Got Fly Mask?

It has been an unusually cool Spring in my neck of the woods. I have only had the fly masks on the horses a handful of times so far this year. But the hot and humid weather that attracts bugs is likely just around the corner.

If you are searching for a new fly mask this year, check out the Greater British Equinery of Indiana at https://greatbritishequinery.com/. They sell fly masks made by the UK company, Harrison Howard.

What first attracted me to this brand is the sheer material. So many fly masks sport materials, colors or patterns that I suspect block a horse’s vision. These Harrison Howard masks, especially the lighter color ones, are wonderfully sheer while still claiming to block 60 percent of UV rays. Despite the high visibility factor, the material is strong. I have masks that are almost a year old and have no tears yet. The eye darts work to keep the material off the eyes and the padding around the ears and nose-band seems like a comfortable touch.

These fly masks stay on quite well even during a roll! My horses have only ditched their masks maybe once or twice in a year’s time. Here Shiloh sports a fly mask entering its second season of wear and still in great condition.

I also really like that the masks come in different sizes and in various configurations (with ears and without, short and long). My horse, Bear, is well-fitted in the Cob size, while Shiloh takes the Large horse size. I have often gotten the sense that Bear does not like his ears covered so I generally have him wear the mask without ears (and wipe or roll-on fly spray on the ears). Shiloh seems fine with his ears covered so he gets the full one.

The masks come in a vacuumed-type bag so the mask is stored flat in the package. I suggest letting the mask “fluff up” overnight by taking it out of the bag. Hang it up with the eye darts pushed out so that the mask will be in the proper form before you place it on the horse the next day. If you are having trouble getting the eye darts to stand up, you can try applying clothes pins to help set the form while the mask hangs overnight.

The masks are easy to clean either by hand or in the washer (in a mesh bag so it doesn’t get caught on the agitator).

Last year, I met Debbie of the Greater British Equinery of Indiana at a horse show. She was so friendly, and I really enjoyed talking with her. Her website is attractive and easy to use. My orders shipped out promptly.

Check out these fly masks and many more horse items sold through the Greater British Equinery of Indiana at https://greatbritishequinery.com/!

9 thoughts on “Got Fly Mask?

    1. Hi, there! The hay bag featured in my post photo is a Nibblenet from http://www.thinaircanvas.com. Nibblenets are pricey for my budget, but I have to say that they last a long time (I have some that are going on 10 years or so of constant use). I was actually thinking about doing a blog post about them . . .

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      1. I think that’s a great idea! I would definitely love to read your thoughts on it before purchasing😊

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  1. These look so nice. I think it would be expensive for me to get them to Canada as importing things there are usually brokerage fees and duties etc etc.But I will look at their site anyway.

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    1. Ah, yes. That is the rub. It IS expensive to get stuff sent internationally. Fly masks are pretty light-weight, perhaps that would make the international shipping more affordable? The last set of items I remember purchasing internationally were actually from Canada through the company Purely Ponies in BC. I purchased hay nets (as opposed to hay bags) from them because they came so highly recommended (and they do make a great product!). The hay nets were a lighter shipping weight too.

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