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Fly masks again -- continuous wear options for petite head, WIDE forehead

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  • Fly masks again -- continuous wear options for petite head, WIDE forehead

    I know this topic gets posted over and over again as the insects emerge in the spring, but bear with me.

    I need to buy new fly masks and I just can't bring myself to buy the same cob sized Cashel Crusaders we've been using for years. They fray at the dart (right by the eyeballs) and fit too close to the eyes while still somehow being too loose through the poll and cheek, so that they are easily rubbed partway or all of the way off even when the velcro is overlapped as far as possible.

    My mare has a pretty but difficult-to-fit head. Very triangular, with a wide forehead, but refined cheeks, throatlatch and nose, and a short overall distance from poll to nose. She wears a cob bridle with pony cheekpieces on the highest hole and a warmblood sized browband. Who knew such a cute little baby deer face would be such a pain to fit?! Anyone have any recommendations for masks that will stay on a face like this (and be safe for 24/7 wear, since the buggy hours fall inconveniently at dawn/dusk for the little things and again at midday for flies)?

    Anyone know of masks that work better than Cashel for wide-forehead, prominent-eyed, petite faces?

    Many thanks!
    Evolutionary science by day; keeping a certain red mare from winning a Darwin award the rest of the time!

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    Check out Equivisor masks from Protective Pet Solutions.

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    • #3
      Just bought some great Rambo Fly Masks. There is a arced band that prevents the fly mask itself from touching the eyes. Love them!
      \"If you are going through hell, keep going.\" ~Churchill~

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        #4
        Originally posted by Quinn View Post
        Just bought some great Rambo Fly Masks. There is a arced band that prevents the fly mask itself from touching the eyes. Love them!
        Hey Quinn,

        I've been curious about those and am glad to hear they're working well for you! Do you think they'd be safe to leave on 24/7? I don't know why, but that rigid hoop makes me wonder if a horse could get up to mischief with it overnight...

        Any hints on how big/small they run? I almost wonder if cob would be small enough through the cheek if it's cut as generously as typical Rambo gear...

        Many thanks for the input!
        Evolutionary science by day; keeping a certain red mare from winning a Darwin award the rest of the time!

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        • #5
          I've seen the Rambo masks used 24/7 in a few different turnout situations, and unless the paddock is densely treed, I haven't seen the arch being an issue.

          Noble Outfitters are another option. They have a very wide range of size options, and seem to fit wider across the eye area than other masks, while still looking more traditional than the Rambo bee keeper look.

          The cob Rambo would likely fit. I find that the nose hole is a bit generously cut, though. It's a bit too generous for the welsh/qh cross my friend has (who wears a cob bridle with a pony noseband), but isn't big enough through the cheek/jowl for my morgan/haflinger who takes a warmblood crownpiece/throatlatch on a cob sized bridle.
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            Originally posted by Ceylon Star View Post
            The cob Rambo would likely fit. I find that the nose hole is a bit generously cut, though. It's a bit too generous for the welsh/qh cross my friend has (who wears a cob bridle with a pony noseband), but isn't big enough through the cheek/jowl for my morgan/haflinger who takes a warmblood crownpiece/throatlatch on a cob sized bridle.
            Thanks, CS! That info is very useful! It's that wide Morgan forehead I'm trying to accomodate (though absent the Hafflinger blood yours has, my girl's cheek/jowl area is pretty dainty). My horse fills out a cob cavesson fairly well, so cob might be about right for her.

            She spends her nights in a drylot paddock and stall, so the only thing she could really get it caught in is the hay rack in her stall, and hopefully the bars are close enough that that wouldn't be a big risk. Maybe it was irrational to worry about the rigid structure for continuous wear...

            Since I like to have multiple masks on hand I may try one Rambo and one Noble and see what works best. Thanks for all of the helpful information!
            Evolutionary science by day; keeping a certain red mare from winning a Darwin award the rest of the time!

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              Originally posted by buddysmom View Post
              Check out Equivisor masks from Protective Pet Solutions.
              I'm having trouble with their website, but it looks to me like they only make masks that don't have ears. :-( Too bad! Ear coverage is a must with my horse -- she doesn't have very hairy inner ears and is driven particularly crazy by ear-biters. Thanks for the recommendation, though!
              Evolutionary science by day; keeping a certain red mare from winning a Darwin award the rest of the time!

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              • #8
                I have a Rambo mask that I used for two seasons.

                The arch/frame scares the bejeesus out of me. I kept using the mask because it's one of the few that fit my weird head size Arab/WB cross, although the nose was way too long on her.

                Sometime in the first year, the support between the ears cracked. Since it didn't seem it could bother her in its position, I let her keep wearing the mask. The fabric over the arch/frame across the forehead has worn over time and I don't doubt the possibility of the frame snapping and poking through. Which is why I was happy to retire the mask from daily use after two seasons.

                But it definitely stayed off her eyes better than anything else!
                Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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                • #9
                  I really like the Shires fly masks with the strings attached to the nose and. I do leave it on my gelding 24/7.

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                  • #10
                    The Roma Stretch Bug Eye mask fits close to the face and stays on forever, but has very generous eye coverings. Sounds a lot like it would address your issues. I never have any idea how to post a link here but it's easily found in Dover and other sites. Runs just a tad small.

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                    • #11
                      I'm also using the Rambo plus fly mask on my guy (I call it his bee keeper mask ). I've been using them for about 4 or 5 years now I think? I really like them and how well they stay on. All the other masks seem to come off with my horse when he rolls etc.

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                      • #12
                        I was always curious about the Rambos. I've always been a Cashel buyer, but their sizes always run huge and while I don't think they irritate the eyes, the Rambos just look so modern in design to protect the eyes.

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                        • #13
                          I purchased 3 "Horse" sized and they will fit on the smaller TB mare, Quinny's rather large noggin and Aubrey's normal sized WB head. LOVE these things. I would have no hesitation leaving it on at night. The eyes have ZERO interference now.
                          \"If you are going through hell, keep going.\" ~Churchill~

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                            Another belated update...

                            Rambo Plus "beekeeper" masks are the winner. Pony size (regular/large pony, not small pony) fits my 15.1hh, wide-forehead but petite-headed horse perfectly.
                            Evolutionary science by day; keeping a certain red mare from winning a Darwin award the rest of the time!

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                            • #15
                              Shires by far! They do run large though, so if you can't find a local dealer.. try the cob, but you may need pony. They last... they work.

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                              • #16
                                I also just got the Rambo Plus Flymask for my dude and it seems to be working out really well. It has stayed on so far (about a week or so now) and he seems very comfortable and no rubs. He's a 16.1h TB but I had to order him the cob size because the horse size in this mask is just massive.

                                I'm very pleased with it

                                FWIW the Equivisor rubbed the crap out of him

                                Boyle Heights Kid 1998 16.1h OTTB Dark Bay Gelding
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                                • #17
                                  I bought a uv protection/fly mask from Horseyshades last October, and It's fantastic.

                                  My horse had previously destroyed two Cashel masks and one Ultrashield. But the Horseyshades one is totally unharmed by her antics.

                                  I really highly recommend them:

                                  https://www.horseyshades.com/
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