Sunday, June 8, 2008

-Fly mask and sheet day.

I'll get pictures of this in the next couple of days, but Shelby wore a fly mask and sheet today! Wow. The no-see-ums are horrible for some reason and all the horses are rubbing on the fences and trees for relief. I didn't realize they were this bad (or they weren't until now), but a couple horses even had welts and what looked like hives from either the flies or rubbing themselves raw to get relief.

To comment a moment on our fly control; we use Fly Predators which are fantastic at keeping the general fly population at bay (house/horse/deer/etc. flies), but the little tiny buggers are apparently unfazed by my studious application of the Fly Predators. So, we use WarPaint and Equi-Spot topically. I also use a Citronella-y based fly spray when the flies are bugging them in places the other ointments don't go. I use fly masks and sheets too. I think the leg wraps (to ward off flies) don't work very well and are something of a hazard at pasture. The fly collars (like a flea collar for dogs) work okay, but can irritate the horses skin and smell really bad.

This morning, Shelby came right up to me and just stood there as I was doing something else. She wouldn't budge. I noticed the flies on her first and scraped them off with a metal brush. Ewwww! Then I applied some organic type fly ointment to her really irritated areas and used the Spot repellent. I never haltered her or tied her in any way.

Still, she hung right by me. I brought out a fly mask and she stood perfectly still while I RIPPPPED the Velcro apart. I put it on her face and she didn't move. Not one little bit.

I found a lightweight cotton, waffle-weave sheet. All my actual fly-sheets are way too big for her. I didn't want her to get tripped up in something too big. I put the sheet on her and she didn't mind at all. After I was done, she continued to follow me around.

I don't know who put the happy juice in this filly's oats, but keep putting it in!!


Latigo Liz said...

Lisa, she's turning into the cutest little thing! And it sounds like you are making some great headway with her! I haven't checked in on your blog in a while and I guess I picked the right time to do so!


ljbrooks said...

Thanks Liz. I need to go check in on your horses too. Are you posting updates on them?

Latigo Liz said...
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Latigo Liz said...

Not often enough yet. *sigh* There are big things coming in the next few weeks. I need to schedule that big appointment for Ariel. :( Then it's off to MT for a family trip and sort of surprise when we get home. Real life has been getting in the way of horse time unfortunately.