I just bought Fizz a "horse hoodie," which is made from that fine mesh which is very lightweight and airy (I tried Sailor's on Fizz to see how it fit). The company also makes a human version, which looks a bit like a beekeeper ensemble. From the manufacturer's site:We have these fine light mosquito nets that go over our hats, about $5 a pop from a camping shop. Keeps off flies, mozzies, sandflies, midges...
I'm so claustrophobic I can't help but think I'd feel like I was suffocating in there, no matter how light it is.
We had a nice ride with M and Coalie yesterday. We went for 9 miles out to the Blind Mare Farm. It's a nice mix of roads and great trail. Surprisingly the trail portion was fairly dry. I was expecting it to be worse given the trail I'd been on the previous day, but even the spots that tend to stay muddy were not as deep as usual.
There is one old wooden bridge built for snowmobiles that we have to cross, and it is getting to be a little sketchy. You could hear an unsettling rotten-wood-crunching sound going over it. It's not too high up, but it still would be scary to have it go out from under you and drop a few feet into a rocky creek. The "trail" is technically a Jeep road, and in addition to snowmobiles, full size pickups and SUVs do drive back there at times, so I would think it's worth replacing. The snowmobile club apparently maintains the trail and bridge, so M was going to check in with the club President to see if he had any plans to fix it.
The trail ends at this beautiful farm, which is surrounded by beautiful hay fields and apple orchards. One of my favorite vistas. If I lived there I think I'd want to spend all my free time in a hammock outside looking over the farm.
The farm is a turnaround point, and we backtrack home the same way we came out. Said hello to our town's oldest residents on the way back...
We couldn't have asked for nicer weather, and it's great getting back to longer rides. Slowly, slowly Fizz is getting back into better shape and we're both loosing some of the winter weight.
And, big day today for Izzy! This morning she was due at the vet for her molar extraction. We finally picked our trailer up from the mechanic at the end of last week. Yesterday we did a little loading practice. It's been three years since Izzy has been on a trailer, and she's never been a particularly frequent traveler, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Of course she didn't like being taken away from the other horses, and they didn't help much by returning her frantic calls to them. But in ~15 minutes, we'd gone off and on the trailer twice, which was actually better than I thought she might be. She needed to hop and dance around behind it for a bit before walking on, but I had lots of yummy treats waiting in there for her and she didn't try to rush back off once she got on, so that was positive. She was reasonable about backing off when I asked her to. This morning I had planned for at least 30 minutes, but I'd say it took less than 3 minutes to get her on and closed up.
She was definitely not happy about it, and she kicked at the front door a lot along the way. Poor thing was drenched in sweat and shaking when we took her off, so it wasn't necessarily a pleasant experience, but she survived. We're expecting to pick her up later in the afternoon. I believe she's having the procedure start right about now, so hopefully it goes well and she recovers easily. Not to be too morbid, but I'm imagining this may be the last time she takes a trip off the farm. I feel a little guilty that it's for something that's not fun for her, but I have to imagine getting those teeth out will make her more comfortable in the long run.