What do you think of when you think of summertime? Maybe you think of going riding, going for a hike, or just having some fun in the sun. Much like it is important for us to wear sunscreen when we are out in the sun, it is just as important to make sure that your horse is protected too. In other words, if the sun is bothering you, it is probably bothering your horse.
Protecting your horse from harmful UV rays is essential, especially for horses that are more sensitive to the sun. Here at Jeffers, we know how important it is to have a fly sheet that does it all. From being durable and breathable to protecting your horse from the sun, and of course, keeping out the flies, it’s important to keep your horse protected during the summer months. Jeffers Equine Specialist, Kim, has checked all of the boxes to put together a list of the Top Fly Sheets with UV Protection for Horses in 2021 to help ensure your horse is protected from flies and the sun this fly season.
1) Best Fly Sheet for UV Protection in 2021
Topping off the list as our #1 fly sheet for UV protection is the WeatherBeeta ComFITec Sweet Itch Combo Neck Sheet. This fly sheet offers one of the highest UV protection ratings and has all the bells and whistles while still being the best bang for your buck. It provides head-to-tail protection, is highly breathable, and is designed to stay in place for the ultimate level of protection and comfort. With 90%+ UV protection, this sheet is perfect for keeping your horse safe from the sun. Plus, its full body coverage makes it a great choice for horses with allergies or sensitive skin.
- 90%+ UV protection
- Ezi-clip front closure with touch tape
- Traditional side gusset
- Adjustable belly wrap
- Full wrap tail flap
- Protective ear hood with elastic insert
2) All-Around Summer Protection
The Shires Highlander Plus Sweet-Itch Combo Sheet was originally designed for horses that suffer from fly allergies but doubles as a quality UV sheet as it offers 90% UV protection. Made with a durable 600 denier outer, this sheet is breathable and protects from biting insects, sun-bleaching, and sweet-itch. With a grazing-friendly hood and a super large tail flap, this sheet is designed to cover your horse’s whole body while keeping them comfortable.
- 90% UV protection
- Anti-rub lining
- Shoulder gussets
- Stretch ear panel
- 600 denier outer fabric
- Adjustable chest straps
- Belly flap w/ adjustable straps
- Adjustable tail strap
3) Top-Notch Sun and Fly Protection
Horseware’s Amigo Aussie All-Rounder Fly & UV Sheet offers the ultimate in UV protection combined with some of Horseware’s most popular features. This lightweight and breathable sheet features a disc-front closure and a Surefit neck design for a comfortable and secure fit. With a detachable hood and its lightweight and breathable design, this sheet is sure to protect your horse from flies and damage from the sun this fly season.
- 95% UV protection
- Cross surcingles
- Detachable hood
- Wipe clean tail cord
- Front leg arches
- Disc-front closure
4) Maximum Breathability And UV Protection
WeatherBeeta’s Kool Coat Airstream Detach-A-Neck Sheet combines 90% UV protection along the top of the sheet and neck with mesh sides to help promote airflow. This sheet also offers a 270 gram polycotton upper made with 60% cotton for maximum breathability, cooling, and UV protection. The mesh lower panels help with cooling and airflow, which helps your horse remain comfortable in the warm summer months.
- 90%+ UV protection
- Traditional shoulder gussets
- Adjustable hidden surcingle belly closure
- Large tail flap
- Removable web leg straps
- Lined shoulders prevents rubbing
- Twin adjustable buckle front closures
All of the fly sheets featured are great options to help your horse stay protected this summer. Choosing fly sheets with UV protection for your horse will help shield them from many of the harsh elements that the summer brings. With fly and sun protection, while being breathable and lightweight, fly sheets with UV protection are a great option to keep your horse protected while warding off pesky insects during fly season.
Not sure what size sheet to get your horse? Watch How to Measure for a Horse Blanket.
Looking for more fly sheet options? Check out Jeffers full selection of Fly Sheets.
To read Kim’s selections of the best fly masks for 2021, read Jeffers’ Top 10 Fly Masks for Horses in 2021.