Protect your horse’s eyes and ears from pesky bugs and the sun with a fly mask. Here’s our pick of those on the market for the summer ahead.
HY Armoured Protect Full Mask with ears and nose
Sizes: Small pony, pony, cob, full, X full
Made from lightweight mesh material with bamboo lining this mask offers protection to the face, ears, nose and eyes. This mask features darts that ensure good clearance off the eyes, a luxurious faux fur panel on the browband area and soft fleece edging. The double-sided touch-tape fastenings hold the mask securely in place during turnout, and the mesh panels around the eyes and nose protect from UV rays.
Bucas Buzz Off Deluxe Mask with ears
A lightweight fly mask with ears that offers super protection against insects and sun. It has reinforced darts at the front to help keep the mesh fabric away from your horse’s eyes. A hook and loop strap on the jawbone and magnetic Snap-lock closure on the chin groove ensure that the mask stays securely in place.
LeMieux Bug Relief Lycra Fly Mask
RRP £17.95 (full mask), £14.95 (half mask)
This pull-on design is made from a soft, four-way stretch material to minimise the chance of rubbing, while stopping flies getting under the mask. It’s anatomically shaped for comfort plus there’s a forelock slit. Bug-eye eye darts ensure the mesh sits away from the eyes and the breathable mesh ears give extra protection from flies and midges.
Absorbine Ultrashield Fly Mask
RRP from £31.10
Sizes: Cob, horse, warmblood
Designed to offer protection and comfort, this mask is breathable and durable. It features two-way controlled stretch fabric around the head, extended fabric behind the ears, and a strong double-locking hook and loop closure to ensure the best possible fit. The structured eye darts hold the mask away from the eyes and the mesh blocks 80% of UV rays. This mask is available with or without ears.
Weatherbeeta Comfitec Durable Mesh Mask
This mask covers the face, ears and nose. It’s made from a durable mesh that offers 60%+ UV block and is easy to see through. Double darts give the mask shape and the adjustable double-touch tape straps are quick to fasten. Soft fleece binding and a stretch fleece poll provide a comfortable fit.
Equilibrium Products Field Relief Max
A well-shaped fly mask with darting to hold it away from the eyes, stretch binding for a close fit, padding at the noseband and brow, and ‘horse-shaped’ ears for the best possible fit and comfort. It also has a detachable nosepiece and offers over 70% UV protection to give your horse relief from the flies, midges and sun.