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post #1 of 10 Old 11-13-2016, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Flymasks and forelocks

Looked at some pictures of my mare from last winter and was shocked at how much longer and thicker her forelock was a year ago
This summer was the first time in her life she was wearing a fly mask - and she seemed to really like it
But lost quite a bit of her foreleock over the season... And now burr season is giving it the rest

Which types of flymask preserve the forelock better? The "regular" ones or the ones with the cut out? Or any additional tips? Aside from "accept it, of course.

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-13-2016, 09:08 AM
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I'm not sure about brand but it sounds like she was rubbing her forehead. Did you wash it at all during the time she was wearing it?

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Don't they sell forelock extensions in any of your catalogues???

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post #4 of 10 Old 11-13-2016, 09:29 AM
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I always pull the forelock out of the mask. Not so much for rubbing but because I don't want the hair to get in their eyes & they have no way to get it out.
If a mask doesn't have a slot I cut one in.
Probably makes no sense to do that but that's me.

Bucket handles where they attach to the bucket will pull out hairs too, depending on the type of bucket, so I vet wrap those.

Rough stall walls can pull hair too, usually the tail.
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Don't they sell forelock extensions in any of your catalogues???
maybe a small tail extension? Hmmm, I think i have to add some Western calalogues to my list
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I'm not sure about brand but it sounds like she was rubbing her forehead. Did you wash it at all during the time she was wearing it?
I have 2 I rotate daily (one with a cut out, one without), so the used one can dry from the wash... But they are also on 23 hours or so during the week, as I can't get to the barn twice a day during the week...

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I always pull the forelock out of the mask. Not so much for rubbing but because I don't want the hair to get in their eyes & they have no way to get it out.
If a mask doesn't have a slot I cut one in.
Probably makes no sense to do that but that's me.

Bucket handles where they attach to the bucket will pull out hairs too, depending on the type of bucket, so I vet wrap those.

Rough stall walls can pull hair too, usually the tail.
She is living in a pasture with tons of bushes; I'm sure she pulls out hair there as well.
But was thinking to cut a slot in the mask as well and add a border of fleece to it... I have a month or two until I need it again
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-13-2016, 10:49 AM
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Cutting a hole for her forelock is a good idea, my friend's QH has a mask like that and his forelock stays pretty thick. That might do it, though it may also lead to her catching it on stuff.

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post #8 of 10 Old 11-13-2016, 11:30 AM
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I use the Farnam Supermask without ears.

https://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail....2-00b0d0204ae5

I have a couple that are follically challenged in the forelock area but it's due to genetics not them rubbing it out. LOL
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I use the Farnam Supermask without ears.

https://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail....2-00b0d0204ae5

I have a couple that are follically challenged in the forelock area but it's due to genetics not them rubbing it out. LOL
I have one of them with ears :) stays on really well!
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I always use the ones with the hole as well, and just pull the forelock through. Plus it looks a lot better that way too/more comfortable for them. Wouldn't wait hair all over my face!
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