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Best Fly Sheets for Horses – How to Stop Flies, Block Heat and Repel Dust

best fly sheets for horses

Picking the best fly sheets for horses isn’t as difficult as you might think. Using a fly sheet is a great way to help your horse remain free of flies (and other pests) and stay comfortable. No one likes their horse being uncomfortable.

And it’s totally unnecessary.

A good fly sheet is an easy way to provide relief from pests in the stable. And some fly sheets will hold up to pasture turnout too. Now, let’s get down to my review of some of the 3 best fly sheets for horses. One of these three sheets is bound to be the perfect solution for your horse.

Best Fly Sheets for Horse #1 – Tri-Shield Sheet

best fly sheets for horses

The first fly sheet I’d like to introduce you to is the PVC Coated Mesh Tri-Shield Fly Sheet. This is a sheet you’ll love for several reasons. First, it’s a great sheet to put between your horse, flies, the sun, and dust. But that’s just the start of what this sheet offers.

Your horse isn’t the only one who’ll love it. You will too for these 5 reasons:
1) It’s comfortable for your horse
2) It’s non-abrasive
3) Body heat is released as cooler air flows through
4) You won’t have to deal with mildew, as it’s mildew resistant
5) It’s easy to clean

The Tri-Shield sheet is tightly woven PVC coated mesh with a double buckle front. It also offers fleece to protect the withers. The hardware is brass plated for a great look and reliability. The sheet comes in hunter green and navy blue, in multiple sizes.

The list price of this sheet is $82.20
Our price is $72.95

This is a sheet that’s hard to beat.

Best Fly Sheets for Horses #2 – Full Cover Sheet

best fly sheets for horses

Another sheet I like is the Contour Poly Sheet with Neck Cover and Mask. I like it because sometimes you want a full cover for your horse. It’s well-constructed of woven Poly mesh that’s reinforced with Nylon.

It comes with a neck cover, fly mask, and a tail flap. The front closure is a single surcingle. The Contour Poly Sheet with Neck Cover and Mask has elastic leg straps and is contour-cut for an excellent fit.

You’ll want to use this sheet with stalled horses, when trailering, or going to horse events. What colors does it come in? It only comes in white.

The list price of this sheet is $55.50
Our price is $49.95

When you don’t need a heavy duty sheet for turnout, this is a sheet you won’t regret purchasing.

Best Fly Sheets for Horse #3 – Zebra Mesh Sheet

best fly sheets for horses

The third sheet I like is the Zebra Mesh Fly Sheet. This sheet is a secret weapon against flies. Horseflies and common flies aren’t attracted to the zebra’s patterned stripes. The black and white stripes and the way the sun plays off them is confusing to insects – so they’ll avoid it.

As a result of this sheet’s design, it’ll let your horse go incognito – under the guise of a zebra. And the flies will go elsewhere.

The Zebra Mesh Fly Sheet is also a comfortable, lightweight mesh constructed of poly/nylon for natural air circulation. With a double buckle front, and adjustable belly and leg straps, this sheet is secure and well-fitted.

What colors does this sheet come in?

best fly sheets for horses

It comes in purple with black zebra stripes, and the typical black and white zebra pattern. It also comes in multiple sizes. Not only is this sheet a good fly barrier, it’s fun to turn your horse into a zebra!

The list price of this sheet is $55.50
Our price is $49.95

You can’t go wrong with fighting flies while going undercover as a striped horse.

My Best Fly Sheets for Horses Conclusion

As you can see, fly sheets are an essential addition to your tack trunk that’ll make life easier and more comfortable for your horse. They’re an inexpensive way to invest in your horse’s health and comfort. At the end of the day, don’t you, as a good horse owner, want to make your horse’s life better?

A fly sheet will help you do just that. Any of these quality sheets will help your horse cope with flying pests, the heat of the sun, and repel dust from a clean coat. The sheets I love will easily become a staple in your stable that you’ll love too.

Was this post helpful to you? Please leave your comments below. Now that we’re going into the Fall and Winter seasons, you may be also interested in checking out my horse blanket post.

