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post #1 of 7 Old 10-02-2008, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Fly mask questions

So my mare has a pink nose.

When she gets burned it's mainly between her nostrils, but if it's extreme it'll be all around her nostrils and even on her chin spot. I've been sunscreening her since January and it's not all that bad. The thing is, no one can really do it for me when I go away, so I'm thinking a nose covering/fly mask would work. The one's that only cover the nose are perfect, but won't work for me because we don't turn out with halters on.

Would this work even though it doesn't cover her nose completely?
I'm worried that it won't because the main part of her nose would be uncovered and that's the part I especially want protected.

I'm thinking this would be better, but does it have to say that it has UV protection?

How did you "teach" your horse to wear a fly mask? And does he/she keep one on for several days of turnout? Is it safe to do that?

I'm going to keep looking at different fly masks. ;)
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-03-2008, 04:12 AM
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The 1st one may.. the 2nd one isn't a turnout one i dont believe..

you don't really teach a horse to wear a mask.. you just put it one lol.

Its best to take it off at night and back on in the morning. it won't hurt them to leave it on overnight occasionally. just not regularly. Also as long as theres nothing they can get the mack caught on in the pasture.. though it would probably rip off if its velcro.

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-05-2008, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by firegurl979
you don't really teach a horse to wear a mask.. you just put it one lol.

Its best to take it off at night and back on in the morning. it won't hurt them to leave it on overnight occasionally. just not regularly. Also as long as theres nothing they can get the mack caught on in the pasture.. though it would probably rip off if its velcro.

Ditto that.

I have a friend who clogged her pink-nosed APHA's pores up with sunscreen and it cost her a vet bill.

The vet told her to buy diaper rash cream and slather it on really thick.

It is 10% zinc oxide. I buy Wal-Mart's brand. I also buy pure 20% zinc oxide at WalMart and mix it with the diaper rash cream because the diaper rash cream does hold up well under moisture.

Hope this helps
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-05-2008, 08:56 PM
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the first one will - the second one, as mentioned before, is not a turnout one.

Good luck :)

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-05-2008, 09:00 PM
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I think the first one would do the job! :) & yeah, most like the masks. Some mind it though. It just depends- give it a shot!

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-05-2008, 10:24 PM
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I have both masks, exactly the same but with ears.
The first one keeps his pink nose from getting sunburnt just fine but my friends mare had one and she pulled it off all the time, not sure if it was because of her being persistent or the mask being easy to take off, or a combination. However, the mask never got a single tear even with her pulling off every few days.

The second mask will not stay on as a turnout, I tried lol.

Even though its not recommended to leave the mask on at night, it wouldn't hurt to do that every few nights.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-05-2008, 11:34 PM
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the first one is good. i live under the harsh australian sun and have used ones like the first one you posted. i dont have to at the moment because none of my horses need it but when i have used them on horses that need coverage they have been great.

you can leave them on overnight if need be. most of those things will tear at the first sign of anything and so far i havent seen nor heard of any accidents with them. at the moment my car is off the road so i cant get to the horses of a morning to put their fly veils on so ive been leaving them on overnight. they dont have halters on as well, just the veils. obviously if you can do it each morning that would be best but if you are going away and cant get there i wouldnt stress too much about having it left on. are there other people around who could check on him daily?

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