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post #1 of 28 Old 07-01-2012, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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What brand/ type of flymask do you use?

I'm trying to find some good fly masks. We haven't had them in years because our horses used to chew them off the others' faces, and it was more cost-efficient to buy some good fly spray than to replace 4 fly masks a month...

Since we haven't had them in a really long time, I'm not familiar with the brands and qualities of the brands, etc.. At first I was just going to buy some and hope for the best, maybe take a couple money hits, and then I remembered... I HAVE A FORUM!

So, my horse-owning friends, what fly mask do you have? What brand do you like the most? Are there brands I should stay away from?
I've seen fly masks with ears and extended nose pieces, so what are your thoughts on them? I figure the more protection the better, but I'd still love to hear others thoughts who have had these.

Our horses are also all in one area together, so I need fly masks that are sturdy. Especially because there's a 2 year old filly who likes to nibble and a gelding who could go blind and deaf and not notice as long as he could taste... (It's his go-to sense: he has to make SURE it's not actually food disguised as my tack.)
I don't think there are any completely teeth-proof materials, but I'd still like to give a good, sturdy material at least a try.

Oh, and the last question: How much do they cost? Less money is better, but I'd rather have quality if it comes down to it.

Thanks for helping!
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post #2 of 28 Old 07-02-2012, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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.... so does nobody use flymasks, or....?
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post #3 of 28 Old 07-02-2012, 02:07 AM
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I really like Kensington flymasks for my mares. I've owned one of my masks for 3 years and it still functions great! The elastic is a little stretched out but that's not an issue since it still works, and stays on, without the elastic being super tight.

I know some people have had rubs with the Kensington masks but I've never had an issue. Actually, I've had more issues with rubbing and other masks than I've had with the Kensingtons!

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post #4 of 28 Old 07-02-2012, 02:10 AM
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we just get whatever cheap ones we can for the boys. my two geldings rip off each others on an hourly basis, and charlies already gone through 2 in just one month....grrr its the same every year he went through 3 last year.

josie gets a full face mask because her nose burns like crazy

and sugar gets one with the ear covers because she gets alot of knat bites in her ears but i dont have pics on my compy

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post #5 of 28 Old 07-02-2012, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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Wallaby, what did you pay for yours? I'm going to have to go check that brand out, it sounds like it's durable and that's exactly what I need, lol.

Roperchick, that picture is priceless... it brings back memories, lol!
I was looking at the full masks because Geronimo has a big white blaze, so a lot of his muzzle is pink, but nothing mentions if they come in different lengths or anything like that which is my concern since he has a pretty long face. And do you notice any higher casualties with those? I feel like my horses would have a ball with one, because it's a flap so they could really latch onto it. Luckily it would be on the face of the worst of the bunch, but... the 2 year old...

Thanks for sharing, guys!
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post #7 of 28 Old 07-02-2012, 07:50 AM
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I also use Cashel. Autumn wears a standard with ears. One ear flops out every now and again, I assume from rubbing. Other than that it stays on. I would recommend a full coverage for any horse with a pink nose.

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post #9 of 28 Old 07-02-2012, 08:58 AM
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Cashel, I have one and my sister has one that covers the nose. So far they seem pretty sturdy.
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post #10 of 28 Old 07-02-2012, 09:12 AM
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Cashel. Never thought fly masks were worthwhile until this year. First year I have ever had teary eyes on a horse. Don't know if it's the bug prevention or UV protection but all the excess tears stopped.
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