From Endurance to Dressage
I just bought both boys their new summer fly masks. Or, probably better said, the first of their summer fly masks. Speedy loves to wear a fly mask so he's not particularly hard on them, but mine keep them on 24/7 in the summer which means they see a lot of wear. Izzy is a bit destructive, he's chewed through several bell boots already, so I am prepared to purchase multiple fly masks as needed.
I generally prefer the Durmask brand since it has a brushed fleece lining instead of that fluffy stuff which is simply a dirt magnet. I also like the durability and fit although they do run small. My local tack store didn't have them in stock when I needed them,tso I decided to order something from online.
Riding Warehouse, my favorite tack store, carries a lot of Cashel items, a brand that makes good products. When I looked at their fly masks, I saw that Cashel is giving 5% back to several charities. I was sold.
When someone purchases a pink fly mask, a donation is made to the Susan G Komen Foundation which provides services for cancer survivors and research for a cure. Purchases of the orange fly mask help send donations to various animal rescue efforts - the specific charities weren't named. For the blue mask, a donation will be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project which serves our nation's veterans.
I bought the blue mask for Speedy in the Quarter Horse/Arab/Cob size. It fit really well which means it probably runs a bit big for a traditional Arab size; Speedy is usually bigger than most Arab sized products. This mask has two ear holes and a third hole that allows the forelock to hang in front.
I bought the orange mask for Izzy, although he isn't wearing his yet. I bought the horse size, which fits, but just barely. Next time, I may need to order the warmblood size, but the dimensions on the ordering chart seemed huge. I'll see how this one wears.
It rained yesterday so Izzy didn't get to wear his. I took Speedy's off for the same reason, but I made sure to take a photo first. Since the weather is going to heat up dramatically over the next day or so, both boys will be wearing their new fly masks after today.
If you do order these masks from the Riding Warehouse, the masks are $16.49 each, but they aren't discountable. I had a discount coupon from Riding Warehouse and was disappointed that I couldn't use it, but since Cashel is donating a small part of the purchase price to the three charities, I can see why they won't allow a discount.
In any case, sixteen bucks is a reasonable price to pay for a fly mask so I didn't mind.
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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