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post #1 of 3 Old 08-20-2007, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Introducing to a fly mask

The flies have gotten to a point where I NEED to get my horse a fly mask... it's really bad, trust me. He's never worn one before, and frankly, I haven't had to put one on any other horse either.

I've been warming him up to it by decreasing his sensitivity around his face, holding a cloth over his eyes and around his muzzle, he's been very good with that. I have a feeling the fly mask will be scarier, with the sound of the velcro (I've seen ones with velcro, are there buckled ones?) and stuff. I'm just expecting him to freak and hurt himself as he tries to rub it off or something... I'd rather not be trampled either. He's not really a spooky horse, but he's always been a little timid about his face.

Do you have any suggestions as to how I should introduce him to the mask?
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-20-2007, 04:11 PM
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I only like to use fly mask for sun burns, for flys when there bad I put some swat on them. Just don't forget to take it off and blow the hair off so it doesn't get in there eyes. I have never trained a horse to a fly mask be for I just put it on.
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-21-2007, 01:35 AM
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You allready started very nice...
Get the mask out, and open and close the velcro at his back at his face on his chest, to see if he can stand the sound.
In general, I just put my masks on, never really6 had a problem even with skiddisch horses.
Though i do it after a little excersize if i have a skiddish one, pat him and then slowly, calmy but not hestantly put it on.
so he does not get suspicious, and then it is most times ok, they usually figure out very fat that a mask is something nice...

Works the same with flyspray or a garnehose shower in the summer.
Watch him for a while and then you should be good.

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