Fashion Fail/ Fashion Forward

By Terry Golson

This face mask makes me look like a court jester!


Much better.


In all seriousness, fly masks can be a life-changer for a horse. They keep the biting and annoying insects out of ears and eyes. For horses with white pigment around the eyes, they can literally save your horse’s sight.

Tonka knows that turnout is more pleasant with his mask on. I can tell by how he looks at the mask and at me when I reach towards him with it.

Like all gear, it needs to fit and be kept clean. I bought that mask in the top photo on sale last year in winter. It was an inexpensive purchase off-season. It was in his size, was an upscale brand, and looked comfy with the fleecy trim. But when I put this bargain on him this springtime, it no longer seemed like such a great deal. The mask was too wide on the poll, and those ears! So long. Tonka has short, squat Paint Horse ears which that mask somehow squashed down and sideways. I knew that it was more than simply a fashion fail when Tonka didn’t want me to put it on him. So I splurged on the brand that I know fits my horse, and I splurged on the snazzy blue trim (even with horses you have to pay extra for fashion.) Worth every penny.

note: Tonka moved to the new barn this week, and I move to my new home in a few days. Life is a tad hectic right now. Tonka’s move has gone very well. I’ll report on that next week!

7 thoughts on “Fashion Fail/ Fashion Forward

  • Jan

    He looks very handsome a real fashion icon. Hope the move goes okay, your new office looks great. Glad the Goat Boys and Tonka are settling okay and that they kept Phoebe for their children, what happened about the Ladies?? All the best 🙂

  • Rebecca Stedman

    You all will be Mainers now! Hope the move is smooth and you are settled in soon.
    Rebecca & Don
    The Gatlinburgers

  • Judy

    Thinking of the Golson family, including Tonka and Scooter, settling into their new Maine home. Best wishes for all!

  • Lizzie in Cornwall

    Happy new home to you all!
    Hope all goes to plan (as much as anything goes to plan with these kind of things!) and that you’ll all soon feel ‘at home’! Kettle on and a cookie in your hand! ☕️;)

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