With good intentions, you probably purchased a fly mask for your horse. Summer flies can be very annoying! Fly masks are a great way to eliminate them from your horse’s facial area, but you have to make sure you’re using this protective gear correctly.
The Do’s of Fly Masks
- Check for a correct fit: Your horse’s mask shouldn’t be too loose or tight. There should also be a little extra room in the ears to prevent rubbing.
- Clean it regularly: Make sure there’s no dirt or grime. You don’t want a skin infection.
- Teach him to lower his head: There’s nothing worse than trying to put a fly mask on a horse that has his head in the clouds.
- Take it off nightly: You don’t want to impair his night vision.
- Have an extra mask: If one becomes dirty or ripped, you’ll be prepared.
The Don’ts of Fly Masks
- Leave it on too long: Give your horse a break by taking it off regularly.
- Never check up on him: Make sure the mask hasn’t slid off one ear or become dirty from rolling.
- Use a poorly fitted one: You horse can develop nasty rubs from a badly fitted mask. He can also lose it easier.
- Purchase based on looks: They may come in pretty colors or designs, but always put functionality first.
- Use nothing else: You’ll also want to spray his body or get a fly sheet. While the mask is helpful, it isn’t going to solve all of your fly problems.
Using a fly mask doesn’t have to be difficult. Make sure you follow these do’s and don’ts!