Taking Care Of Horses: Safety and Importance of Fly Masks
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Taking Care Of Horses: Safety and Importance of Fly Masks

August 21, 2019


Hey everybody, just wanted to do a quick video
on fly masks because it’s fly season and there are flies everywhere, you can get fly masks
for a pretty good price, anywhere between 15 and 40 to 50 bucks depending on the quality
or the type or the fit or the material or just where you buy them and there are just
flies everywhere now and it’s just getting into this warmer season here in B.C. and the
warmer days or a nice sunny day or a clear day, the flies are just everywhere, they’re
all over the horses and one of the things to think about if you have all these flies
on them they like to go to the eyes a lot and get to the mouth and any cuts on their
face or body, the files will just stick like magnets, for cuts and stuff like that, the
only way to get around not having flies on them is to bandage them, cover them up with
something you can use zinc oxide or petroleum jelly even to keep the flies off the wounds
so they can heal up a little bit quicker and the horses won’t rub on them a lot because
it’s quite itchy, like that, now I don’t really want him to rub on me especially during fly
season and one thing to think about safety wise, for safety purposes you wouldn’t want
to let your horse rub on you during fly season or any season really because when a fly gets
to them, get back here, come here, back up, thanks, when a fly gets on them and they’re
sort of scratching or rubbing, there might be one that just sort of really irritates
them and they’ll lift their head up or they’ll shake it and in situations like that you can
easily get hit in the head or the body or any part of your body and it can really hurt
because their heads weigh a lot and they’re very powerful so for safety purposes alone
I would recommend never really letting your horse itch on you, rub on you or scratch on
you just for that, I mean if you feel like you’re safe, you feel like it’s ok, to each
his own, it’s cool but it’s something to think about if you do do that you may not have been
aware if you’re new to horses or just have never experienced it because it does happen,
maybe not a lot but once in a while for sure. So I’m just going to show you, I’ve got two
fly masks here, one of them fits him and one of them doesn’t because they come in different
sizes, this one as you can see is an extra large, this one is size horse, size horse,
he’s pretty normal size so we just call that size horse for this particular brand but the
reason why you want to get one that fits is because horses tend to rub these things off
and they’re not necessarily trying to get them off, they might if they’re uncomfortable
or itchy these nice fuzzy ones here, when you wash them they stay wet for a while you
need to kind of wring them out a bit or put them on a towel but they’re a bit nicer than
something that is a little bit rougher I guess you could say. So we’ve got two different sizes, the green
one is actually Luke’s and the red one is Lena’s because she’s a much bigger horse,
she’s part draft slash oldenburg so they’re big animals, big heads, you might use these
for standardbreds, a large thoroughbred head or a quarter horse that’s been a stallion
for a while perhaps they have bigger heads, anyways, so a bigger one while it will fit,
the horse will more easily rub it off, now generally you don’t put these things on with
their halter on them but it’s sort of a bit puffy and if you look here I can actually
wrap it all the under and it’s not really what you want, so the bottom part of it and
I’ll show you comes together just velcro so this piece of velcro comes up this piece of
velcro comes on so if this overlaps too much then you’re not going to get a proper bond
where this piece comes back over that’s why you wouldn’t use too big of one because if
you do fit it on properly and it fits as it’s supposed to maximum to there so that this
can fold over then you just get a really baggy fit and they’ll very easily just kind of rub
it on a fence post or something like that and it’ll just come right off putting them
on is very very simple, these ones, others can be a little more involved, some of them
a little less involved and very strong when you double, do the double velcro thing, we’ll
just wait for him to be ok, a little bit itchy again there’s lots of flies and mosquitoes
around this time of year and it’s warming up and getting to that time, so just put it
over his ears, carefully, their ears are very sensitive, now there’s a lot of flies, I don’t
know if you can see them in the video but there’s flies hanging around now I wouldn’t
usually do this with the halter on, I’m just doing it for now because I’m going to take
it off so he can play with the boys in the arena here but this fits and I’ll just take
this here to show you, this fits like this so slimming it down to where it’s on his face
properly and fits well up here on his ears and stuff like that, should not make this
part extend to here, or beyond here, so it won’t, so we’ll just get this on reasonably
straight and that goes on like that and you’re done obviously with no halter but I’m just
about to let him go play and stuff and while you can sort of let horses play with fly masks
on and everything, if you have the opportunity to not do it it’d be better, they can see
better, it’s a little bit easier, if they are just loafing around in an area you’d toss
it on, he’s got a fly somewhere in here and last but not least you can take their forelock
out like so, I get it you’re itchy, poor thing, if you can take their forelock out then do
so and it just makes it a little bit more comfy for them so anyways I’m going to take
that off from here, just a couple of quick tips putting fly masks on, things to think
about, why you do it, safety big deal and then, you look ridiculous, they look ridiculous
to be honest but they’re good for them, it’s good for the horse, keeps the flies away,
keeps them from sometimes, actually Luke has a little bit of an injury on his, above his
eye, we’ll take this off, again taking it off be gentle, just come across their ears
nicely, like that, but you can see right here he has a, he hit his head, now it was a little
swollen but he’s fine now but he likely hit his head because he was shaking his head around
so much and he probably hit something, like that, they shake their head around a lot when
there’s flies and there’s flies everywhere as you can see, I don’t know, they’re pretty
quick movers. So something to think about hopefully that
helps and thanks for watching, see you guys next time

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  1. aww he lovely him he was looking at you as if too say look just put my mask on why is it taking you week to put it on lol
    You forgot to talk about fly spray as well homemade or bought You only protecting half the horse just putting his mask on

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