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post #1 of 18 Old 09-06-2015, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Blasted thing bit me. It feels like the inside of my thigh is on fire. And the menace bit me just as I was struggling to pull up the OTTB riding school mare on a downhill wood path. The mare does NOT know how to walk downhill, it's either a trott or a canter. As the wasp bit me I yelped and the mare decided that yelping is the aid for canter downhill towards a 2m drop off. I thought I was a goner for sure.

No question, I'm just feeling sorry for myself and wanted a moan (and my husband retorts any horse-related moaning with "See what you get when you want to risk your neck").

Thank you for listening:)
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Blasted thing bit me. It feels like the inside of my thigh is on fire. And the menace bit me just as I was struggling to pull up the OTTB riding school mare on a downhill wood path. The mare does NOT know how to walk downhill, it's either a trott or a canter. As the wasp bit me I yelped and the mare decided that yelping is the aid for canter downhill towards a 2m drop off. I thought I was a goner for sure.

No question, I'm just feeling sorry for myself and wanted a moan (and my husband retorts any horse-related moaning with "See what you get when you want to risk your neck").

Thank you for listening:)
If you have meat tenderizer, mix it up into a paste and put it on the sting. It will help to neutralize the venom and make it burn less.

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If you have meat tenderizer, mix it up into a paste and put it on the sting. It will help to neutralize the venom and make it burn less.
Thanks, I've already put some kind of a sting gel on it, but it took a while until I got home.

Stupid thing. I have no idea what it may have been looking for between the saddle and my thigh...

I suppose I should count my blessings that it didn't sting my high-strung mare :)

Shoot, I didn't even think of that possibility - now I gave myself a proper fright!
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Better you than the horse. My neighbor's horse stepped in a ground wasp (yellow jacket) nest a couple years ago, rider ended up in the ER.

Ice and benadryl. Lots and lots of wasps where I live.
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Better you than the horse. My neighbor's horse stepped in a ground wasp (yellow jacket) nest a couple years ago, rider ended up in the ER.

Ice and benadryl. Lots and lots of wasps where I live.
I just thought of that possibility now - and I don't feel the sting anymore due to the knot in my chest :)

How would it sting the horse through the hoof? Sorry if it's a stupid question, I'm very green.
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I just thought of that possibility now - and I don't feel the sting anymore due to the knot in my chest :)

How would it sting the horse through the hoof? Sorry if it's a stupid question, I'm very green.
Um, they fly. They fly out of the nest in a giant swarm and sting wherever they land and keep stinging until killed. I almost lost a dog that way. I have a goldfish pond and I dragged her to the pond and threw her in, then killed the wasps in the water with my fingers. Then I carried her to the bathroom and combed the dead wasps out of her coat under running water (there were hundreds) while my daughter called the emergency vet and told them we were coming. It was a near thing. I have no idea what I would do if it happened to a horse I was riding except that this would be one of those rare times when it would be good to bail off as best you can and then run for your life.

I've been chased through the woods on foot on many occasions.
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Um, they fly. They fly out of the nest in a giant swarm and sting wherever they land and keep stinging until killed. I almost lost a dog that way. I have a goldfish pond and I dragged her to the pond and threw her in, then killed the wasps in the water with my fingers. Then I carried her to the bathroom and combed the dead wasps out of her coat under running water (there were hundreds) while my daughter called the emergency vet and told them we were coming. It was a near thing. I have no idea what I would do if it happened to a horse I was riding except that this would be one of those rare times when it would be good to bail off as best you can and then run for your life.

I've been chased through the woods on foot on many occasions.
Eeeeeek! I was imaging a solitary wasp being stepped on - that's how they usually are around here, they don't swarm.

Your poor dog!

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I'm glad you only suffered one sting and the horse didn't suffer any.

This is a good time to bring up the subject of using extreme care when trail riding this time of year. Be that in the woods or in an open field.

Hornets build their nests in the ground. It usually take the first two horses to stomp over them before they get up a head of steam and come swarming out of the ground to sting anything in their path.

They like to chase the object, too. I have had them come after my John Deere when I was mowing

Even the calmest of horses have had bucking or running fits if they get stung enough times.


All one can do is to keep a close eye on the ground and watch for bees cruising around, as there will be a nest close by. Keep Benedryl spray in the saddle bag for yourself and the horse.

Anyone who has severe reactions to bee stings probably should give up the trails until the weather cools down
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Even the calmest of horses have had bucking or running fits if they get stung enough times
I came for a moan but now I'm happy that it was me instead of her. She isn't spooky (she does spook but rarely), however she is an OTTB and typically reacts by moving first and asking questions later. I'm quite sure there would be a lot of moving down narrow and steep wood trails. I doubt I would have stayed on long enough for question time.
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I came for a moan but now I'm happy that it was me instead of her. She isn't spooky (she does spook but rarely), however she is an OTTB and typically reacts by moving first and asking questions later. I'm quite sure there would be a lot of moving down narrow and steep wood trails. I doubt I would have stayed on long enough for question time.
LOL! Probably not. Well, we did you some good anyhow. You came for a moan, and you got it, and then you figured out it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been. And for one last, buck up it's not so bad, at least you're not allergic to bee & wasp stings. I'm so dang allergic that my tongue swells when I get bit by an ant. So, see? It could be a WHOLE LOT worse! Isn't that cheery?

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