I've been using a Cashel mask, but I'm not feeling it some much this summer. Keeps bugs off, yes, but it just seems really hot under there
He's only out with one other gelding in a dry lot during the day, so I"m not super concerned with durability. I just need something that wont rub and will be bit more breathable.
I was looking at Rambo's mask...but I'm concerned it wont be bit enough for my horse's huge head...?
The Rambo is probably the most comfortable for horses mask I've found.
They run large. A friend's large horse had to go to a cob size.
If you purchase a Rambo from adams they will allow you to return a mask that doesn't fit as long as it's in pristine condition and returned within 10 days.
The only thing I do not like about the mask is that the shortest piece of Velcro is stitched onto elastic. That eventually gives and tears. Someone handy with a needle or has a repair shop near by could fix it to be sturdier...unfortunately I'm neither handy nor have a repair shop anywhere close.
You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.
Regular ol' SuperMask. I am not a fan of anything with elastic; they come off too easily, especially if you have a playful gelding.
I buy the Cashel long nosed ones if I have a pink nose to protect, but remove the elastic.
I have never really worried about the heat underneath. If you are concerned about heat, you might like the Absorbine ones. They are made of a very light, sheer, strong mesh. I liked them better when they were made with soft ears, but the new ones with "self ears" still seem to work fine without rubbing.
As Peter, Paul, and Mary say, a dragon lives forever.
The best fly mask I've found for my Appy mare (who can remove and trash any other piece of fly protection in record time) is a cheap brand called Horse Sense. They are durable, stay on, and cost around $10. They run big as well (my mare wears the Arabian size), so perhaps the regular horse size will be big enough for your guy, OP.
i'm using the rambo fly mask this season for the first time. i LOVE the fact that the stiffener keeps the material off their eyes with room to spare. it comes with ears and a detachable nose protector. it runs large. i got a cob size for my mare that normally wears a horse size cashel mask.
Cashel fan. Used them on several different horses, from fully stalled to out in large pastures. Never had an issue with heat? I've just found them to fit better than other brands. I've used SuperMasks but the flies seem to be able to crawl underneath the trim up near the hollow by the eye.
I am a Horse Sense mask fan. I bought a bunch of Extra Large on sale many years ago and am still using them up! I go through about one per year. They generally stay on, and the velcro seems to last longer than other masks.
Another vote for the Absorbine Ultrashield masks. I prefer the ones without ears. They are lightweight, and my horses are never sweaty under them. Also, I like that the fabric won't poke an eye out. I've never had one come off, either. They wash well, too.
My wb has the old style convex head, and long eye lashes and protruding eyes. So he has to have a fly mask that stands off of his eyes.
But nothing is good at night so he rubs off his fly mask. I've bought those mesh ones that are better to see thru, but they catch of his lashes. Fly masks obscure the sight, and I don't want my horses to be unable to see during nighttime turnout in the summer.
it definitely runs large but also keep in mind it looks like a bee keeper's hat on them. when i first put the cob sized mask on my mare i thought for sure it was still too large. but that was just an optical illusion because of the general shape of the mask.
i also like the two velcro straps it has - one closer to the chin and the other back under the jowls.