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    06-14-2011, 12:15 AM
  #1
Weanling
Questions about fly masks

Do you prefer to use fly masks with or without ears? I use one on my paint because he has a mostly white face and light blue eyes and I thought this would help shield his face and eyes from some of the sun's glare. The problem is he seems to rip the masks up within a few days. He always rips the ears and top part. I am wondering of the earless ones would last longer perhaps? The other question I have is do any of you ride with the fly masks on? On really sunny days I would think the mask would act like sunglasses and be easier for his light blue eyes.
     
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    06-14-2011, 12:24 AM
  #2
Trained
We don't typically use fly masks unless/until the face flies are really bad (not yet here), but when we do, they are all ear-less and we've never had one ripped up. Also, we never ride with them...our two blue eyed mare never has problems with the sun.
     
    06-14-2011, 05:36 PM
  #3
Showing
I like the ones with ears, especially if the horse's ears are clipped so he doesn't have that natural defense against flies.
     
    06-15-2011, 08:25 PM
  #4
Weanling
Both my paint and my TB wear fly masks with ears and a long nose. Their ears are kept clipped and my paint has a pink nose so it gets burned. My TB is tough on his flymask but the Cashel ones have seemed to hold up pretty well so far. I usually have to replace his more ofthen than I want to though.
     
    06-15-2011, 09:43 PM
  #5
Banned
I love the ones with both the ears and long nose. In VA this year, the small flies are particularly awful, and I just can't keep enough Swat in their ears. Without the ear pieces on the masks, their ears would be raw.

They do tend to rub the earpieces out sooner. I've been know to sew them, put two masks on together and all sorts of creative solutions.

I haven't clipped ears this year, mostly out of laziness, but I think ear hair is *greatly* overestimated as a natural defense, I think the ears get just as raw, but that handlers don't see it as quickly because of the hair.

I do not ride in fly masks, I switch to the crocheted fly nets. I've had the same ones *forever*; the color fades but they hold up just fine. Essential in my part of VA if you don't want the poor horse head tossing or bleeding by the end of the ride.

If your bridle fits over the fly mask properly, I don't see any reason why you couldn't ride in one.
     
    06-15-2011, 11:49 PM
  #6
Weanling
Thank you for all the replies.I am going to a large tack store on Saturday in MN so I will look for the cashel ones.
     
    06-15-2011, 11:56 PM
  #7
Weanling
I ride with a fly mask, on Dancer of course, lol. I have found that the fly mask works really well and it keeps him from head tossing due to bugs. The mask I use is a black meshy type material. His has ears.
     
    06-18-2011, 06:06 PM
  #8
Weanling
I know Cashel makes one you can ride in, it has a finer mesh around the eye area so it makes it easier to see out. The Cashel Quiet Ride.
     
    06-18-2011, 06:11 PM
  #9
Weanling
Both my fly masks have ears, but Tazz has one that extends to his nose because he's prone to sunburn too.

I ride in mine, but it fits over the top of Lottie's bridle in the summer. I have to use one then, because otherwise she will spend the entire ride tossing her head and generally being quite agitated.
     

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