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Fly Masks: The First Line of Defense Against Flies

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Ever heard the phrase, “Where there are horses, there are flies?" As horse owners, we know that phrase far too well!  As we gear up for fly season, it is time to get your fly control arsenal ready.  It is important not to forget about one of the most sensitive parts of your horse, his face!  In addition to fly spray and premise control, you can protect your horse's face, ears, nose and eyes with a mask.

Why are fly masks so important during fly season? A fly mask works to help protect the most susceptible area of the horse:  the face.  The mask protects the eyes, ears and jowl, so they are shielded from irritating insect bites. What makes these areas so susceptible? A horse's eyes and the inside of the nose are actually mucous membranes and some flies, like the pesky face fly, are drawn to the moisture, which can cause intense irritation for your horse and lead to other health problems.   The use of a fly mask can help provide a healthy and stress free environment in the stable and the pasture. 


Choose a mask based on your horse's needs

Pro-Force™ Equine Fly Mask

The Pro Force Equine Fly Mask has been crafted for maximum protection and comfort for your horse and includes:

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UV Protection: The Clear View Vision™ mesh helps to shield your horse from harmful UV rays. If your horse has white or pink markings on his face, he could get a sunburn, and it is important to protect those areas.

Short Pile Fleece: The short pile fleece trim prevents insects from irritating your horse, without undesirable friction or rubbing. Also, the short pile design keeps debris such as burs or leaves from sticking to it.  

Glow in the Dark: The mask also feature's the Equi-Glo Nite Reflector. So, it is easier to see your horse after dark!  (When I turn my horse out in the evening after work, it is so beneficial to have the reflector on him, so I can see him as the sun goes down when I try to catch him!)

No Halter, No Problem: As an added bonus, it even comes designed with a Quick-Catch lead line loop, so you can attach a lead line to the mask and avoid a halter if needed.

With or Without Ears: If you live in a climate where insects such as no-see-ums are common, or your horse is very sensitive to bugs, you may want to consider a mask with ears. (pictured below on Quincy, Oldenburg gelding, Grand Prix Dressage).

 

FORCE MASK

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Insect Shield® Repellent Gear from Opti-Force™

GRAZE IN PEACE! (6)If you are looking for an extra boost of protection from your fly mask, the Opti-Force Equine Fly Mask is your answer.  This mask provides some extra bells and whistles: 

Built-In Repellent: The mask is made with Insect Shield® Repellent Technology to provide built-in, invisible, odorless insect protection to repel mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies and fleas. We all know too well that flies still land on masks, so this helps keep flies away from the face area. 

See-Through Mesh: Clear View Vision mesh allows your horse to see through the mesh easily, and it allows you to see your horse's eye with ease. With other masks that have thicker mesh, you cannot see your horses eyes.  When it is hot and sunny, it is always nice to be able to check your horses eyes for sweat, irritation, etc.  Also, the lightweight, comfortable design keeps the mask off of the face and away from the eyes.

Double Fastener:  The mask has two adjustable safety fasteners to provide a secure fit and help keep the mask in place. (My horse's turnout buddy loves taking off his mask. But, he hasn't figured out how to get this one off yet!).

Glows in the Dark: The mask also feature's the Equi-Glo Nite Reflector. So, now it is easier to see your horse after dark!  

Multiple sizes: This mask comes in horse and warmblood sizes.

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General Fitting and Care Tips:

Here are a few general fitting and care tips to get the most out of your horse fly mask:

  1. Approach your horse from the left: When putting the mask on your horse, approach the horse from the left side. Directly approaching your horse with the mask could startle him.
  2. Snug, but not too snug: Once the mask has been fastened with the right amount of snugness, check each side of the horse’s face by allowing your fingers to slip comfortably between the mask and your horse.
  3. Eyelash check! The mask fabric should not be too close to your horse’s eyes; ensure the eye lashes do not poke through the material.
  4. Daily Checkup: Check the mask daily for any damage and examine the condition of your horses face and eyes.
  5. No Mask Overnight: Remove the mask at night unless there is a medical reason for keeping it on. Don’t leave a fly mask on for long periods.
  6. Washing: Wash the mask periodically, with mild soap and water to keep it clean from any dust or debris that could irritate your horse.
  7. Back-up Plan: Keep a back-up mask on hand in case yours becomes damaged or dirty. This way your horse will have protection when needed.

In order to keep your horse(s) as comfortable as possible this fly season, consider making the choice to add a fly mask to your fly control routine!

CLICK HERE FOR $4 OFF the Pro-Force or Opti-Force mask. Plus save on other products in the Force line!

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Jennifer Serot

Jennifer Serot

Jennifer is the newest member of the Manna Pro Equine Team. She has been riding and showing dressage for 20 years and enjoys spending time with her Connemara pony. Jennifer graduated with her BSBA and MBA in Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis.

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