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    06-03-2013, 11:44 PM
We have the horse flies and the botflies, which are a little more easier to manage with a good fly sheet and a bot scraper. The mosquitoes are terrible, I'm glad she's had her West Nile this year. But the multitude of little bumps makes me think some kind of chiggers are getting on to her? I'm going to put her in the sand lot to see if getting her off the weeds helps. I'll wipe some SWAT on her legs.

Does anyone have experience with ichthammol on bug bites? I heard it was useful preventing itch and keeping more bugs at bay.
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    06-04-2013, 12:35 AM
Green Broke
The flies have been horrid the past couple months. They attack their eyes, mostly. I've heard that feeding Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural bug repellant. You can also a cup or two of it to a bucket of water and sponge it where the bugs are bad. I did that to the boys one day about a week ago and it actually helped!
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    06-04-2013, 11:25 AM
Bugs are bad here too. I fly spray, brush it in, swat around the eyes and ears, and now we are using the "spot on" type thing also.

Gunnie's eyes were so inflamed last year, I foresee a fly mask at some point. The other two have bot fly issues... and mosquitos are everywhere..

On another note.. we had a really good work session last night. I've changed some things.

I caught him, fly sprayed him, tacked him up, then left him standing tied to the "thinkin' tree" ...

About an hour later, I untied him, took him in the pen and worked with him ... slammed the stirrups up and down, shook the canvas all around him, lunged him at the walk while I rubbed the whip all over him .. making him walk (you could see him thinking "WTH is she doing") .. we did tons of trot work, with direction changes (lunging for respect 101) .. then I handed him to DH and told him to take him for a walk - on lead -

Then we tied him back up to the thinkin' tree for a bit .. untacked him .. brushed him .. swatted him up .. and put him away ..

It was soooooooooooo relaxing.. they whole thing. (well, except for him thinking he saw a bear in the woods twice when we first starting lunging.. he reacted, I didn't and made him keep working)

I need a goal .. a plan .. something to work towards, because I get bored so quickly .. lol.
    06-04-2013, 11:26 AM
Cash is super sensitive to bugs and welts up really easily. I'm currently liking Equi-Organics Fly Spray, as neither the Pyranha nor RepelX did anything for him. I was contemplating a fly sheet but I wondered if it might get too hot here for daily use?
    06-04-2013, 11:35 AM
Green Broke
I felt a fly sheet at a boarding stable I went to with my farrier and it was THICK. They seem like they would be a really light-weight mesh material, but NOPE. I don't know if it was just that one or they're all like that but my horses would burn up in a second wearing it.

Henny and Bubba are currently wearing fly masks as the problem they have the most is the eye-eaters. Bubba's eyes get red and puffy and watery and itchy, it's just miserable for him even when I put swat/Endure/Permethrin/Ultra Shield on EVERY DAY. I finally got him a fly mask he can't get off. It doesn't have ears, but loops around them instead so I'm betting that's what's making the difference. Henny's a good boy and never tries to get his off, so I never have to worry about him. :) The flies eat up Bubba more anyways.
    06-04-2013, 11:36 AM
I don't know about ya'll, but I've had those big horse flies bite through my JEANS ... I don't think a fly sheet would do much for them!
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    06-04-2013, 01:56 PM
Hey everyone, I've been busy boarding-barn shopping! I've had time for it, since my kids are just taking finals this week and I've had lots of time sitting at my desk just doing the watchdog routine.

Sent out some email inquiries, and went to look at a place yesterday afternoon. Turns out that the owner is an acquaintance of our cow horse crowd, once we finally figured out where we had seen each other before. We have lots of people in common, and we see eye to eye on horse care. That is reassuring! She bought a place about a year ago and has done a lot of work on the property and is taking in a few boarders. She lives there with her husband. A few negatives: one pasture has barbed wire fencing (she hot wired it), she doesn't like dogs coming out, and I would have to pay an extra $50/month for parking my second trailer. The fencing will be upgraded eventually, whenever that may be.

So... for $250/horse/month, I think I will go look at some other places, even though I may have to drive further. The barbed wire fencing is my biggest concern, since my colt pokes his legs and head into everything. She rotates pastures, so my two will be in that one some of the time. I've been spoiled at $100/horse/month with a covered arena, a pasture with run in shed, & self-care. Everybody loved my dog, and it really felt like home. Going to go check out another place this afternoon whose owner rides up at our barn a lot. It would be great to move by the end of the month!
    06-04-2013, 04:20 PM
CC, nice picture of your color run and welcome to facebook ;)

Out, your boy is adorable. Good luck on finding a place! When we looked it was hard. A lot of places only stall board - as you said - some won't turn out horses together so they don't get scratched up. Finding pasture board is difficult. We got lucky though. I think mine would go nuts with stall board and no one to graze with.

Well, it looks like we're coming to the meet-up! Couldn't get Saturday off, but we'll just leave right after and I'll try to nap in the car. So, how will I be able to find you guys? I've never been at Will Rogers, don't think DH has either.

Still no baby. She might be going full 12 months on me Though she is ready to get it out
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    06-04-2013, 05:07 PM
Moving horses to a new place is hard on everyone animal and human. I spent 11 years at a place that had a 100 acres pasture board. Twenty five horses all owned by different people and we threw hay to them in the winter on the really cold days. My boys LOVED it -- the whole herd dynamic thing. It cost $55 a head and then extra for hay in the winter, fed only if they needed it. It was right on the Brazos River - a nice beach type sandbar to play/camp/swim and lots of trails in the woods. There were miles of country roads (no traffic) to ride on if you rode off the property and I trained for many a CTR out there. I also made a lot of lifetime friends there over the years.
    06-04-2013, 06:20 PM
Wow, CC, that place sounds amazing! What happened to it? I wish I could find some places with nice trails around. Though it looks like I might be able to get a trailer some time soon! Now I just need to find the one I want. Which will be hard... *sigh*
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