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post #1 of 12 Old 04-15-2013, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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How do you keep a fly bonnet on?

Okay, I know this may be a stupid question, but is there a way to keep a fly bonnet on a horse without a bridle or halter or is it only used that way for riding? I was going to get one to put on my horse when he's eating because he hates the flys on his ears and I don't want to use a fly mask, but I'm not sure if its designed to stay on this way.

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-15-2013, 06:22 PM
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umm... just a little square knot (like you would a latigo) but I don't think it'll hold up to turn out.....

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I don't think theyre ment for what you're wantin to do either. A fly mask with ears will work just fine. Why don't you want to use one?
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-15-2013, 06:39 PM
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You're probably better off with a fly mask with ears. If there's flies bugging his ears they're probably bugging his eyes too, so a fly mask with ears is probably a better choice anyways.
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-15-2013, 06:45 PM
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Yeah, a fly bonnet isn't used for that purpose and won't hold up.

A fly mask really is the best option and I really can't think of a reason why not...Would you like to elaborate?

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His face is kinda sensitive (he's a TB) and I didn't know if a full fly mask would be irritating to him to have on. Also, he has an in and out stall, and the stall 's lighting is dark, would he have any trouble seeing in the stall coming in from bright light outside with the full mask on?

Also, if anyone can recommend a fly mask I guess it wouldn't hurt to try it, I think we are in for a buggy year and its started early :(
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His face is kinda sensitive (he's a TB) and I didn't know if a full fly mask would be irritating to him to have on. Also, he has an in and out stall, and the stall 's lighting is dark, would he have any trouble seeing in the stall coming in from bright light outside with the full mask on?

Also, if anyone can recommend a fly mask I guess it wouldn't hurt to try it, I think we are in for a buggy year and its started early :(
Many people keep a fly mask on a blind horse 24/7. In the stall and even in the trailer. He wont have any trouble adjusting to the light. He can still see better than you think with a fly mask on-- it keeps the uv rays from harming his eyes actually.. like having sunglasses on.

A fly mask from your local feed store will work just fine. To me a flymask is a fly mask-- if it keeps the flys off its doin a heck of a job, lol.
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Flymasks don't obstruct their vision :) And you can get them lined with fleece to help with chaffing.
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Well, as long as he can see in one, I think he would appreciate keeping the flys off of him. I like the UV protection aspect too and I didn't know you could get fleece lining to help out with the irritation, so I will definitely look for that for him, he's such a sensitive boy when it comes to his head, LOL.

Thank you, I'll give it a go.
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The main problem I've found with (particularly budget priced) masks is they can be too narrow across the face. It's worth measuring from eye to eye before you buy one to check it's wide enough to give clearance over eyes AND lashes.

We once had a horse who would walk up each morning in the field to have his mask fitted - until it broke. He got the new one off by the next evening and the following day didn't want it put on. It was only when I checked carefully I found his eyelashes were sticking into the mesh, which must have been annoying. The fact the mask fitted everywhere else but not across the face certainly annoyed me ;)

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