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    05-12-2011, 10:47 PM

Yesterday I was going to go for an evening ride. I cannot believe how the mosquitos came out. We were swarmed and I ended up having to turn around and give up. I did manage to get out earlier today and once I went up a bit in elevation, the mosquitos seemed to disappear.

But the main disapppointment was the Competitive Trail Ride clinic that I had signed up for which was a friday afternoon, saturday and sunday was cancelled due to lack of entries. She was not sure if it was fuel prices, weather or what. In the past, she said they filled up quick with a waiting list, but this year........

Man I was really looking forward to camping out and learning what I could at the clinic and meeting new horse people........
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    05-12-2011, 10:57 PM
Bummer Nokota! It always bites when something we're looking forward to gets cancelled.

I think I saw a mosquito the other day. But it might have been something else.
    05-12-2011, 11:04 PM
All right wise guy.......real funny. I hate seeing 15-20 clinging to her neck and swarming around her fly mask as we ride. Deep woods off for me, been riding for 18 years and still haven't found anything that works well on the horse.
    05-12-2011, 11:17 PM
Green Broke
Bummer. There is a endurance clinic this weekend in the Houston area and I had wanted to go but wasn't able to at this time. It would have been fun! We are having an ACTHA ride on June 4th and we are all looking forward to that - and hoping the mosquito's and flies don't tote us off.

My former horse, Red, just had fits over bugs. Biscuit doesn't seem to be as bothered by them but I HATE bugs!
    05-13-2011, 01:53 AM
Now you can pick a spot you always wanted to go and do your own ride.

Go and have fun.
    05-13-2011, 05:56 AM
You are right, I was actually thinking of heading up to the Moose River Plains and exploring the area with the horses, camping out, dutch oven cooking.....just need to get a report on the black flies first. See if they are still thick or if they have become tolerable.
    05-13-2011, 09:29 AM
Wow You guys have Fly reports! Is that like a pollen count or particulate count on the nightly news?

A couple times I've gone back to Missouri and picked up horses for friends. When we bring them home they almost immediately gain a 100 lbs. At first I just thought I was feeding them better than the folks back east. But I've come to learn that most horses will put on weight if they are not loosing a gallon of blood a day to biting insects.

One 4th of July I took the horses into Naturalist Basin. The mosquitos were horrible. With repellant and tent I was able to survive. But my poor horses were just covered. Hundreds, ten or 15 ,mosquitos would cover the ir necks.

Have fun, we are just roughing the food. So I'm sure you will eat better than I.
    05-13-2011, 09:57 AM
Green Broke
In southeast Texas the mosquitos are with us year round! Sorry to hear about your clinic, sounds like it would have been super fun.
    05-13-2011, 10:00 AM
Originally Posted by Nokota    
But the main disapppointment was the Competitive Trail Ride clinic that I had signed up for which was a friday afternoon, saturday and sunday was cancelled due to lack of entries. She was not sure if it was fuel prices, weather or what. In the past, she said they filled up quick with a waiting list, but this year........
I have been to that clinic (I see you are in NY, I assume you are talking about the NYS horse council clinic).
It was great! I am so sorry to hear it was cancelled.
    05-13-2011, 10:09 AM
Mosquitoes are out in full force here too and horribly thick already with the wet spring we are having. I went yesterday in our woods briefly, deep woods for me, absorbine ex for my mare...she still got chewed up :( going to go buy a couple off fan things today and try hanging them on my saddle & breast collar.
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