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LeMieux Loire Satin Fly Hood LeMieux Loire Satin Fly Hood
£29.95
£26.95
LeMieux Loire Satin Fly Hood Supporting the signature LeMieux Loire embossed metal motif these luxurious fly hoods are a stylish addition to the collection. Beautifully made from three-way hand knitted crochet with a luxurious satin fabric front piece and soft stretch Lycra ears. Info & Care Machine washable at a low temperature (preferably 30 degrees). A washing tablet/capsule can be used. Air dr…
Rambo Flymask Plus with Vamoose Silver and Electric Blue Rambo Flymask Plus with Vamoose Silver and Electric Blue
£37.95
Rambo Flymask Plus with Vamoose Silver and Electric Blue The ultimate protection against flies and the damaging effects of sunlight. Fabric Extremely durable textilene body, soft polyester ear material, comfortable fleece edging for the ultimate protection against flies and the damaging effects of sunlight. Features Improved design for optimum eye protection, detachable nose protection, large fitt…
Rambo Flymask Plus with Vamoose Oatmeal and Burgundy Rambo Flymask Plus with Vamoose Oatmeal and Burgundy
£37.95
Rambo Flymask Plus with Vamoose Oatmeal and Burgundy The ultimate protection against flies and the damaging effects of sunlight. Fabric Extremely durable textilene body, soft polyester ear material, comfortable fleece edging for the ultimate protection against flies and the damaging effects of sunlight. Features Improved design for optimum eye protection, detachable nose protection, large fitting…
Rambo Flymask Plus with Vamoose Silver and Navy Rambo Flymask Plus with Vamoose Silver and Navy
£41.95
£37.95
Rambo Flymask Plus with Vamoose Silver and Navy The ultimate protection against flies and the damaging effects of sunlight. Fabric Extremely durable textilene body, soft polyester ear material, comfortable fleece edging for the ultimate protection against flies and the damaging effects of sunlight. Features Improved design for optimum eye protection, detachable nose protection, large fitting soft…
Shires Fine Mesh Earless Fly Mask Black/Teal Shires Fine Mesh Earless Fly Mask Black/Teal
£14.99
£13.49
Shires Fine Mesh Earless Fly Mask Black/Teal A fine mesh fly mask that keeps out midges and small flies but keeps the ears and poll free, making it particularly good for horses that dislike their ears being touched or for traditional show ponies with a lot of mane. Fleece padding along the seams ensures a snug fit and lifts the mask away from the eyes. Secures with adjustable touch close safety st…
Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ear Hole Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ear Hole
£15.99
£13.95
Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ear Hole Black Ideal for horses that like their ears free, this fine mesh fly mask keeps out midges and small insects effectively. The close fitting mask features soft, comfortable fleece padding along the seams to avoid gaps and keep the mask away from the eyes. Flexible and strong, fully breathable with adjustable safety fastenings.
Shires ZEB-TEK Fly Mask Shires ZEB-TEK Fly Mask new
£25.95
£22.95
Shires ZEB-TEK Fly Mask Inspired by nature and informed by science. This fly mask uses zebra stripes to deter bothersome flies and biting insects. Scientific research shows that stripes effectively prevent flies from landing on the horse. Airstream fabric ears and nose extension provide full face protection against small flies and midges. The ergonomic shaping and fleece padding along the seams ke…
Amigo Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ears Silver & Purple Amigo Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ears Silver & Purple
£13.95
£12.95
Amigo Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ears Silver & Purple Fabric Fine mesh outer with soft fleece binding. Features Lightweight, stretchy mask to protect the face from flies with a contoured fit & large soft ears.
