Horse flies can be extremely irritating for horses, causing them to rub their faces against their legs or body parts in an attempt to get rid of the pesky insects. One effective way to keep horse flies at bay is to use a basic spray recipe with eucalyptus or tea tree oil as a repellent. However, using a fly mask is a better way to protect your horses from flies.
It’s important to note that you should avoid using a mask for your horse at night, as this can lead to skin infections. Instead, you should prepare to have clean masks ready to cover your horses when traveling, as there is usually a lot of light movement outside of the trailer. Investing in a high-quality horse fly mask is a smart long-term investment for any horse owner, as it can help protect your horse’s face during the day and minimize the risk of equine infectious anemia, also known as swamp fever, which is carried by horse flies.
A List of Top Best Horse Fly Masks
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Cashel Crusader Standard Horse Fly Mask No Ears or Nose
This Cashel Crusader fly mask is one of the best products in the market now. Typically, a horse won’t be able to take it off like the other masks. Your horse can wear it every time he’s out in the pasture (daily, unless the weather is rainy and freezing). It fits well, stays put (double layer of velcro), has structure & doesn’t touch his eyes. The little hole for his forelock is a great feature.
- Style: Standard, No Ears or Nose
- Stellar protection against flies and insects
- Soft coated nylon micro-mesh blocks 70% of damaging UV rays
Kensington Signature Horse Fly Mask with Plush Fleece & Soft Mesh Ears
The Kensingston Signature is great for as it allows ears and forelock to come through top of mask. Overall, it’s quite durable, light weight, gorgeous. And it fits perfectly!
- Full visibility
- Great protection for face and eyes and ears
- Single dart design for better fit on a small face
SuperMask II Horse Fly Mask Shimmer Weave Mesh
The SuperMask II is very sturdy and almost equine proof. Among the fly mask reviewed here, this mask offers great value for the price. Keep a good stock of these.
- Double-latch fastens twice for double security
- Clear see-through mesh with plush, fly-proof trim
Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask with Nose Fringe
The best fly mask on the market, the Shires Fine Mesh product is one of the favorites among long time horse owners.
- Airstream ears fringe at the nose
indreamy Fly Mask with Nose and Ears
What we like in this indreamy fly mask is the mesh material. It’s durable, comfortable, breathable and convex. Also, it can block UV rays and protects your horse from the sun.
- Soft and comfortable elastic fabric
- Best for ordinary, large and strong horses, neck circumference 100-115cm, soft mesh around the ears and eyes