It can be a constant battle keeping your horse as fly-free as possible over the summer months. His face is an area that needs a little more care and attention - eyes are a particular hot spot for flies to congregate and cause distress to your horse, or worse lead to runny, sore eyes.
Using a fly mask can really help to alleviate this problem and ensure your horse is comfortable while he's out in the field.
Not sure which one to buy for your horse? Here's five to chose from.
Showmaster riding fly mask
Designed to attached neatly to your horse's bridle and used for riding, this mask is made from a light, air-permeable net material around the ears. Your horse's eyes are protected from annoying flies by a close-meshed black net.
It's attached to the top of the head piece and at the sides of the noseband with elasticated velcro fasteners.
The edge of the nose strap has an elastic insert to hold it neatly across your horse's face.
This mask is available in full size in black.
Buy at www.kramer.co.uk
Field Relief fly mask
A full face mask that combines the best of protection against sun and insects with clever design features to offer exceptional comfort for your horse.
Darts on the mask means it sits well clear of your horse's eyes and eyelashes. The nose piece is detachable too.
This mask also protects from sunburn by blocking over 70% of harmful UV rays
For additional comfort, there's soft padding at the brow and noseband to prevent rubbing. Plus, soft stretch binding to stop flies and other insects getting underneath the mask.
Available in black/red trim or grey/blue trim in sizes XS to XL.
RRP £27.60 - £34.50*
For stockists www.equilibriumproducts.com
Rambo Plus fly mask Vamoose
The unique design of this fly mask holds it well away from your horse's eyes.
It has a durable textilene body, soft polyester ear material, comfortable fleece edging with Vamoose technology for the ultimate protection against flies and the damaging effects of sunlight. U
The nose piece is detachable and the ear area is generously sized and made form soft material.
It's available in three different colours - silver/purple, oatmeal/black and silver/navy in sizes small pony to horse.
For stockists www.horseware.com
Shires Equestrian zebra print fly mask
This zebra fly mask is designed to be an effective deterrent to flies and biting insects.
The fine mesh fly veil features air stream fabric ears and a nose extension for protection against small flies and midges.
The shaping and additional fleece padding helps to hold the mask away from your horse's eyes.
It's available in sizes Small pony to extra full.
For stockists www.shiresequestrian.com
Weatherbeeta fly mask with nose
A classic designed fly mask made from a durable material that offers the benefit of uv protection too.
The nose piece protects this delicate area and is shaped to fit around your horse's nostrils to avoid irritation.
It has soft lycra inserts at the poll and ears, and fleece binding for comfort.
Pick between black or white. It's available in sizes pony to Warmblood.
For stockists www.weatherbeeta.co.uk
*prices correct at time of publishing
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