Model: Bug Eye Fly Mask w/ears/nose attached
Category: Fly Control
Purchase: I purchased this fly mask online through Valley Vet Supply (www.valleyvet.com) for $35.99. I decided to buy it after reading all the stellar reviews of which Valley Vet had posted for this mask.
Likes: Initially, I liked the "bug eye" design concept, however, this design quickly became a liability.
Dislikes: After reading the glowing reviews on the Valley Vet web site, I was pretty excited about this mask and ordered one. Boy, what a let down! Perhaps I received a defective mask or maybe they simply weren't making them like they used to; but one thing was for sure, I certainly wasn't getting the same results as those other reviewers. The first thing that I noticed was that the mask didn't fit my horse's head the same on the right side as it did on the left side. On one side the edge fit close to the head while on the other side, the edge bowed out leaving a substantial gap from the base of the ear down to the jaw bone. I also didn't like the way the mask bunched up on the forehead. The biggest disappointment though, came when I checked on my horse a half an hour after putting the mask on him; both eye bubbles had collapsed! Those eye bubbles are stiffer than the rest of the mask and when pushed in toward the eye, don't pop back out again. In so doing, what they created were nasty points and edges --- some of which had rubbed my gelding's eyelid (but could have just as easily scratched his cornea). Now, I can live with a mask that doesn't quite fit properly, but I can't live with a mask that, potentially (and quite probably), puts my gelding's eyes at risk. I count myself lucky to have only made a thirty-six dollar mistake.
Quality: The construction leaved a bit to be desired and in areas, betrayed sloppy workmanship. The quality of the material appeared very good; however, the "bug eye" design was flawed with safety issues.
Summary: I wish I would have seen the reviews on this site before I purchased this mask. I submitted a negative review on the Valley Vet site, but somehow doubt if it will be posted. The bottom line is: if your horse has a propensity for scratching his/her face, then this mask will quite possibly end up costing you a lot more than its purchase price.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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