Choosing an Equestrian Face Mask

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A face mask for horses is one of the most essential pieces of tack and equipment that you can invest in. Not only do they protect your horse from pesky flies and other biting insects, but they are also useful for covering cuts or wounds that may be susceptible to infection or disease.

There are a variety of equestrian face masks to choose from, all with different features and benefits. Some offer sun protection, while others have anti-microbial silver that can inhibit bacterial growth and help prevent the spread of disease. There are even some that have ear loops to add extra comfort and fit!

Full Head Fly Masks

The most popular type of equestrian face mask is the full head fly mask. This type of face mask covers your horse’s nose to their ears and is the most durable and protective option. It’s ideal if you live in an area where flies are a problem or if your horse is highly sensitive to the feeling of having their ears confined.

Partial Head Fly Masks

The third and least common type of equestrian face mask is a partial head fly mask. These face masks are not as strong or protective as the full head versions, but they do offer much of the same benefits. They are less expensive and a great option for those who are introducing the idea of a face mask to their horse.

UV-Protective Face Masks

As with humans, light-colored horses are at a higher risk of sunburn and skin cancer when they are exposed to the sun’s rays. Most fly masks for horses are designed to include UV protection, so your horse is protected from the damaging rays of the sun’s rays while riding or working in the field.

It is important to remember that most fly masks do limit your horse’s vision and depth perception, so they are not always the best option for when you ride or work with your horse during daylight hours. If you do decide to use a fly mask, it’s important to remove it at night and in areas where flies are not a concern.