Amigo Flymask Oatmeal Amigo Flymask Oatmeal
£17.95
£15.95
Amigo Flymask Oatmeal Our best selling fly mask, soft ear protection. Fabric Durable textilene body, comfortable fleece edging, soft ear protection. Features Contoured to fit your horse’s head snugly, reduces irritation from flies, and reflects sunlight. Available in a series of colors to compliment the rug range. Large fitting soft ears protect from flies.
Amigo Flymask Silver and Blue Amigo Flymask Silver and Blue
£17.95
£15.95
Amigo Flymask Silver and Blue Our best selling fly mask, soft ear protection. Fabric Durable textilene body, comfortable fleece edging, soft ear protection. Features Contoured to fit your horse’s head snugly, reduces irritation from flies, and reflects sunlight. Available in a series of colors to compliment the rug range. Large fitting soft ears protect from flies.
Bridleway Fly Mask Full Face with Nose White & Blue Bridleway Fly Mask Full Face with Nose White & Blue
£17.99
£17.50
Bridleway Fly Mask, Full Face with Nose White and Blue Keep unwanted irritants such as flying insects, dust and dirt away from your horses' delicate eye, sensitive ear and nose areas with this effective fly mask. Offering full visibility, special darts ensure the mask stands clear of the eyes. Advanced climate control fabrics encourage airflow through to the face, fleece trims offer exceptional cl…
Bridleway Fly Mask With Ears White & Blue Bridleway Fly Mask With Ears White & Blue
£15.95
Bridleway Fly Mask With Ears White & Blue Keep unwanted irritants such as flying insects, dust and dirt away from your horses' delicate eye and sensitive ear areas with this effective fly mask. Offering full visibility, special darts ensure the mask stands clear of the eyes. Advanced climate control fabrics encourage airflow through to the face, fleece trims offer exceptional close fitting comfort…
Bucas Buzz-Off Zebra Fly Mask Bucas Buzz-Off Zebra Fly Mask
£15.00
£14.99
Bucas Buzz-Off Zebra Fly Mask The Buzz-Off Zebra fly mask can be used with the Buzz-Off Zebra rug or on its own and provides excellent protection and is held securely with an adjustable elasticated strap.
Bucas Buzz-Off Zebra Full Face Fly Mask Bucas Buzz-Off Zebra Full Face Fly Mask
£19.90
£17.95
Bucas Buzz-Off Zebra Full Face Fly Mask The Buzz-Off Zebra fly mask can be used with the Buzz-Off Zebra rug or on its own and provides excellent protection and is held securely with an adjustable elasticated strap.
Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Mask MAX Black with Orange Trim Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Mask MAX Black with Orange Trim new
£34.95
£32.75
Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Mask MAX Black with Orange Trim A full face horse fly mask that combines the best of protection against sun and insects with carefully designed features to provide exceptional comfort for the horse. Protects from sunburn by blocking up over 70% of harmful UV rays1 Year Guarantee Soft padding at brow and noseband to prevent rubbing Several darts ensure that the horse fl…
Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Mask MAX Black with Red Trim Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Mask MAX Black with Red Trim sale
£34.95
£29.99
Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Mask Max Black with Red Trim A full face horse fly mask that combines the best of protection against sun and insects with carefully designed features to provide exceptional comfort for the horse. Protects from sunburn by blocking up over 70% of harmful UV rays1 Year Guarantee Soft padding at brow and noseband to prevent rubbing Several darts ensure that the horse fly m…
Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Mask MAX Grey and Yellow Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Mask MAX Grey and Yellow
