Schneider's Learning Center - Which Fly Sheet Fit is Right for My Horse?

Finding the right fly sheet for your horse is important because a great-fitting fly sheet will keep your horse comfortable and protected insects. After all, the better your fly sheet fits, the more your horse will want to wear it… and not try to remove it!

In order to find the best fly sheet for your horse, we must first determine the points of your horse’s conformation that matter for fly sheets.

1. Is your horse’s shoulder sloped or upright?

Is Your Horse's Shoulder Sloped or Upright?

Our premium fit fly sheets are designed with your horse’s conformation in mind. Fitted V-Free® fly sheets are specifically designed for horses with sloped shoulders, like Quarter Horses or Arabians, while VTEK® fly sheets are specially designed for horses with upright shoulders, like Thoroughbreds, Warmbloods, or Appendix horses.

2. Is your horse wide or narrow?

Is Your Horse Wide or Narrow chested?

Our Adjusta-Fit® system, exclusively available on our specialty fit fly sheets, adjusts the width of the neck opening so you can get a perfect fit, no matter whether you have a chunky, wide Quarter Horse or Warmblood, or a narrow, fine-boned Arabian or Thoroughbred.

3. Are your horse’s withers high or low? Is your horse’s head carriage high or low?

Is Your Horse's Head Carriage High or Low?

Ill-fitting fly sheets will most often rub horses on the withers. Our premium line of VTEK® and V-Free® fly sheets are specifically designed to accommodate high withered horses using a special V of fabric which “tents” over top of the withers, relieving the pressure felt from competitive fly sheets. If your horse also has a high head carriage, our Cutback fit is designed to leave the entire neck, mane and withers uncovered, preventing any discomfort from rubbing. If your horse has a low head carriage, our closed-front fly sheets are designed with a Deep-V which provides extra space at the base of the neck.

4. Is your Equine friend a Draft, Horse, Pony or Mini?

Is Your Equine Friend a Mini, Pony, Horse or Draft?

We guarantee that we have the right fly sheets for your equine, or your money back! From a huge 18 hand, 2,000lb Draft Horses wearing a Size 96 fly sheet down to a tiny 30”, 200lb Miniature Horse wearing a size 36 fly sheet, and everything in between, we’ve got you covered. To determine your horse’s fly sheet size, measure from the center of the chest to the edge of the tail. The number of inches from this measurement is also your horse’s fly sheet size. Any width, any conformation, any breed, any height, we’ve got the perfect fly sheet for you!

Schneider's 5 Original Horse Fly Sheet Fits

With our five original designs with patented features we guarantee there’s a fit for any horse’s conformation. But how do you know what fit will work best for your horse? We’ve compiled a fit guide for our five styles to help you decide.

Fitted V-Free®

Fitted V-Free fly sheets

Our Fitted V-Free® fly sheets are designed for horses with sloped shoulder conformation, meaning that the horse has a long shoulder that is more horizonal from withers to point of shoulder. Breeds that have this type of conformation are Stock breeds; like Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, and Light Saddle or Harness breeds; like Arabians, Morgans or Tennessee Walkers. This design includes our patented Adjusta-Fit system, which adjusts the width of the neck opening so the exact same fitted V-Free® fly sheet fits a wide, hefty Quarter Horses as well as it fits a narrow fine-boned Arabian.

With the Fitted V-Free® design, rubbing is prevented through our patented V-Free® wither design which relieves wither pressure for horses with low to moderate withers. With it’s larger neck opening, the Fitted V-Free® design also leaves the mane uncovered.

If this fly sheet fits the bill, view our line of Fitted V-Free® Fly Sheets.

VTEK®

VTEK Wither Relief fly sheets

Our VTEK® Wither Relief fly sheets are designed for horses with upright shoulder conformation, meaning that the horse has a shorter, more vertical shoulder and higher, more prominent withers. Breeds that have this type of conformation are Thoroughbreds, Appendix horses and Warmblood breeds. This design also includes our patented Adjusta-Fit® system, which adjusts the width of the neck opening so the exact same VTEK® fly sheet fits a wide, chunky Warmblood or Draft-Cross as well as it fits a narrow Thoroughbred.

Our patented VTEK® Wither Relief technology is made of an extra V of fabric at the withers which removes pressure from moderate and high withers. This design covers 6-8 inches of the mane to relieve pressure and prevent rubbing on the wither. These fly sheets also have a longer side drop and an enlarged tail cover to offer extra protection from insects and the sun.

If this fly sheet fits the bill, view our line of VTEK® Wither Relief Fly Sheets.

Cutback

Cutback fly sheets

Our Cutback fly sheets are designed for horses with an upright head carriage. Breeds that generally have this type of conformation are Arabians, Morgans, Friesians, Saddlebreds, and Tennessee Walkers.

Our Cutback fly sheet design has a large neck opening which leaves the mane uncovered, and a special notch cut back around the wither. This provides a rub-free fit for horses with an upright head carriage. The Cutback turnout also has our Adjusta-Fit® system to allow you to customize the neck opening of the fly sheet to fit your horse best.

If this fly sheet fits the bill, view our line of Cutback Fly Sheets.

Euro

Euro fly sheets

Our Euro fly sheets have a shaped collar for a snugger fit around the neck. This shaped design comes up 4-6 inches onto the mane, with a smaller neck opening, fully covering the shoulders and withers. The Euro fly sheets also have no back seam. The fly sheet fit is straight from the withers to back providing a comfortable fit for average conformations.

If this fly sheet fits the bill, view our line of Euro Fly Sheets.

Extra Coverage

Extra Coverage fly sheets

The Extra Coverage fly sheets are designed for ultimate coverage. These fit straight from the withers down the back with no seam in the Euro version, but are also available in VTEK® and V-Free® styles. The high and full attached neck designs offer more protection against insects and the sun. The full attached neck varieties come up to behind the ears. The Euro fit is straight from the withers to back providing a comfortable fit for average conformations. While our new specialty fit Extra Coverage Fly Sheets are meant for high and low withered horses.

If this fly sheet fits the bill, view our line of Extra Coverage Fly Sheets.

A Great fitting fly sheet keeps your horse comfortable and protected against insects!

We hope this guide has helped to simplify the options so that you can choose the perfect fit for your horse. If you have further questions or would like to verify your fly sheet choice will fit your horse, call our fly sheet experts at: 800.365.1311