My lesson horse scared me
The lesson horse -- er, pony -- that I ride kept scaring me yesterday! Would you like to know what she was doing? Getting flies! Lol She would stop and bump her bumm up into he air and rub her belly with her back leg. Every time she did it I swore she was lifting her entire hind end a foot off the ground. ; )
She did it when I was walking her back to the barn so I got to see it from the ground. Silly me, it is only a tiny movement. Lol. Oh the joys of being a beginner.
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Lol! Hopefully she'll have fly spray next time. Those flies can be such a pain!
Haha, I know what you mean!! A lot of times little movements still feel big and scary to me ;)
Lol wait till they try to scratch their legs with their face when they have an itch, when my boy first started it freaked me out cause he would come to a complete stop and then pull his head all the way down to scratch.
ANYWAY, I literally have to DOUSE my gelding in fly spray because he is such a BIG BABY about flies.. he will do the same thing and stomp his hind foot or try to nip at his belly when riding even after i fly spray him cause hes super sensitive.... You just learn to ignore and ride on, Just always use fly spray, who knows what my boy would do without fly spray when riding outdoors when they are bad.
But then as soon as I go to spray him with the fly spray he totally freaks and dances around in the crossties cause he hates it so much!
I swear my horse hates EVERYTHING >_< lol
this reminds me of my very short visit out to the barn last night. the mosquitoes were so bad!!! i swear i lost a good pint of blood to the little buggers, lol. my poor horse, he was covered in them too. i think i used almost half a bottle of fly spray just to make him comfortable enough and to stop the constant twitching/kicking/stomping/biting bug dance he was doing.
and then it started raining........ go figure! ;)
He is doing this because you are allowing it.
Fly bites hurt, and not fair to be riding a horse that has to put up with flies and a rider either.
There isn't a fly spray out there that actually keeps flies off. It works for maybe the first 10 minutes and then the flies are back and I've used countless numbers of preparations in some 30 odd years of riding including the green organic variety. If the horse stays 100% dry, as in no sweating at all, the fly spray may work longer but as soon as the horse sweats, the fly spray residue is useless. That is why we tend to see that fly spray works initially but by the end of the lesson the flies are back.
The best thing I have found that cuts down on the flies to a point is the feed through variety but obviously on a lesson horse you can't control that.
Flies and horses go together unfortunately :). We can control them to a point and breathe a sigh of relief when the cold weather hits and we are fly free for a few months but they are always going to be there.
When I first started trotting over poles with my mare, I swore she was "jumping" over them! She wasn't----it just felt that way. Great way to improve my seat, though!
Actually Palomine, some horses are sensitive to fly spray and I'm 99% it burns. There are a few horses where I work(including one of mine) that VERY thin-skinned and the fly spray provided by the owner most likely has a chemical(some owners even put Listerine in it) that is uncomfortable.
I definitely don't baby my horse when he's being a brat, but there is one certain fly spray that he doesn't do the "dances" with.
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