Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
Ditto the previous posters. Like anything else we put on a horse they are NOT meant to be on 24/7, if the horse is on pasture board.
I am 200% in favor of horses wearing fly masks during turn out.
The fly masks I used claim to have 60% UV protection which is important for one of my horses. The flies don't get inside the masks! I don't use masks with ears because the horses won't keep them on. I clean their ears every day and put a light film of ointment in there to deter flies.
My horses come in at night with clean eyes, no stress from having to wipe their faces on their legs all day long, as the flies have not been gathering at the corners of their eyes to get the eye matter every horse has. Then the flies aggravate the eyes and pretty soon the eyes start running and so goes the all day continuing, unhealthy circle ---------
I wash fly masks after every wearing to keep them free of crud --- The horses each have extra masks. After a couple days, the dirty masks go in the washer on slow with ~tsp of laundry soap and get washed for the least amount of minutes on the washer timer.
Regarding being in the rain with the masks on: My horses have been in frog strangling rain many times with their fly masks on and it has never been an issue. Fly masks actually served them well 6-7 weeks back when we had a quarter-sized hail storm and I couldn't get the horses in. It still cost me a vet bill for one horse but at least his face & eyes were safe -----
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.