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The Do’s and Don’ts of Horse Fly Masks

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Anyone that has ever been around horses can attest to one thing – where there are horses, there are flies. Flies are an annoyance; that much is known. However, they can also be a potential danger in the form of painful bites to the transmission of diseases. Whether you are dealing with face flies, stable flies, horse flies and even deer flies, you will need to come up with a way to protect your horses from these nuisances.

One easy way to provide your horse with ample fly and insect protection is through horse fly masks. These essential equine items are specifically made to protect horses from insect bites to dust. They can help reduce the impact pests have on your horse’s overall well-being.

There are a few tips you should understand about properly equipping fly masks, such as the Farnam Supermask ll, to your horses, such as:

DON'T

leave fly masks on for extended periods. It is better for the health of the horse that the fly mask is taken off a few times a day.

DO

remove fly masks at night unless there is a medical reason to keep them on.

DON'T

allow poorly fitting masks can scratch your horse’s eyes. This could lead to corneal ulcers. Choose a well-fitting style that features eye darts or rounded inserts. A good test is if the horse can blink freely through the mask. If it can, the mask is a good fit.

DO

create a schedule when to clean your horse fly masks and stick to it. Dirt and debris from the mask can fall from the mask and into your horse’s eyes. Horse fly masks can become grimy when not cleaned on a regular basis, which can lead to possible skin infections.

DON'T

use a mask that is too tight or too loose; it also should be made of a non-abrasive material with soft linings. Either can cause irritations for the animal and do more harm than good.

DO

check that the ear coverings fit fine. Make sure they provide ample room for the horse to flip and move its ears without any type of hindrance. A little bit of space in the ear coverings also helps prevent skin irritations on the ears due to excessive rubbing.

DON'T

put a dirty fly mask on your horse. Keeping an extra mask on hand for each horse is extremely helpful. This way one mask can be worn while the other is being washed.

It is important to stay diligent when it comes to fly control. With the help of effective pest control tools, you can spend less time worrying about flies and more time enjoying the company of your horse.



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