during summer without much shade. It was pretty stiff to begin with. I fell out with the owner of that horse and kept the practically brand new fly sheet. This summer, a Paint at the same farm was having great sensitivity to sun, with his skin turning color and his hair falling out. The vet ordered a fly sheet and when I had this one, he said that was one of the best things I could do for the horse. Kid has warn the sheet every day since. It is not as stiff as it was, but it remains in fabulous condition. The material is like what used to be used on little aluminum outdoor chairs, (the kind that weigh nothing, and it lets the sweat on you legs dry). but it is woven with much larger threads of whatever it is. Consequently you can see through it. On the first horse, his short hairs never poked out of the weave. On the Paint, his longer and looser hair does peak out. This is a very high quality product.
Can I wash this sheet in the washing machine?
Best Answer: I have washed the fly mask by hand several times so I believe you could wash the fly sheet in a wahing machine on gentle. If it has a lot of mud I would spray it first with a hose and then put it in the washing maching. Myh horse rolls a lot with his fly mask and gets it caked with mud so I just sprayed it first to loosen the mud and then washed it gently. i hope this helps
Looking for dual sun and pest protection for a pink-skinned Appy. He is 14.2 but very broad, especially in the shoulders. Does anyone have a horse with a similar build and if so, does this sheet work well with minimal rubbing?
Best Answer: Hi there! I have 4 of these fly sheets. One for each of my horses. I have a 16.1hh dutch warmblood, 16.2hh TB, 15.2hh Appendix gelding and a 14.3hh paint mare. The sheets seems to fit all 4 really well with no rubbing so far. For what it's worth, both the warmblood and the paint mare are quite round.
I did go up a size for each horse (from what they would normally wear) just to give a little extra room. I had an older *(several years old) sheet that was one size too small for the paint and it did rub just a little but I think this was due to sizing and not because of a mechanical problem with the sheet. I hope that helps!
I'm not sure how to attach the sheet, there are 2 thin straps and 1 wide band ? It seems to be slipping all over the place, I have an Arabian, 1000lbs. who normally wears a 68 in Horsewares...
Best Answer: Make sure the sheet you have fits the horse. Measure grin the boney rise on the whithers to the base of the tail. It should be 68". The two thin straps should fasten under the belly, the thick strap under the tail. Feel the rings on the edge of the sheet or look for the stiching. The black band should go straight down the backbone.
In the picture I can see behind the box, it seems that the straps are going side to side. I do not do mine that way. Mine criss-cross under the horse, front to back. There are three sets of fasteners. You should find that two of them will do a better job, The straps should not have tension in them, nor they should hang down where a foot could get into the situation. Be sure the chest fitting is fairly snug. The sheet has the shape of a horse styled into it. If those curves are in the right place, the sheet should hang gracefully.
Is there a belly guard available to buy with this?
Best Answer: Unfortunately there is not. The only belly guard we carry separately is item E002186 from Cashel, which is designed for use while riding.
how to measure my horse for fly sheets?
Best Answer: Stand your horse as square as possible. Measure from the center of the chest along the side of the body to the point of the horse's rump just before the tail. If your horse ends up measuring between sizes, choose the one closest to your measurement unless your horse is particularly big-bodied.
Measuring is usually best done with a helper and a soft or cloth measuring tape. Take the measurement twice to be sure.
Does this protect from midges?
Best Answer: It seems to. My mare has extremely sensitive skin and without her fly sheet will rub herself raw. With it, her coat is relatively clean and her skin is absent of sores. I do use fly spray on her legs and and fly wipes on her face. Oh, it also keeps her coat from fading in the summer - she is a black bay and keeps her pretty, shiny color all summer long.
What is the difference between the Kensington and the European fly sheet? The European claims belly protection, but it does not show.
Best Answer: We bought the kensington protective fly sheet. It has leg straps and 2 straps that cross under belly( this is what is says under european) I don't know what the difference is but this sheet holds up very well. It is kinda stiff. We are going into to 3rd season of use and it is in excellent shape.We went thru 2 other sheets and they ended up in shreds.Our horse does not seem to sweat anymore with it on possibly less.It seems to dry quickly too if it gets wet.Very durable.I would recommend. I thought that european was a different cut.
Can a neck cover be attached?
Best Answer: Yes you need to buy the same brand neck cover
The pictures show colors Hunter Plaid and Plum Plaid that are not in the color selection. Are they available?
Best Answer: I'm sorry, those colors are currently unavailable. All available colors are listed in the 'Select Color' drop down menu.