The best fly masks are an essential tool in the fight against irritating flying insects. When combined with fly rugs, fly sprays or deterrent gels, they can really reduce the chance of your horse being irritated or bitten. Not only do fly masks keep the flies off your horse’s eyes, preventing irritation, but they can also help to block UV rays and, when combined with a good sun cream for horses, can go a long way to protecting your horse from sunburn.
Fly masks come in a range of designs with various different coverage combinations to suit different horses and cater for different needs. Some fly masks will have ear and nose covers as standard, while others will have either nose or ears, and some have neither and just cover the eye area. Some masks have detachable noses, and others sell nose attachments separately.
Whatever design works best for your horse, it’s important the mask fits well – to keep the insects out and ensure a comfortable fit – and is secure, especially if your horse is known to be escape artist. Materials and designs that prevent rubbing and keep the mesh away from the eyes are best as your horse’s head is sensitive.
Best fly masks
Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask With Ears
Colours: Black or teal | Sizes: Extra-small pony, small pony, pony, cob, full or extra-full | UV protection: 70% | RRP: £18.99 |
This fine mesh fly mask offers protection against the smallest of flies and midges with a 3D contour frame over eyes. It has anti-rub binding and quick-fit secure straps. Also available with a nose.
Horseware Rambo Plus fly mask
Colours: Silver/navy, oatmeal/cherry, peach/blue, oatmeal/sage, beige/green or lavender | Sizes: Small pony, pony, cob or horse | UV protection: 65% | RRP: £43.95 |
Horseware describe this as their “most effective and long-lasting” fly mask. It has an extremely durable body, with soft ears and comfortable fleece edging. The latest design includes an insert for optimum eye protection, detachable nose protection, large-fitting soft ears and adjustable, elasticated closure.
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Absorbine UltraShield Fly Mask
Colours: Black/turquoise or navy/turquoise | Sizes: Cob, horse or warmblood | UV protection: 80% | RRP: From £28.88 |
This fly mask is designed to stay put with two-way controlled stretch fabric around the head, extended fabric behind the ears, and a strong double-locking wide Velcro closure. The mesh has structured eye darts and blocks 80% UV rays, while the rolled inner seams prevent rubs and irritation. The main material is moisture wicking, breathable and resistant to stains. This mask is available with various ear and nose combinations.
Equilibrium Field Relief Midi With Ears
Colours: Black or grey | Sizes: S–XL (XXS and XS available without ears) | UV protection: 70+% | RRP: £28.50 |
This mask is designed to maximise comfort while providing effective fly and sun protection. It’s made with two types of mesh – the more rigid mesh over the face gives it structure, while the softer, stretchy mesh that goes around the face allows for a close fit to stop insects getting inside. With more than 70% UV protection, the mesh also provides a barrier against the sun’s rays. The mask is adjustable under the cheeks and at the poll, padded at the nose and brow and has shaped ears for comfort. Also available without ears, and attachable nose cover is available separately.
WeatherBeeta Deluxe Stretch Bug Eye Saver With Ears
Colours: Bee print, grey, red, royal blue, turquoise, green, navy, black or purple | Sizes: Mini, small pony, pony, cob, full or warmblood | UV protection: 98+% | RRP: From £19.99 |
This zip-up design protects eyes and ears from flies, insects and UV rays. It has a raised mesh screen over each eye for unobstructed vision, forelock hole for added comfort and mesh ears for extra protection. The stretch fabric offers a secure fit to prevent insects from entering the mask.
Hy Equestrian Mesh Half Mask With Ears And Fringe
Colours: Black/green or black/red | Sizes: Small pony, pony, cob, full or extra-full | RRP: £29.99 |
This mask features a fly fringe on the nose that will move as horse does to deter flies from the muzzle. It has a fleece-lined brow area to prevent rubbing, eye darts to ensure clearance from the face and eyes, breathable mesh ears and easy-to-fasten touch-tape fastenings.
WoofWear UV fly mask with ears
Colours: Black/turquoise | Sizes: XXS–XL | UV protection: 60% | RRP: £25.99 |
Made from soft and stretchy 3D fabric to eliminate rubbing and combined with fine UV mesh for good visibility, this mask offers an overall average of up to 60% UV protection. It also has a ‘friendly forelock’ feature that allows the mask to be worn with the forelock in or out. This mask is also available without ears and an attachable nose protector is sold separately.
Mark Todd Padded Full Face Fly Mask
Colours: Black | Sizes: Pony, cob or full | RRP: £17.99 |
Providing full face and ear coverage, this fly mask features soft fleece binding and generous padding across all pressure points to ensure comfort.
Ruggles Pull-on Lycra Fly Mask
Colours: Aqua, bright pink, burgundy, navy, pale grey | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £12.90 |
Made from a soft four-way stretch Lycra, this mask has a close and comfortable fit. It’s pull-on in design, which eliminates the risk of straps coming undone and reduces the risk of rubbing. It has soft mesh ears and soft mesh over the eyes, and the slim design means it can be worn under a bridle. Also available in Shetland, miniature, donkey and heavy horse variations.
Swish Fly Mask
Colours: Grey, navy, mulberry, green or orange | Sizes: S–L | UV protection: Yes | RRP: From £17.99 |
This mask is described as tough, comfortable and breathable. It’s made of a knitted polyester with soft nylon protection around ears. The mask is also UV reflective, has anti-rub bindings and is machine washable. Available with or without a nose.
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Rhinegold Fly Mask
Colours: Black | Sizes: Pony, cob, full or extra-full | RRP: £14.95 |
This mask has a firm structure and double darts to ensure the mesh sits away from the eyes and face. It features soft fleece binding, a wide touch-tape closure under the jaw and a forelock hole at the poll. Also available with nose coverage and without ears.
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Premier Equine Comfort Tech Lycra Fly Mask
Colours: Green, blue, navy, red, grey or wine | Sizes: S–XL | UV protection: 70% | RRP: £15 |
This fly mask has an easy and safe pull-on design. It is made from a breathable four-way stretch Lycra, which is comfortable and helps prevent insects entering the mask. The mesh is designed to stand away from the face and promote airflow.
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Farnam SuperMask II
Sizes: Foal, yearling/pony, Arab/small horse, horse or XL horse | UV protection: Yes | RRP: From £19 |
Described as designed to fit, last and stay on, this fly mask fastens twice under the jaw, which is harder for field-mates to reach and undo. for double security. The plush trim keeps flies out, while providing maximum comfort without rubbing. Available with or without ears.
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