I was searching for a good fly mask for Tofino for a VERY long time. I used a cheap local one from our local tack store for 3 years but he always managed to remove it from his face constantly as you can see below (click to enlarge):
I tried the Equilibrium Field Relief Midi Fly mask but i found it to be either too big or too small for Tofino and was rather short. After reading on the different options online, i settled on the Cashel Fly mask.
I brought the Animal Rescue Fly Mask with Ears which from Adams Horse Supplies for only $20.95 USD/77AED, where 5% of the proceedings go to animal rescue organizations which i found to be an amazing idea. They have other ranges which help other foundations such as the pink one which goes to breast cancer research.
The Cashel Crusader Fly Mask encompasses specific details in design and fit that not only offer the BEST in fly protection and comfort, but also provides a safe alternative to toxic sprays and pesticides. Soft vinyl coated polyester mesh blocks 70% of the sun’s damaging UV rays and protects the sensitive soft tissues of the eyes and face. Choose your protection level – with or without ears.
Unique Features Include:
- Patented, one-of-a-kind forelock hole keeps forelock hair outside the mask and out of your horse’s eye.
- Super soft form-fitting micro mesh cap will not rub and helps the mask to stay cool.
- Unique double dart stitching keeps the mesh away from the eyes and temples.
The fly mask comes in many different sizes ranging from: Foal/Miniature, Weanling/Small Pony, Yearling/Large Pony, Small Quarter Horse/Arab/Cob, Horse, Warmblood or Draft.
I measured Tofino and got the Quarter Horse/Arab/Cob using the Cashel fitting guide as seen below (click to enlarge):
It fits him perfectly which i was so happy about and he never removes his mask anymore. It has a very secure double Velcro system which seems to be fairly strong. These masks are machine washable and I have already washed them once with no damage.
I did however notice loose stitching coming out within the first week of getting the mask. However, i believe it is due to a bad set that i received rather than the actual mask itself as there has been no further damage.
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- Perfect Fit
- UV protection
- Forelock opening
- Double velcro
- Great colour
- % of proceeding goes to charity
- Eye clearance
- Machine washable
- Fleece lining
- My piece has loose stitching in one area
- Gets dirty easily