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.