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post #1 of 5 Old 04-15-2012, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Fly Masks

What is your opinion on the best fly mask, that isn't going to just tear up? Flies are so bad right now and all over my poor mares eyes!!! HELP!!!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-15-2012, 10:30 PM
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Some people put a breakaway halter OVER the fly mask which tends to help keep them on. Farnam, absorbine, and kensington have some pretty good ones.

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Cashel Crusader fly masks are also a good choice. They have a variety of different styles and sizes to choose from. With ears or without, long nose or not, etc... The long nose style is a good choice if your horse has a pink nose that sunburns easily. They also make a fly mask for riding, which is really nice if you do a lot of hacking out/trail riding and your horse is really bothered by the flies. It's called the Cashel Quiet Ride fly mask. It is a lighter mesh material and it comes in all the same sizes and styles as the Cashel Crusader fly mask.
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I have a Defender mask (well my horse does, lol), and I (we) love it! She has been using it about 2 years, with no issues. It came with her when I bought her, and its awesome, it was a recommended brand by our trainer. I have felt other brands in stores- the Cashel, etc, and none of them felt as sturdy in the mesh as the Defender does. She did rip an ear in the past, which I just doctored up and it is fine! Will totally stick to this brand when I need any in the future, as nothing lasts forever!
Oh- and she also wears it 24/7, as she likes to rub her face on the wood hay bins in her pasture when her face itches from the bugs- it has fully held up to this practice and kept her face from being rubbed too!
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