But before you buy a horse blanket, read my post, “Wondering How to Measure Horse Blanket Size?”


  • Sariyah says:

    Hey a great post!

    My friend who works on the farm would love this as a gift. She always gifts me when she comes around and I do too however I was running out of ideas but this one has definitely got my mind jogging again!

    The full cover one seems like a thoughtful choice and since horses, donkeys or any outdoor animal can get I’ll or infections, posts like this become extra useful!


    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi Sariyah. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.  Yes, I like the full covered one too.  After all, horses need to cover their ears and eyes too. Those pesky flies are a nightmare for these poor horses.  Yes, do buy these as a gift. I like the zebra print because it scares the flies away before they even land on the horse.  

  • Parameter says:

    One ugly side effects of flies on our horses is swamp fever. Thank you for coming up with this fly sheets for horses. We will take advantage of contour poly sheet. Its going to give our horses the cover the deserve. It will make them comfortable and healthier. I can not wait to see them free of flies 

    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi there. Thanks so much for your comment. Yes. Many people don’t understand that Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), also known as Swamp Fever, is an infectious disease of horses, donkeys and mules caused by a RNA virus and spread by blood-sucking insects such as horse flies, deer flies and stable flies. Horses infected with the EIA virus carry it for life.  It’s very painful for the horse.  So fly sheets are important.  Thanks again for your comment. 

  • Brian says:


    I really enjoyed navigating through your website.  I can determine you have a very fond affection towards horses and have become quite knowledgeable.   I especially enjoyed reading about how to stop your horse from bucking.  

    The fly netting is a great idea.  I never knew there was such a thing.  

    Im wondering though if there is a animal friendly bug repellant that is safe and non abrasive or sticky that a horse can use.  This would not perform the same way with other traits of the netting works like the moisture and keeping horse cool, but it is something I thought of while reading through.

    Very informative and precise. 

    Thanks for writing,


    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi Brian. Thanks for your question. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the compliment. I strive to make my site informative and helpful to all who visit.  There are several name brands – although I’ve never used them. Here are a couple you can check out: Farnam Endure Sweat-Resistant Horse Fly Spray, Kills, Repels, Protects, 32 Ounces, Quart Spray. It’s got 4.5 star rating and over 900 reviews on amazon; The next one is Pyranha 001GWIPEG 068022 Wipe N’Spray Fly Protection Spray for Horses, 1 Gallon, Yellow which has over 1,000 ratings, mostly 5 stars on amazon.

  • Rob says:

    Hey Shalisha!

    Thanks for an informative post. You’re absolutely right, you’d want your horse to be as comfortable, cool and as free of flies as possible and sometimes a horse waving it’s tail side to side just doesn’t quite cut it with the flies, which is where I’m sure one of these will come in useful! Thanks for providing a range of information on a variety of fly sheets, and I love the zebra design, that would surely be a head turner!

    Looking forward to your next post, which, as you mentioned about fall and winter coming, will surely provide some useful info on winter gear too.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi Rob. Thanks for your comment. Nope. A horse swishing his tail from side to side won’t cut it at all. Imagine flies landing on and around your eyes, and not being able to reach up and swat it away? That’s what it’s like for horses! So yes, fly sheets are a must. I hope you’ll stop by again.

  • Rob says:

    Thanks for your post! I love the idea of a zebra-styled fly sheet, ha!

    A simple, yet informative post. Thanks 🙂


  • Roopesh says:

    This is awesome. Loved that you picked out 3 cool fly sheets for horses. My only problem now is which one do I actually go for.

    I am thinking of getting two of them. I love the zebra one and the full cover. I think my horse will enjoy the zebra one when outside enjoying the sun. And the full one I will use when he is chilling in his stable.

    You always provide fantastic help for the horse owner. Thanks and looking forward to your next article.

    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi Roopesh. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Yes, I agree with you. The zebra one is a great choice because it repels the flies so they don’t even get to land on your horse! I think the best way to choose which fly sheets are best for you is to identify your biggest problems and then see which fly sheet best solves those problems. Thanks again for commenting, and do come again.

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