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    12-26-2011, 12:40 PM
  #1
Weanling
fly face masks

Does anyone use them? How do you find them? Anyone had any mishaps? I have a tb mare that gets bitten something stupid by the midgeys. I also wandered about fly fringes, I can't leave head collars on in the field all summer, both horses are sorted twice a day so will be checked.
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    12-26-2011, 12:43 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I'm a no-no to fly masks. When it rains, the rain gets into the mesh and the horse's view is disturbed, and if something gets in to it, it can't get out. A friend had as wasp get into her horse's mask. Nice vets bill of antihistamines poor thing...
     
    12-26-2011, 12:45 PM
  #3
Weanling
I've heard some horror stories which is kinda why I asked. I won't risk hurting either animal. Do fly fringes work?
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    12-26-2011, 12:48 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Yup, I use them... someone once criticised and said Would you like it if you have something covering your face all day? I said I don't know, I don't wear a burkha... but I think I'd prefer that than to have an eye infection... No racist comments there, by the way.. it was just one of those things.
     
    12-26-2011, 12:49 PM
  #5
Weanling
Does it work? If so how? Ruby's quiet headshy too so I don't want to upset her.
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    12-26-2011, 12:51 PM
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Green Broke
Yes! You still get some flies, but I would use them 100%...
     
    12-26-2011, 12:54 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I use fly masks on my horses. I think they are fine to leave on for long periods of time but you should check it everyday and make sure it's still nice and clean. Hickory doesn't mind his fly mask and it doesn't restrict his vision at all.and keeps the majority of flies and other stuff out of his eyes.
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    12-26-2011, 12:56 PM
  #8
uii
Foal
At night, a fly mask can make a horses' vision bad, but they are okay. They can get ripped, though, so that is one thing to consider.
     
    12-26-2011, 12:57 PM
  #9
Green Broke
My horses have lived in fly masks for the last 20-some years --- just as soon as the sun and the flies come out.

Fly mask do offer some UV protection and I have a couple horses whose eyes are now light sensitive thanks to metabolic issues. When the eyes run, the flies come, and the vicious circle begins.

Knock-on-wood, I have never had anyone get hurt in them, hung up on anything, or had been stung under them, and my horses roam on large pasture with trees.

They wear them in the pouring rain and wind because I don't want something blown into their eyes.

They never come in until after dark and nobody's ever run into a fence post BUT that doesn't mean a horse with poor vision couldn't.

I wash those fly masks every single night in the washer on slow speed, cold water, a TBS of laundry soap, for 3 minutes.

The fly masks that hold up the best for me are Farnum. My only complaint with Farnum is I am not at all fond of their shimmering gold. I have four horses so I want four colors instead of having to put initials on each mask and waste my time looking for that initial.

One of my seniors has to wear a fly mask to bed every night. Sometimes his arthritis causes him to struggle to get up and he doesn't close his eyes. Twice I had to wash shavings out of his eyes; after the second time, on went the night time beauty mask. That was over four years ago and his eyes are as perfect as ever
     
    12-26-2011, 12:57 PM
  #10
Weanling
I couldn't use it on my youngster as he uses trees to itch his head! That's the other thing I might have problems with, both horses have eye sight problems, my youngster in one eye and our tb in both.
     

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