California Riding Magazine • February, 2010

Product Review:
Natural Look CatchMask
Fly mask is built to last the season.

by Cheryl Erpelding

Most horses love to play with each other and when their pals are wearing fly masks, the protective garb is just too irresistible to pass up. The mask often finds it way into the neighboring horse’s pen or turn-out paddock. Sometimes the fly masks survive the play and often horse owners must replace them more than once during the fly season.

Denise and Kurt Pressler of KD Western Works have come up with a new design. They call their mask the Natural Look CatchMask. The masks come in horse colors and if your horse has a blaze you can paint the mask to match your horse’s markings. The mask is like wearing camouflage gear and less noticeable to other horses. Incorporated into the design is a reinforced hole to clip a lead line to the mask. No need to use a halter because the mask does double duty.

We tested the mask at Nancy Reed’s barn on Ballroom. Reed liked the construction of the mask as it sits well above the horse’s face and less is likely to scratch the horse’s eyes. We only tested at the end of the fly season but we expect this fly mask to go the distance.

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