My new horse (after a 12 yr. Lay-off) is absolutely amazing, and I love him to bits. Ty is an ex show horse, and I'm giving him a new career - trail/pleasure riding. I've been doing a fair bit of sacking out these last few months, and we've had 4 successful trail rides!
My problem is that Ty is a major fly diva, and I do my best to avoid the deer flies etc. in my area, by being on his back by 7:30 a.m. Every other day. We warm up in the round pen, and then we hit the trails. But even at that time of the morning, those nasty winged insects are out and about and I swear, waiting for my horse.
I, of course, use fly spray but I find by this time of year, it's not all that effective. And Ty is so distracted by the flies, that he forgets where to place his feet. Yesterday morning he did the most amazing sliding stop, only because there was still some dew on the grass and even though we were loping along, the deer flies were landing in hordes on his ears and neck. He tries so hard to pay attention, but the flies really do drive him crazy.
I'd appreciate any suggestions/advice from anyone who is experiencing the same problem.