The mosquitos are nasty this year! We have had more rain this summer than we have had in the last 10 years and it seems every dormant mosquito egg has hatched. Now the little nasty creatures are out for blood and driving everybody, but especially the horses crazy!
It has been raining off and on for the past 4 days with another 4 or 5 days of light rain forecasted. We haven't had hard enough rain to keep the mosquitos at bay, so they are out continuously. I have tried everything I can think of to keep my poor horses comfortable. They are wearing rain sheets to protect their backs and bodies (it's not that warm) and I have been spraying every exposed area 2-3 times a day with fly spray. I have tried fly masks, but the mosquitos bother them so much they just rub them off. Although they do have two run-in shelters, the mosquitos have invaded inside those too. I sprayed the shelters down with Listerine tonight, but it had little to no effect. Every time I go out, the horses practically beg me to make it stop. They are continuously on the move and get very little time each day to graze comfortably. They are also up and down about every hour or so rolling trying to find some relief. Unfortunately, I have neighbours so a smudge isn't a great option. Any suggestions as to how I can make my poor horses more comfortable in this fog of mosquitos would be appreciated!