£34.50
£32.75
Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Mask Max A full face horse fly mask that combines the best of protection against sun and insects with carefully designed features to provide exceptional comfort for the horse. Protects from sunburn by blocking up over 70% of harmful UV rays1 Year Guarantee Soft padding at brow and noseband to prevent rubbing Several darts ensure that the horse fly mask sits well clear…
Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Mask MAX Grey with Blue Trim Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Mask MAX Grey with Blue Trim sale
£34.95
£28.99
Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Mask Max Grey with Blue Trim A full face horse fly mask that combines the best of protection against sun and insects with carefully designed features to provide exceptional comfort for the horse. Protects from sunburn by blocking up over 70% of harmful UV rays1 Year Guarantee Soft padding at brow and noseband to prevent rubbing Several darts ensure that the horse fly m…
Equilibrium Field Relief Max Donkey Fly Mask Equilibrium Field Relief Max Donkey Fly Mask
£34.50
£34.00
Equilibrium Field Relief Max Donkey Fly Mask A full face donkey fly mask that combines the best of protection against sun and insects with carefully designed features to provide exceptional comfort. Protects from sunburn by blocking out over 70% of harmful UV rays1 Year Guarantee Soft padding at brow and noseband to prevent rubbing Variety of sizes to suit all shapes and sizes Several darts ensure…
Equilibrium Field Relief Midi Fly Mask With Ears Black Equilibrium Field Relief Midi Fly Mask With Ears Black
£28.50
£26.30
Equilibrium Field Relief Midi Fly Mask With Ears Black The Field Relief Midi fly mask with ears is a long-lasting and comfortable fly mask that offers excellent protection from flies and sun rays. Screens out over 70% of harmful UV rays.1 Year Guarantee Provides excellent clearance for eyes and eyelashes. Soft padding at the brow and noseband prevents rubbing. Adjustable fastenings under the cheek…
Equilibrium Field Relief Midi Fly Mask With Ears Grey with Yellow Trim Equilibrium Field Relief Midi Fly Mask With Ears Grey with Yellow Trim
£28.50
£26.30
Equilibrium Field Relief Midi Fly Mask With Ears Grey with Yellow Trim The Field Relief Midi fly mask with ears is a long-lasting and comfortable fly mask that offers excellent protection from flies and sun rays. Screens out over 70% of harmful UV rays.1 Year Guarantee Provides excellent clearance for eyes and eyelashes. Soft padding at the brow and noseband prevents rubbing. Adjustable fastenings…
Equilibrium Field Relief Muzzle Protector Grey with Red Trim Equilibrium Field Relief Muzzle Protector Grey with Red Trim sale
£14.50
£11.99
Equilibrium Field Relief Muzzle Protector Grey with Red Trim The Muzzle Protector is a simple visor type mask, which fits over the muzzle to help protect against sunburn for lighter coloured horses. Helps to protect from sunburn by blocking over 70% of sun rays1 Year Guarantee Easy to fit to any field safe headcollar Soft padding at noseband to prevent rubbing
Equilibrium Midi Field Relief Fly Mask Without Ears Black with Blue Trim Equilibrium Midi Field Relief Fly Mask Without Ears Black with Blue Trim sale
£26.50
£21.99
Equilibrium Midi Field Relief Fly Mask Without Ears Black with Blue Trim A long-lasting and comfortable fly mask that forms an effective barrier from flies and sun rays. Fits very comfortably over the horse’s head.1 Year Guarantee Screens out over 70% of harmful UV rays Provides excellent clearance for eyes and eyelashes. Soft padding at the brow and noseband prevents rubbing. Adjustable fastening…
Equilibrium Midi Field Relief Fly Mask Without Ears Black with Orange Trim Equilibrium Midi Field Relief Fly Mask Without Ears Black with Orange Trim new
£26.50
£24.50

