A fly mask is a piece of gear used on horses heads to cover the eyes, jaw, and sometimes the ears and muzzle to protect them from flies and other biting insects. Fly masks can also provide UV protection to the face and eyes of a horse and there are even fly masks that are treated with insect-repellents.
Can horses see through fly masks at night?
Note, whilst fly masks allow for clear visibility during the day, they may impair your horse’s night vision. For horses out 24/7, we recommend making sure you check your horse regularly and allow him time without the mask to prevent the risk of rubbing.
Do horses need a fly mask?
“Your horse needs to have a fly mask that provides a soft and comfortable fit, good vision and no sharp edges,” she says. Bonus features are also something to look for. An inexpensive mask might cover the basics, but if you’re able to pay a bit more, you’ll get a mask that boasts a few “extras”.
Why should you not look a horse in the eye?
Never look a horse in the eye
You’re only a predator if you intend to eat what you’re looking at. Horses can easily tell the difference between a predator looking to eat and predator looking in curiosity and wonder. Horses do, however, struggle to understand the intention of a human who hides his eyes.
Can you wash horse fly masks?
Wash it! Wash it every day, if necessary. Unless your horse’s fly mask is clean, it will shed flecks of dirt into his eyes or irritate his skin through contact with sweat- and mud-caked fleece edging.
How do you keep a fly mask on a horse?
Do make sure the mask fits your horse’s head properly, so it can be adjusted to lie smoothly against his face. The mask’s lower edge should fall at least an inch below the bottom of your horse’s cheekbone; otherwise, a gap created by the cheekbone will allow easy entry to flies under your horse’s jaw.