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Help! Horse won't keep fly mask on.

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  • Wy2013 Original Poster Wy2013
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    Hi, my paint gelding with a white/pink skinned nose will not keep his mask on. His nose is so sunburned already that it cracks and bleeds. I apply 50 water/sweatproof sunblock on 1-2x daily, but he needs to keep the mask on. He is wearing a Cashel w/nose-ears, which despite the tightness/looseness of the strap, he rubs off. Any ideas? Staple to his head? I’m kidding of course. Please advise,,,, thank you.

    panache
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    you could maybe try to keep him out of the sun during the day and turn him out at night, if that’s an option at your barn

    Life is not about waiting for the clouds to pass, its about learning to ride in the rain

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    he might not like the ears.
    have you tried to find a mask with just the nose part?
    I was told an idea from a vet friend of mine for my pink nosed boy too. She said if you have some old jeans, cut a strip and sew it onto your mask. This way it provides the nose protection, but it’s cheaper.
    my pinkie loves his mask, so I have no ideas how to help you keep yours on.

    OH!!! I saw this mask that attaches to a halter, maybe try that? or figure out a way to attach the mask to his halter if he wears one?
    Also you might want to try SPF 70 sport(water resistant) or desitin.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    I have the same issue – mine gets it off without even undoing it, and then stomps it into the manure. We aren’t allowed to turn out with halters, so that option isn’t available for us. If you find a solution, please post it.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Wy2013 Original Poster Wy2013
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    Yes, turn-out with halters is unsafe… I don’t do it either. If anyone offers anything which I haven’t tried yet and seems to be safe, I’ll share.

    Wy2013 Original Poster Wy2013
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    I have tried masks with ears and without. I know when the screen over the nose plugs up with nose-snot and mud, it bothers him. So we wash the masks every day, make sure everything is fitted well,,, and I’ve even tried trimming the mask around the nostrils to help with opening up to fresh air and not plugged notty/muddy screen.

    There probably isn’t a magic trick, but I appreciate the input.

    Thank you.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Yellow-bellied flycatchers? I was thinking of getting a giant screened tent to cover all 50 acres, but cannot figure out how to keep it from blowing away. Seems like a problem with no solution, doesn’t it?

    It is never the horse's fault

    melissa_spencer
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    I’ve never tried the fly mask with the nose as I’ve been told that they bunch up and bother most horses. My guy has a bald face and gets bothered by any type of bug by his face so we have the Cashel Crusader fly mask with ears. The beginning of this summer we were using 70 SPF sunblock but have since found Banana Boat for Kids 100 SPF sunblock. My guy is strictly pasture boarded. I’ve included an image of his nose (taken yesterday) and with the sunblock slathered on. I put the sunblock all over his nose up to where the fly mask ends. We put the sunblock on him usually 3 times a week.

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    Lydia Lydia
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    My horse has a weird skin condition on his nose and I have to use sunscreen with metal in it. Either Zinc or Aluminum work but Zinc works the best. The Neutrogena baby is 60+ SPF and has Zinc in it.

    abby_white
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    If you use a breakaway halter,over mask with ears and nose- take a piece of mane at the top of poll and braid it into the forlock- use rubberband and tape over band-a clever way to keep masks and grazing muzzles on!

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    Melissa, where did you find this 100 spf? I’m using a 70 sport for my pink boy.
    Reading some of these responses about the nose masks, I think I’ll stay away from them…

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    melissa_spencer
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    NinaJD – I found the Banana Boat® Kids MAX Protect & Play Lotion Sunscreen SPF 100 at Wal-Mart.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    I have a question which sort of connects with this – my horse does not want any slimy stuff (vaseline, conditioner, liniment, etc.) anywhere near him. No idea why, as he is a rescue. I even wore liniment as perfume for a week to desensitize him, which did help, but I don’t want to slather myself with MTG or vaseline. Any helpful hints from anyone?

    It is never the horse's fault

    joan_ray
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    My horses both are okay with the Cashel masks with ears and nose coverage, and usually don’t rub them off. If I had a problem with it though I’d use a breakaway halter over the mask and that way they wouldn’t be able to get them off. There are some good breakaway halters out there that I don’t hesitate to leave on my horses when I need to.

    For those who board where they can’t leave halters on, I’d try to make a good argument why the horse should have a breakaway halter on for the few months that they need sun protection. Sunburn is a very real risk, whereas entanglement is a negligible risk with a good breakaway halter.

    lynn_rossvanvoris
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    Zinc oxide always worked best for my horse.

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