Horse Fly Masks & and fly Veils

Horses are pestered and bitten by a variety of flies and airborne insects. This can make life extremely unpleasant but more worryingly can lead to serious health problems. Even non biting insects are an issue so it can really help to use fly masks to protect your horses' faces. House flies and bot flies may not bite but they do feed on the secretions from the eyes, nose and mouth. They are carriers of several nasty diseases and conditions including equine infectious anaemia, anthrax, conjunctivitis and eyeworms.

Fly Masks at the Ready

Horses are prone to being attacked by several species of airborne insects. Flies are rather annoying, but the bites are extremely unpleasant for the horses and can cause a variety of health issues, many of which could be potentially very serious. It is, therefore, important to take whatever measures you can to protect your boy or girl such as using horse fly masks, sheets and fly repellent.

The Flies

There are approximately 120,000 species of flies that have been described worldwide. This includes the Tabanidae family more commonly known as horse-flies and deer flies which will bite both horses and humans. The bites are extremely painful. Female horse-flies require a high protein meal of blood before they can reproduce. They have long mandibles which rip open the skin and can do so even through clothing. The painful nature of the bites is useful to the flies as it makes the poor victim more likely to focus on their wound rather than attempting to retaliate.

A bite from a member of the Tabanidae family is certainly an unpleasant experience and could also lead to health problems or diseases. These include equine infectious anaemia, encephalomyelitis, parasitic filarial worm infestation and sores. Multiple bites can also result in considerable blood loss which can ultimately weaken horses.

Gnats and black flies also attack horses. Gnat bites are irritating and can result in the formation of scabs. Multiple bites can lead to respiratory and cardiac depression. Black flies are quite rare in Britain but they do exist. They feed on the blood from inside the ears of horses and from the soft areas of their thighs.

Even non-biting insects like house flies and bot flies can prove problematic as they feed on secretions from the eyes, nose and mouth. These insects are the carriers of several conditions including anthrax, eye worms, conjunctivitis and equine infectious anaemia.

Sweet Itch

Horses may develop an acute allergic reaction to insect saliva. This leads to a skin condition known as sweet itch. The immune system of the horse attacks the saliva, although this would usually contain only harmless proteins. The immune system effectively overreacts and begins to attack the horse’s own skin cells leading to itching, flaky skin, hair loss and sores.

Preventing Flies

Flies are certainly a major problem for horses and so it makes sense to protect your animals from being attacked. Your first priority should be to reduce the number of flies around the stable and pasture.

Muck out as often as possible and keep stored waste protected from the rain and as far from the horses as possible. Flies are attracted to dung, particularly moist dung, and like to lay their eggs in it. Standing water is also a magnet for flies so it is best to avoid turning out horses into areas with or close to stagnant water and puddles.

Horse Fly Masks & Protection

No matter how careful you are, the presence of some flies is inevitable, especially in the summer months. You can further protect your horse by purchasing a fly sheet and fly mask or fly veil. Some fly sheets incorporate a fly mask. Fly sheets and horse fly masks will save your horse from many unpleasant bites and are modest investments which could save you from expensive vets’ bills at a later date.

Fly masks help to keep the worst of the flies away from your horses' face, especially the eyes and ears. Many fly masks also protect against harmful UV rays and some have also been treated with an insect repellent. This helps to keep your boy or girl happier as they less irritated by the pesky insects, which is much better for you too! Take a look at our selection of fly masks online.

It is always worth checking over your old horse fly masks in advance of the warmer weather, to make sure that there are no large holes or splits. Then you will have time to buy a new one before the flies come out. A top tip is to have more than more than one fly mask at the ready, as some horses have a habit of losing them in the field or hanging them up in bushes or trees.

You can also consider using fly repellents. A wide variety of chemical and natural repellents are available in the form of sprays, gels, wipes and body washes. These are formulated to be safe for your horse but take care not to over-apply products which contain . This chemical can cause skin irritation, especially when applied to damaged areas of skin.

Preventing flies from bothering your horse

Obviously prevention is better than cure and so fly protection is an important aspect of equine care. Good husbandry will reduce the incidence of flies but your horse will also benefit from a fly sheet (rug) and a fly mask. The mesh mask protects your horse’s head, ears and eyes from irritation, bites and infestation. They represent a small investment that can help to ward off big trouble.

The best Horse Fly Masks at Equi Supermarket

We have assembled an excellent collection of fly masks from the world’s leading equestrian ranges. These include Amigo, Schockemohle, Horseware Ireland, Shires and Weatherbeeta. Fashioned from lightweight mesh and technical fabrics, fly masks do not inconvenience your horse. They are comfortable to wear and could save your animal from the serious discomfort caused by insect attacks.

Horse fly masks and veils are inexpensive accessories which could make all the difference to your horse. We offer a variety of fly masks at the best possible prices here at Equi Supermarket. We are sure that you will find the perfect style for your horse in our extensive range.

If you'd like to learn more, then here is a great article looking at the do's and don't of horse fly masks

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