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post #1 of 11 Old 07-08-2020, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Spiderwebs

Greetings trail riders and arachnophobes.

How do you manage spiderwebs? I ride early in the morning because it is SO hot and humid during the day, even in the shade, so the webs are fresh from the evening/night before. I've tried carrying a stick and knocking them down, but I take long trail rides and swinging a stick for four hours is tiresome.
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-08-2020, 11:00 AM
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A reasonably tough long twig with leaves on works better than a plain stick but I can't suggest anything better than carrying something to remove them.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-08-2020, 11:07 AM
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The best thing is get somebody else to ride in front.

Or when you get tired of swinging the stick, ride in a meadow for a while.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-08-2020, 11:08 AM
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Ride with a friend that likes to be in front!

Other than that, I have no idea. I encountered the same issue backpacking on less-traveled trails. I wasn't too bothered by the webs when they would hit my body, but the times they went on my face...YUCK!

Maybe there is some way to attach something to your horses neck? I have no idea.
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-08-2020, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Ah, yes, someone to "take one for the team." Unfortunately, I ride alone. :/
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-08-2020, 11:40 AM
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You can try to ride with a veiling/netting on your hat/helmet that drapes to catch the buggars before they kiss your face in love... think bee-keeper.

I'm always the web catcher as my horse and I tower over all the small Pasos my friends now ride...
I get to lead, but makes no difference if last, I still catch the spider webs...
Good thing I truly don't mind spiders, but would be nice to not have company on my shoulder or face tagging along...
The stick with leaves though does work and works well as a reminder to my horse to MYOB and keep to the task not try to snack along the trail unauthorized...
He thinks I carry it to swat him....I'm not telling him differently..
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-08-2020, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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You can try to ride with a veiling/netting on your hat/helmet that drapes to catch the buggars before they kiss your face in love... think bee-keeper.

I'm always the web catcher as my horse and I tower over all the small Pasos my friends now ride...
I get to lead, but makes no difference if last, I still catch the spider webs...

Good thing I truly don't mind spiders, but would be nice to not have company on my shoulder or face tagging along...
The stick with leaves though does work and works well as a reminder to my horse to MYOB and keep to the task not try to snack along the trail unauthorized...

He thinks I carry it to swat him....I'm not telling him differently..

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That's veil thing might work.

I call the stick a "bug-stick", both for the spider (and their webs) to the get flies off my horse's ears, (she lost her fly mask), and to swat my horse when she is being a little bug. Handy, yes, but tiresome on long rides.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-08-2020, 03:01 PM
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You can try to ride with a veiling/netting on your hat/helmet that drapes to catch the buggars before they kiss your face in love... think bee-keeper.
I was just about to recommend the same! Yes they sell bug nets for riders specifically, but the ones for hikers and such are as effective for the fraction of the cost

While you will have the silk form the webs and spiders on the head net, you won't have them on your face or getting an extra-protein snack while talking or laughing
Don't ask me how I know
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-08-2020, 06:37 PM
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Yes the best is not to be first, altho if I ride with Sis and she is first on a much smaller horse, she doesn't get all the webs. I also ride alone and in the early morning you do get the webs, the horse does as well and they will sometimes be snorting and shaking their heads so i let them stop and rub them off against a front leg.
We have a trail that I call Spider Webb Alley it's a lovely ride early BUT the webs.
I guess a branch with leaves would work best.

Swiss Miss I was just saying to Sis the other day that the time is here with all the bugs, flies spiders etc. it is best to keep the mouth shut and only chat in open fields.

I have swallowed enough bugs to last a life time.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-08-2020, 07:33 PM
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Gnats taste sweet. Ask me how I know. I think they feed on nectar.
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