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Shires Sweet Itch Combo Fly Sheet

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The Sweet-Itch Combo by Shires offers a durable solution from biting insects. Made from a breathable, lightweight 600 denier ripstop mesh fabric, it will hold up in the field while still being soft on the horse. This sheet also has ample fabric in the attached neck and stretch ear panels which allows the horse to graze easily.


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  • 600 Denier Ripstop mesh fabric
  • Anti-rub lining on neck, chest and shoulders
  • Deep shoulder gussets for more freedom of movement
  • Belly flap with three adjustable surcingle straps
  • Large tail flap and adjustable billet strap
  • UV protection
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    Shires Sweet Itch Combo Fly Sheet is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 26.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid sheet, not very breathable, caused chest rub Well put together sheet, but due to making it impervious to bugs, it is fairly solid and does not breath well. Also, the trim rolled in front and caused chest rubs on my mare. The Velcro in front also slips, but that puts the fuzzy side next to horse so not so bad....
    Date published: 2020-09-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect protection... for mares This is a really unique piece of horsewear, and a pretty cool product for mares with insect hypersensitivity. With highly adjustable full belly coverage as far back as it can go, it is a godsend for my girl, who really suffers from reactions along the mid-line of her belly. But, as others have mentioned, this feature would be a total disaster on a male horse. Ironically, the sewn in "fillet strap" fitting that comes default instead of leg straps at the back is a total fail for a mare. So if you decide to go for this, I recommend just cutting it off before your mare splatters pee all over herself the first time she goes (all the while staring at you with shame and disgust). It stays in place surprisingly well with no rear fittings at all, though, so you can probably get away without buying leg straps. Like most horses with sweet itch, mine rubs her mane and tail incessantly during a flare up. She also has full time access to a turnout with trees and bushes, making short life of anything not made of kevlar. She was in the midst of a bad flare up when this sheet arrived, so she immediately put it to the extreme blanket rubbing test. There were four small tears along the neck and shoulder in the first 24 hours, but the rip stop did what it was supposed to and they didn't compromise the blanket. For reference the material is not mesh, but the lightest version of a typical rip stop blanket outer with no lining, making it reasonably tough and still highly breathable. My mare is a "big-boned" draft cross. The length of the blanket was spot on (an 81), but it's a little tight over the withers for a bulky horse with a high neck. It would probably be OK if she was just bulky or just high-withered, and the shoulder gussets help a lot with the rest of the front end fit, so I decided to keep it. That said, I try not to leave it in her for days at a time if I can help it, because while it doesn't seem to rub, I worry that the pressure would become uncomfortable. Kind of a drag because IHS horses kind of need full-time clothes when bugs are bad... I like the hood more than I thought I would. Her neck is not particularly long for her size, and it fits just right with plenty of scope for grazing (but not too much). While she does liberate her ears about 50% of the time, it still stays right where it should be even with the ears off, and provides great protection under her neck all the way to the throat latch. Quality-wise, it's not the best, but it is acceptable. They cut a few corners here and there. I have only had it a few weeks, but I think it will hold up long enough in the end, even with the abuse it is likely to get from my horse.
    Date published: 2020-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally found a fly sheet that works! I bought this fly sheet a few months ago because I have a horse that suffers from sweet itch and is also sensitive to flies and other bugs. This sheet works great!! This is the first summer that he seems truly comfortable. It has also stayed intact despite all his shenanigans. It appears to be fairly rip-proof. Highly recommend (
    Date published: 2019-08-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great quality and adjustable I just bought this for my horse and she is a cowbred quarter horse (wide as a truck but short necked and body). The sheet body fit her perfectly on the smallest setting and only because the belly band can adjust on both sides which i really love that feature. But the neck was too long. (I know its supposed to have a little give so she can put her head down to graze but this was extra excess). The blanket appears to be of great quality so i gave it 4 stars. But i did return it due to the sizing and also it was very hot. It was too hot for a horse out in the pasture down here in Tennessee 23 hours a day.
    Date published: 2019-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fly sheet Although this sheet seems very heavy my mare has not gotten sweaty with it on in 90 degree humid weather. It provides excellent coverage and protection from bugs (especially midges). This sheet performs as it is intended and is holding up well. Also washed nicely.
    Date published: 2019-06-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sad but I don't like it While I love the concept and quality of this sheet it needs some revamping. If I had a mare it would be a great sheet. I put this on my gelding yesterday, and this morning I went out and the bellyband sits so wide and won't go any tighter that he peed all over it, so of course it soaked up into the sides if the sheet. It didn't have leg straps so I took some off of my other blankets to use. Unfortunately I I won't be using this sheet
    Date published: 2019-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing!!!!!!!!!!! I bought this and I saw results the second I put it on my horse!! I own a rat tail Appaloosa gelding who is a fly magnet. I literally tried everything and then I got this fly sheet set. The second I put it on my horse he looked at me like mom why did you wait this long to get this for me ? The relief on his face was priceless.
    Date published: 2019-04-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best sheet ever for horses who sunburn!! I bought this sheet for my paint mare who sunburns every summer. Poor girl is always pink and miserable. I was a little nervous because I didn’t know if it would be able to keep her cool enough for the dry 95 degree weather we have been having in Colorado this summer and provide enough protection to keep her healthy. I am so excited that this sheet has done everything it claims and more. Not only does she stay cool, she remains burn-free (if I make sure to keep it on her during daylight). I absolutely love the ear holes for the neck piece because it keeps everything in place. I was really leery of other sheets out there because I wasn’t sure how the neck attachment would stay in place but this one rocks. I originally bought a 78 but it was a tad too big so I exchanged it for a 75 and it is perfect. I’m not one to write reviews and sound like I’m on an infomercial, but this thing is so awesome. I wish it came in different colors and patterns because my horse is too sassy to be plain, but I’m perfectly happy with what I have!!! Someone else left a review before that said they wish it wasn’t white because the white gets dirty too easily. And to them I say... You bought this product for a real live horse...not a $.01 pony at the grocery’s gonna get dirty no matter what color it is! Just buy the dang sheet and figure out the cleaning part later!
    Date published: 2018-07-17
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from WAY TOO HEAVY This is supposed to be a fly sheet. It's hot, heavy & cumbersome. My horse sweats and gets very upset in it. I can't return it because she has used it and she has gotten it dirty from sweating and rolling in it. I wanted a fly sheet that connected to her halter so the neck wouldn't slide down. This was one of 2 options. Don't buy it.
    Date published: 2018-07-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I bought this sheet in a size 72 which fits perfect for my MFT that rubs himself raw from mosquitos and gnats. I was worried the first night I turned him out in it but was greatly surprised come morning that he wasn’t too hot and the blanket stayed put. The best part of this sheet is the stretchy ear holes, it ensures the neck stays place while happily grazing, no need to turnout with a breakaway halter. I would buy another one but the material is soft but I think it will hold up well.
    Date published: 2018-06-16
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