Manufacturer: Country Supply
Model: Defender Fly Mask
Category: Fly Control
Purchase: I purchased these directly through Country Supply because my old fly masks had worn out. They cost about $6 each, but you can get a discount if you order multiples.
Likes: This is a very inexpensive fly mask designed similarly to the Supermask, which means that it fits well and is comfortable for the horse. I have left mine on all summer with the exception of riding and grooming and had minimal problems with these. Although they come off more easily than the Absorbine masks, they do not tear like the supermasks do, and cost less than either of them. It comes with extended nose coverage (optionally) and covered ears (optionally). There is elastic on the velcro clasps, which don't give it such a strict fit as many, allowing him flexibility for grazing.
Dislikes: The color selection is quite limited. You can buy either green and white or a green plaid. They do not stay on as well as the absorbine for bigger horses (although I have found that the absorbine fly masks don't stay on well on small horses, as their "horse" size is gigantic!). I can use these on my small horses and they stay on as well as any, or I can use these on my big horses and they only come off as often as they do on the small horses. Because they add the elastic to the velcro clasps, the clasps are a bit longer than they need to be, making it easier for a horse to pull it off of another. But don't get me wrong; I love the elastic because it means my horse has more freedom of jaw movement when eating!
Quality: Made of a durable mesh with a fleece-padded nose and crown area. They are easy to wash with a hose. I own three and have been using them all season without any rips (a first!).
Summary: A good, cheap fly mask. Probably not the one I would try for very destructive horses, but perfect for the average horse.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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