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post #1 of 21 Old 07-11-2013, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Fly Mask Issues!

Hey,
So my Fjord mare has some fly issues. They constantly get into her eyes and her eyes are really gunky. We got her a fly mask with looks like this:


However, when we took it off we realized she had rubs on the base of her neck which is weird because there's padding meant to prevent that sort of thing. Now we don't use the fly mask on her anymore but is there any other fly mask which could work and not cause rubs?
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-11-2013, 09:49 AM
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I have that mask and my horse gets rubbed around the ears and some places on his nose and neck. The rubs don't seem painful and he doesn't have to look pretty so I don't mind. There are lots of brands/styles out there. Perhaps Goodle "no rub flymask."
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post #3 of 21 Old 07-11-2013, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 21 Old 07-11-2013, 09:58 AM
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The rubs are probably from her trying to rub it off. Mine refuses to keep a fly mask on. I thought I finally defeated her when I tied it on like a throatlatch. Nope now she just hid it somewhere in her 30 acre pasture.
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post #5 of 21 Old 07-11-2013, 10:23 AM
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Horses are great at getting out of fly masks..they also get going into games of halter tag which then turns into the "see how far you can fling the mask" game or keep away.

I use the mask that has the ears. At least for my horse it kept the mask a little looser underneath and didn't rub like the earless one did. He was a thin skinned and very short coated TB and would get rub marks just by thinking about it.

You could also try using a breakaway halter and putting it OVER the mask; it will keep the mask from slipping so much.
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post #6 of 21 Old 07-11-2013, 10:33 AM
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I use a better fly mask these do not work well Cashel fly mask stay on and do not rub I get the one with ears and long for nose this is what I do for my draft horse

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post #7 of 21 Old 07-11-2013, 10:45 AM
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I would totally recommend the Cashel range of fly masks. This is a link to the ones I use on all my horses, they come in a range of sizes and I've never yet had one rubbed
Cashel® Cool Crusader™ Long Nose Fly Mask with Ears | Dover Saddlery
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post #8 of 21 Old 07-11-2013, 10:57 AM
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The Cashel long nose with ears is the one my horse lost. The cheaper one like the op has, has never been lost or even come off of her. I hate how the Cashel ones have a little stretchy thing on the velcro so it ensures the horse can squeeze out of it.
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post #9 of 21 Old 07-11-2013, 12:19 PM
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Has anyone thought about tying on a bright orange strip of survey ribbon? Makes them easier to find.



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post #10 of 21 Old 07-11-2013, 12:42 PM
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I thought about just glueing it to her head lol. She is too darned smart mine would probably take the colored ribbon off. But I'm pretty sure she stomped it into the pond. I made her walk the whole pasture with me and I found two other ones but not hers.
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