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Le Mieux Armour Shield Fly Protector Half Mask (Ears Only) Le Mieux Armour Shield Fly Protector Half Mask (Ears Only)
£22.50
£16.50
Le Mieux Armour Shield Fly Protector Half Mask (Ears Only) Comfort is top priority with soft breathable Bamboo lining strips across the brow & nose. This helps to prevent rubbing & ensures clearance across eyes The elasticated head piece & throat strap allows for close firm fit Breathable mesh ears Lightweight mesh offers essential protection from flies and the suns rays Strong eye darts ensure go…
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 & Nose Teal Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ear Hole & Nose Teal new
£17.99
£14.95
Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ear Hole & Nose Teal Ideal for horses that like their ears free but are particularly bothered by small flies and midges, this fine mesh mask keeps the whole face covered. Comfortable fleece padding along the seams achieves a close fit for comfort and to avoid gaps. Elasticated at the poll for improved fit. Flexible and strong, fully breathable and adjustable safety f…
Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ears Black Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ears Black
£15.99
£14.95
Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ears Black A fine mesh fly veil featuring air stream fabric ears to offer excellent protection against small flies and midges. The ergonomic shaping and fleece padding along the seams keeps the fly mask away from the eyes and ensures a close fit. Adjustable touch close safety straps.
Shires Deluxe Fly Mask With Ears Royal Blue Shires Deluxe Fly Mask With Ears Royal Blue
£19.99
£16.00
Shires Deluxe Fly Mask With Ears Blue Ideal for sensitive horses, the fine mesh fly mask is lifted away from the face by a combination of reinforced darts and fleecy padding at the seams for enhanced comfort. Airstream fabric protects ears, elastic over the poll improves the fit. Adjustable touch close safety straps allow for a snug fit.
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…
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…
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 Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ears White Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ears White
£15.99
£14.95
Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ears White A fine mesh fly veil featuring air stream fabric ears to offer excellent protection against small flies and midges. The ergonomic shaping and fleece padding along the seams keeps the fly mask away from the eyes and ensures a close fit. Adjustable touch close safety straps.
Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Nose Fringe White Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Nose Fringe White
£17.99
£15.95
Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Nose Fringe White If your horse is particularly bothered by flies, this may be the mask to try. The fine mesh shaped veil, air stream fabric ears and fleece trims keep even the smallest flies and midges at bay. The addition of a fly fringe that moves with the horse helps deter flies from the muzzle area. Specially designed from breathable fabrics for all day comfort…
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.
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…
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 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 Net Relief Muzzle Net for Micklem (TM) Bridle Cob/Horse Equilibrium Net Relief Muzzle Net for Micklem (TM) Bridle Cob/Horse
£34.95
£31.95
Equilibrium Net Relief Muzzle Net for Micklem (TM) Bridle Cob/Horse Horse Nose Net for Micklem® Bridles to Help Relieve the Symptoms of Headshaking The Net Relief Muzzle Net is one of the most effective products in controlling the symptoms of headshaking. This simple horse nose net for Micklem® Bridles are unlike traditional horse nose nets that cover the whole muzzle; its contoured, shaped design…
Legacy Rip-Stop Fly Mask with Ears Legacy Rip-Stop Fly Mask with Ears
£13.50
Legacy Rip-Stop Fly Mask with Ears Designed and manufactured using high quality materials with the comfort of the horse in mind. Features include: Available as standard, with ear covers or with nose & ear covers for complete fly protection Easy to clean, durable Rip-Stop material Double elasticated, adjustable touch and close chin strap Eye darts and soft trim for comfort and close fit fly protect…
Legacy Rip-Stop Fly Mask with Ears and Nose Legacy Rip-Stop Fly Mask with Ears and Nose
£14.50
Legacy Rip-Stop Fly Mask with Ears and Nose Designed and manufactured using high quality materials with the comfort of the horse in mind. Features include: Available as standard, with ear covers or with nose & ear covers for complete fly protection Easy to clean, durable Rip-Stop material Double elasticated, adjustable touch and close chin strap Eye darts and soft trim for comfort and close fit fl…
Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ear Hole & Nose Black Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ear Hole & Nose Black
£16.99
£14.95
Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ear Hole & Nose Black Ideal for horses that like their ears free but are particularly bothered by small flies and midges, this fine mesh mask keeps the whole face covered. Comfortable fleece padding along the seams achieves a close fit for comfort and to avoid gaps. Flexible and strong, fully breathable and adjustable safety fastenings.
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.

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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