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Two questions in one! 1) what to do about bees? 2)what to do about muddy pasture?

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  • We noticed one or two bees in our barn
  • Bees AND muddy pasture

 
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    03-11-2010, 01:21 PM
  #1
Foal
Two questions in one! 1) what to do about bees? 2)what to do about muddy pasture?

Didn't know where else to ask this :/ sorry if this is the wrong section...

1) Okay, the snow is melting and there's only a trace left which means the bugs are coming back. I went out back to my barn and gave Carly a flake of hay. In the stall with Carly a bee was flying around. My goat saw it and slowly started to back up. My horse then saw it and threw her head back, to get it away. It flew to me and I started whacking at it. I hit it! I then ran out of the barn and across my field, terrified. I slowly came back and saw two bees outside of my barn... I don't think there's a nest... yet... But, you know those fly nets that you hang in the barn to attract the flies and make them stick to it? Does that also attract bees? How do I get them to leave!? I'm terrified of bees.

2) It's warm outside. As I said earlier, there's only a trace of snow left. For the first time in awhile ( winter :/ ) the sun is now out! I feel bad leaving Carly locked in her stall but it's very muddy outside her stall. Very. Muddy. I have her door opened but the sun doesn't reach that area :/
So, my question is... what am I to do about the mud? It's only there because all the snow melted and made water ( obviously ). I mean, I know I can't magically make it poof away, but it there something - anything - I could do? :/ stupid question, I know, I just couldn't resist asking. Around the barn it's muddy, too. Where I'll be walking, which won't help the cause. I mean, it's so muddy it'll take forever to dry up... so, what am I supposed to do..?
     
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    03-11-2010, 01:48 PM
  #2
Started
As for the bee problem, you could hang one of those fake wasp nests up. I'm not sure where to get them, but I'm assuming a hardware store would have them or at least know where to get one.
     
    03-11-2010, 01:51 PM
  #3
Banned
Your mare could care less about bees. Animals do not see them flying around and freak out that they might get stung. You are anthropomorphizing a little there.
     
    03-11-2010, 02:26 PM
  #4
mls
Trained
This time of year, the flying insects are typically slow. Just waking up. Should be easy to smack.

As far as the mud, what did you do last summer when it rained?
     
    03-11-2010, 04:17 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Your mare could care less about bees. Animals do not see them flying around and freak out that they might get stung. You are anthropomorphizing a little there.
Okay, well firstly, she obviously noticed the little creature because she threw her head back to try to smack it away. Secondly, I'm not just worrying for her, I'm worrying for me too. I'm terrified of them, so why would I keep them there when I'd be scared all the time?
     
    03-11-2010, 04:19 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by mls    
As far as the mud, what did you do last summer when it rained?
Didn't have my horse - or barn - then. The rain hadn't caused that much mud ( last fall ) it's only due to all the snow melting because, well, it was knee deep.
     
    03-11-2010, 04:57 PM
  #7
Showing
There's really nothing you can do about the mud now. This summer when the area is dry, you might consider bringing in some limestone screenings or small gravel. We laid down about 80 ton in our dry lot a few years ago and bring in a couple of truck loads every summer. It runs around $250 for 2 loads here. Cheap compared to caring for wet horses feet and having to walk through it all spring. We keep a hill of limestone to place our large round bales. It stays dry and the water runs off where the horses stand to eat their hay. We don't stall our girls, they just have the approx. 2 acre dry lot in the winter with a run in.
As far as bees, your just going to have to either buck up and overcome your fear of them, or stay indoors. I too used to be scared to death of anything with sticky legs that would land on me. Now I just stand still and let them buzz around me. IF you don't make a fuss they will usually just fly away. Good luck in not being afraid, its not an easy thing to do but I'm betting you can do it.
     
    03-11-2010, 05:01 PM
  #8
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Your mare could care less about bees. Animals do not see them flying around and freak out that they might get stung. You are anthropomorphizing a little there.
Can you say that 3 times fast?
     
    03-11-2010, 05:38 PM
  #9
Trained
In regards to the mud, you could dump some sand/sawdust to soak up some iof the water and help it dry out quicker. Otherwise dump some large-ish rocks and then in fill with sand or smaller gravel - The large rocks will give the water places to drain away.
     
    03-12-2010, 09:35 AM
  #10
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
Can you say that 3 times fast?
Laugh - of course not. I even have to look up the spelling any time I use it.
     

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