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post #21 of 23 Old 05-19-2015, 02:00 PM
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kind of a newbie question, but everyone is mentioning fly spray to help the horse in standing still. If flies are an issue (we all know how fly spray isn't always perfect) would a light blanket and fly mask make sense to keep the flies off?

or is it mostly for the feet and not much outside of fly spray you can do?

I've not had to help w/ a farrier visit - but the question occurred me in reading so figured i'd throw it out there to learn more :)

Re: any of my advice - Happy to give my two cents, but not an expert... just a girl who loves riding horses!
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post #22 of 23 Old 05-19-2015, 02:20 PM
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kind of a newbie question, but everyone is mentioning fly spray to help the horse in standing still. If flies are an issue (we all know how fly spray isn't always perfect) would a light blanket and fly mask make sense to keep the flies off?

or is it mostly for the feet and not much outside of fly spray you can do?

I've not had to help w/ a farrier visit - but the question occurred me in reading so figured i'd throw it out there to learn more :)
You could leave the fly mask on my but my trimmer takes the blanket off as it can get in the way I suppose it's up to them.

Not sure what you mean by the second part but I would assume it's to stop the horse from getting annoyed and trying to move to get away from the flies or swishing the tail which can get the farrier/trimmer in the eye, my boy has accidentally done it and it is not nice.
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post #23 of 23 Old 05-19-2015, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Well that was fun :)
Honestly - I'm having the time of my life with all of this, and the farrier visit was another education. All the advice above was so helpful, and did give me a good mental picture of what was going to happen. The farrier was great and told me to stand exactly where some others had said to hold her - My girl was very good, though I did need to be firm a few times (which was good reinforcement for both of us anyway). No big drama thankfully. It was an unseasonably cool slightly breezy morning, so flies were a non-issue. I can see where that would definitely add a level of complexity.

He was the type that was quiet and focused while he worked, but stood and talked with us for quite a while afterwards. Apparently my friend has worked with him many times. Thanks everyone!
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