Fly Mask Buying Guide
Posted on 09 April 2017 by Kim
Thinking about replacing or buying a new fly mask and want to know what to look for? My short buying guide on fly masks may be a good place to start. Here goes...
Protection from Flying Critters
If the flies and midges irritate your horse’s ears, go for a design with ear protection. The “ears” tend to be made from a much softer and lighter mesh material than main mask for comfort and to ensure movement of the ears is not restricted. If the ears end up annoying him or making him sweat, don’t discard the mask, simply cut the ears of it out and continue to use it!
If you want a mask that won’t rub your horse’s face, go for one that is trimmed with a soft fleece as this is specifically included to eliminate rubbing. This is great on one hand but not so on the other as it causes the horse to sweat around its ears and around the nose area.
If you want a mask that prevents flies from getting inside it, one with padding around the nose and the brow will both achieve this as well as prevent rubbing too and it probably won’t be as warm as one edged with fleece.
If you want a mask that doesn’t rub your horse’s eyes, choose a mask that is “structured”, i.e. that has a band to hold the mesh away from your horse’s eyes, or one that is made of mesh firm enough to hold its shape.
If you want a fly mask for hacking out, get a “fly veil”. A fly veil generally has a fringe and nowadays these are available with and without ear protection. Simply put your bridle on and then put this on over the top. How good is that!
Protection from the Sun
If you want to protect your horse’s face from sunburn, look for a fly mask that offers good UV protection. These too come with and without “ears”.
If you want to protect your horse’s nose, look for a mask with nose protection. Often this part of the mask is detachable.
Protection from escape
If you’ve got a “Houdini”, i.e. that is a horse that manages to get his mask off all the time, pick a mask that has an extra wide Velcro closure under the chin as this will help to keep it in place even if the horse rubs it.
What else do I need to look out for?
Look carefully at the type of material the main body of the mask is made of. Why? Because if the material is a very fine mesh, it will protect your horse from midges as well as flies.
Fly masks that are suitable for field use can also be used in the stable as well. This is particularly important for those stables that are facing the sun in the afternoon when the suns at its hottest.
Finally, some fly masks are made of anti-rip fabric which is vital for horses that try to destroy their mask.
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