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Fly Protection 101: Fly Masks

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Ever heard the phrase, “Where there are horses, there are flies?" As most of us know, flies can be a nuisance, but did you know they can also cause health issues to horses? Painful bites that spread diseases can come from face flies, stable flies, deer flies, horse flies, horse ticks and other biting insects. Ick! 

So why are fly masks for horses so important during fly season? A fly mask works to help protect the most susceptible areas of the horse’s face including the eyes and jowl so they are shielded from irritating insect bites. Plus, the use of a fly mask can help provide a healthy and stress free environment in the stable and the pasture. Check out the the Force Mask video to learn about the cutting edge technology in Manna Pro's masks. 

Pro-Force™ Equine Fly Mask

The Pro-Force™  Mask
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has been crafted for maximum protection and comfort for your horse. The Clear View Vision™ mesh helps to shield your horse from harmful UV rays. The short pill fleece lined trim prevents insects from irritating your horse, without undesirable friction or rubbing. Also, the short pill keeps debris such as burs or leaves from sticking to it.  The mask also feature's the Equi-Glo Nite Reflector. So, now 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!) As an added bonus, it even comes designed with a Quick-Catch lead line loop, so you can attach a lead line and avoid a halter. This mask comes with and without ears too. 

Insect Shield® Repellent Gear from Opti-Force™

optiforce msak callouts.jpgIf you are looking for an extra boost of protection from your fly mask, the Opti-Force Equine Fly Mask is your answer. The mask is made with Insect Shield® Repellent Technology to provide built-in, invisible, odorless insect protection to repel mosquitos, ticks, biting flies and fleas. The mask is designed for a secure fit with strong, Clear View Vision mesh. The lightweight, comfortable design keeps the mask off of the face and away from the eyes. Plus, two adjustable safety fasteners provide a secure fit and help keep the mask in place. This mask comes in horse size and warmblood sizes.

 

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. 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. 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. The mask fabric should not be too close to your horse’s eyes; ensure the eye lashes do not poke through the material.
  3. Check the mask daily for any damage and examine the condition of your horses face and eyes.
  4. 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.
  5. Wash the mask periodically, with mild soap and water to keep it clean from any dust or debris that could irritate your horse.
  6. 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!

Even better, pair a mask with Force Fly Spray for extra protection. Click Here to learn more about the sprays and save up to $7!

 

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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