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post #1 of 7 Old 10-07-2009, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Flymask sores

Is there a way to prevent flymask sores? I'm trying to get Duchess used to hers because she's going to need one with ears and a nose piece. She had hers on for 3 days and shes already gotten a sore on her jaw line and one on her cheek.

I cant get there in the morning to put it on then and just take it off at night. I really dont want to have to depend on Chris to do it when she feeds in the morning.

Is there something I could stitch into the mask to prevent the sores?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-07-2009, 12:32 PM
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I'd say that the mask is probably not the right size (sounds like it might be too small) if she's getting sores... You want to be able to get a finger or two under the edges of the mask when it's on, maybe you already know that. =)
Does it have that fleece edging stuff? If not, you could probably sew some on and that might take care of the whole issue.

I've only just started using a flymask on Lacey myself so there are definitely people who are wiser about this than me. haha

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-07-2009, 12:48 PM
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It obviously doesn't fit her. I keep them on my horses all summer long and never had any issues with rubbing. So my advise - get the good quality one (like Cashel) of the right size.
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She has a horse sized one right now. I think its too tight but my instructor keeps saying its the right size. I was going to buy the warmblood size.

What she has:
Supermask II Horse Fly Mask, Regular - 5023964 | Tractor Supply Company

What I'm about to order:
Cashel Pink Flymask Long Nose with Ears (Equine - Horse Tack Supplies - Blankets Sheets - Fly Sheet
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-07-2009, 05:53 PM
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I have 1st one for my qh and 2nd one for my pink-skin paint. Both are good in fact. However the 2nd one (with ears) seems to come off the head very easily when she rolls or rubs. I had it happened several times, so I put the one without the ears (that one works great). But again, I used the 1st one for all summer long and it was just fine. Try the bigger one - it shouldn't be very tight on head.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-07-2009, 07:26 PM
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Where was it rubbing??

I have the supermask for my QH and he got rubs too. I even bought him x-large (the horse size wasn't even close to fitting him!)... but it's the part along the throatlatch that doesn't have any fleece on the edge that rubbed him. It wasn't tight - pretty sure it was from the constant chewing motion of his jaw.

Next spring I'm going to sew some fleece along that edge - hopefully it'll take care of that problem.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-14-2009, 12:16 PM
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Defender Flymasks

I use Defender brand flymasks on our 20 horses and haven't had issues with sores. You can buy them from and they have ones with the ears and extended nose. They are usually under $10 and very durable.
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