Fly masks for horses have seen considerable innovation in recent years. Manufacturers have stepped up their game in a variety of ways, and competition is heating up. There are quite a few new features that a fly mask of recent years can boast of, so customers are spoilt for choice. We are also seeing more value for money these days.
Fly masks are being made with a more shaped construction. They also have increased durability, which makes them last longer. They are being made with double eye darts. Fly masks are now available with two or more primary materials.
As we can all recall, the crusader fly mask was released around twenty years ago. It was a gamechanger in the industry because they came in multiple colors, and we got to choose from different sizes. Nowadays, the competition has caught up, and we can see fly masks with internal padding as well.
Take a look at the primary types of fly masks from which you can choose.
Hard And Tough Mask
One of the main ways to choose which kind of fly mask to get for your horse is to know the environment in which your horse will be wearing it. In case your horse is going to get rough among a group of peers, then you would do well to get a fly mask that is tough and can withstand rough use.
However, you should be careful because a fly mask made of tougher material can also be rougher on the skin. You can prevent this by fitting the mask on properly so that it can’t lose and rub against the horse’s skin. Further, you should be mindful that these accessories are prone to get stuck on fences and sheds. So, you should try to get one that has elastic on the straps so that your horse has a better chance of freeing himself.
Mask With Medium Toughness
These fall in the middle of the range. They are of the kind of toughness that can withstand the average horse and usual use but will fail in case a horse is determined to destroy it. There are quite a few brands that have come out with good options in this range.
We would recommend those from Centaur and Shire. However, Crusader remains our perennial favorite. This is true even though these masks are priced slightly higher. But we have found that their products last for much longer, so they are cheaper in the long run.
In this category, our favorite would be UltraShield by Absorbine. This product features a catch loop that is quite convenient to use. They also have a uniquely soft material on the underside so that they are probably very comfortable for your horse to use.
Since this brand makes its product with two single fasteners, they can be pulled off if the horse gets tough. So we would recommend this product for any horse who tends to get its fly mask stuck.
There is a large variety of fly mask choices out there. Take into account your particular horse’s behavior and his surroundings when making a choice.