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    05-24-2009, 01:31 PM
'Tis the season.... Fly masks!

I thought it might be useful to start a thread regarding fly masks!

Do you use a fly mask or intend to?
What brands do you prefer, and why?
Which brands do you dislike and why?
What are the pros and cons to using a fly mask, in your opinion?
Any additional comments:

Do you use a fly mask or intend to? No, and never have. I might this summer.

What brands do you prefer, and why? I like the Cashel brand and the Supermask brand. The stitching seems very good and in a way that the horses' eyes would not get interfered with. The Supermask also has a handy velcro closure.

Which brands do you dislike and why? The Kensington brand. They have "bug" eyes and have more than once collapsed in on our dummy horse at the tack shop. I would be terrified of that happening to my horse.

What are the pros and cons to using a fly mask, in your opinion? I once heard my old coach talking about them, and how a horse of a friend of hers had run itself nearly to death because a bee had gotten in the mask. Also, what if hay gets lodged under the noseband or throatlatch?
I think the pros are obvious, but if you get a long nose mask, it can reduce sunburn as well.
Any additional comments:
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    05-24-2009, 03:34 PM
Do you use a fly mask or intend to? Yes I most definitely do :)

What brands do you prefer, and why? I love my Cashel. I like Cashel because they are made to last, they are durable and sturdy for turnout use. I used to use other brands, and they wouldn't hold up or I would find them off my horse laying somehwere, or pulled off by other horses. The Cashel, stays put.

I use this one:

Which brands do you dislike and why? I haven't tried many, but the one's I have tried rip, tear, the velcro doesn't remain durable and they come off easily.

What are the pros and cons to using a fly mask, in your opinion? Well, first and foremost - it keeps the fly's off of my Boo's face. But also, the longer one protects the white on his face, preventing sun burns. I like the ear covers as well, it keeps the bugs from getting into his ears and irriating them.

Con's - how expensive they are. While the Cashel's are a better made product, they still aren't "perfect" and can rip and tear. The ear covers can get holes in them, which defeats the purpose of ear covers. But I still find them the superior fly mask on the market today.

Any additional comments: I also use a fly mask when I ride in the summer, especially when I hack. My TB is a very senstative boy, thin skinned - so any fly protection as most as I can, benefits.

When hacking in muddy, wet, shady area's - mosquito's are a pain in the patootie, and having a fly mask on helps drastically. Keeps him from shaking his head continuously - hacking, and during lessons or arena work.

I use this whenever I ride - lessons, hacking, schooling, fox hunting:

    05-24-2009, 04:16 PM
Green Broke
I LOVE flymasks and will never go another summer without them!

I love the Cashel brand with ears and a long nose for my very fly-sensitive Draft X. She loves to pull her flymask off and since I got the Cashel- she hasn't been able to. It's the same one as MIEventer pictured in the first pic.

For my OTTB and my QH- I like the Absorbine Supermask. They don't like the ears and long nose and don't really need the protection for their ears.
    05-24-2009, 10:42 PM
Has anyone ever had problems with fly masks?
    05-24-2009, 10:46 PM
Green Broke
I've never had problems with them other than the fact that they get sweaty under there sometimes. And the fact that my horses love to lose them. Lol
    05-24-2009, 10:53 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for starting this thread JDI! I am planning on getting one for Blue to protect her eyes on long trailer rides! I am thinking about the Kinsigton, but I might go with the super mask. Or whatever is on sale at Dover at the moment!
    05-24-2009, 10:58 PM
I don't intend to as its winter here lol :P
    05-25-2009, 12:36 AM
Green Broke
I do normally use them, but my pony has such BIG ears, and she was abused, so she HATESSS her ears being touched, and so its going to be hard getting one on her. =( =)

Here is a picture of her ears. Hahaha
She's so cute though. =)

    05-25-2009, 01:00 AM
She's part Mulahay! Lol. I'm teasing.

Candy Cane is just too precious!
    05-25-2009, 01:53 AM
I'm just terrified of putting one on Denny and him getting hay lodged between the mask and his face and irritating his eye - remember this is the most accident prone horse I have ever met.

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