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    07-19-2011, 10:30 PM
No cons that I've discovered so far. As long as I buy the double Velcro latch, my gelding never takes his off.

I don't leave them on at night, for vision reasons.

Good protection for bugs, sun, and for protection on trailer rides.
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    07-19-2011, 11:42 PM
I wouldn't get one with ears unless you NEED one with ears. - I find them harder to put on. (especially when you're short and the horse laughs at you and says, "you can't reach me!") and the horses find them easier to take off. Apparently.

I also agree with the double velcro.
    07-20-2011, 09:01 AM
I don't think there are many cons other than the added work to keep them on ;) I love the cashel crusader masks because they are the best for keeping the mask away from my arabs' big eyes. I always buy masks with ears. It seems like this is where the bugs bother them most anyway, and seems completely counterproductive to leave this area unprotected (and I NEVER clip the ears either). I also agree that smartpak is great! They have awesome customer service, and competitive prices :)
    07-20-2011, 09:08 AM
Originally Posted by brandilion    
I like it because it has a double velcro closure so other horses can't pull it off.
Double velcro only helps if the reason the masks are coming off is another horse pulling on the velcro and opening it.

It does nothing if your horse manages to rub their mask off on their own.

Double velcro is also a pain. If I was a barn owner that had to put on and take off lots of fly masks I am sure I would hate double velcro even more than I already do.

That aside, the Farnam masks are a decent mask.
    07-20-2011, 09:54 AM
We never use fly masks, for the reasons stated below:

Unless the fly mask is a PERFECT, custom made fit, flies can and do get inside the mask and can feast on your horse. We've had this happen many times. Even a small opening, they got inside and bit the horses relentlessly. The flies can get in a small area, so to keep them out, the fly mask would have to be form fitting with not even the slightest gap .

When the horse itches/rubs whether due to itchiness or in an attempt to get the mask off, the mesh can rub the hair off around their eyes, and in some cases, could damage the eyelid and/or cornea as even a soft mesh is abrasive. Some manufacturers state that one must be careful to make sure the mask fits loosely over the eye....but even so, rubbing makes that advice null and void. If a horse rubs their face against something, the mesh becomes a brillo pad...

It is a danger when pastured with an aggressive pasture mate, as Beau is.

We don't use them, and we have very little problems with flies on the face/eyes. We simply use a roll on/wipe on fly repellent like Endure roll on for their ears and around the eye area....and that seems to work wonders. Haven't used fly masks for years.
    07-20-2011, 09:43 PM
I've noticed we have a couple of horses that detest blue masks. After much research looks like it's a slight colour blindness. So don't get blue ones!
    07-21-2011, 12:08 AM
We only use masks during the day if the flies are really bugging their eyes. I take them off at night because 1. They don't need them. 2. It gives me a chance to check and make sure the mask isn't rubbing every day they wear it.

My gelding will not wear a mask with ears. He also won't wear an ear less one that has a piece that goes between his ears. We tried the cashel crusader mask both with ears and without. Total waste of money for my boy as he lost them both. The one that works best for him is the farnam supermask II. I am pro double velcro. I could see where putting on and taking off masks for a lot of boarders would get tedious, but for my two it's fine. I'm also able to find the farnam mask for cheaper (quite a bit cheaper too) than the cashel one locally.
    07-21-2011, 06:13 PM
One other con- If you're like me and you have a QH-fat pony cross with a really short and fat-Imeanwide head...No sizes will fit. Ever. Then, choose the size that comes closest to fitting but is maybe a little snug. Only then, of course, do you have to spend ten minutes a day checking for rubs.
Anyway. For about 99% of people fly masks are a wonderful thing.
    07-21-2011, 07:10 PM
The one con I can think of is when a bee got in the mask, just as a fly can do and stung the crap out of our neighbors horse. That was a vet call and she almost went blind.
    07-21-2011, 09:05 PM
I use one with ears. I ride with it and it makes a world of difference.

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