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  • Should a horses fly mask be left on at night
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    06-07-2012, 10:44 PM
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Can you keep a fly mask on at night?

Title says it all haha
     
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    06-07-2012, 10:48 PM
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Yearling
That bad, huh? Ouch!
     
    06-07-2012, 10:50 PM
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Foal
My horse has an eye condition that requires him to wear a flymask 24/7/365. He does just fine at night as far as I can tell, he lived out on pasture for like 6mo but otherwise has lived in a stall and he's had his mask on all the time for 5 years. I don't notice any scrapes or anything on him from running into things and I havent seen him have any issues with it. I would make sure you horse can see well enough in it though or ask your vet if you are planning to leave him out in it 24/7. It can kind of depend on the situation and the horse.
Also, check on it daily to make sure its clean and he isnt having any issues :) good luck!
     
    06-07-2012, 10:51 PM
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Foal
Oh and if it wasnt clear by lived out on pasture I meant 24/7 and in a stall I meant at night :P
     
    06-07-2012, 11:28 PM
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Weanling
My guy is outside 27/7 with a flymask on 24/7. He does just fine, I've never heard of anyone taking a flymask off just for nighttime. Flies stick around after the sun goes down too. ;)
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    06-08-2012, 01:27 AM
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Green Broke
At night all of the horses have their's taken off with the exception of a mare with HERDA. She is turned out at night and wears hers.
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    06-08-2012, 01:31 AM
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Weanling
I always remove my horses masks at night. I just feel there isnt near the need for them at night and I like to give their face a break so it isnt constant wear which can leave marks etc. I also use that time to inspect their eyes and make sure there are no issues or problems arising under there ;)
     
    06-08-2012, 01:40 AM
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Green Broke
^^^^^^ Ditto. Off at night. I think they need a break.
     
    06-08-2012, 08:21 AM
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Green Broke
Mine rub them off on a tree soon as I'm not watching.
     
    06-08-2012, 08:36 AM
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Trained
I've wondered this as well. There are times when my horses are out in the furthest corner of the pasture and simply refuse to come in so I've left them on.

Well, at least my mare. My gelding, just like Joe4d's horse's, sheds his as quickly as he can by any means that he can.
     

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