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is a personal letter from me to you,
a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories
and helpful tips for your
horse care, training, and riding.
Fly Masks and Accessories
Gear for Riding
Cherry: Horse Flies!
Flies live to eat and to procreate. Horses and their habitat
can provide a perfect medium for both of these activities. While wild horses can
take evasive action like mud baths or running to escape pesky fly hordes, domestic
horses are often at the mercy of flies. That’s why our horses need all the help
we can give them. Fly populations can be reduced by using fly traps, insect predators,
misting systems, and good management practices. Fly spray applied to horses will
give varying degrees of relief for a limited time. Fly gear can provide non-chemical
fly protection and it can be used on horses in stalls or pens, out on pasture,
or while you are riding.
horse clothing should fit the horse, be appropriate for the horse’s activity and
for his environment. A flysheet is very versatile and the number one item in a
horse’s summer wardrobe. There are basically two types of flysheets—scrim sheets
for use on stalled horses, and turnout sheets for horses in pens or pastures.
A scrim sheet is usually made of lightweight cotton or nylon mesh and fits more
like a cooler—quite loosely. This makes it unsuitable for turnout but it works
quite well for keeping flies off a well-groomed horse in a clean stall. An added
benefit is that it acts as an anti-sweat sheet, which minimizes fly attraction.
Today, the most popular flysheet is the turnout style made of the same type of
mesh fabric that covers your lawn chairs. It not only keeps a horse’s body fly
free, but it also protects the horse’s coat from the sun and helps keep him cool.
The mesh fabric of any flysheet tends to “groom” a horse’s hair coat as he moves,
massaging......... To read more about fly sheets, go here: Fly_Sheets.
Masks and Accessories
A well-fitting fly mask can protect the
sensitive areas of a horse’s head from flies or gnats without the use of chemical
sprays or creams. Sometimes applying a mask often makes a nervous horse noticeably
calmer, perhaps partly because it stops flies and partly because of reduced visual
stimuli. A fly mask can also be used to protect a horse’s eyes from wind-blown
objects when trailering a horse in an open trailer or during turnout and from
dust and contact when treating an eye for an injury. A mask that blocks more light
can give relief to a horse with light-sensitive eyes. A mask fastener such as
Velcro that will release under strain is preferable over an unyielding snap or
buckle for use during turnout or for use on unsupervised horses. If a horse should
catch the mask on something and the fastener doesn’t release, it's likely that
either the mask will be damaged or the horse will be injured, or both. For best
results make sure the mask fits properly—horses’ heads vary greatly in size and
shape and so do fly masks. A free-form mask made of soft, supple mesh will fit
a wide range of head shapes, but the draping material usually lays against the
eyes or lashes, which could cause........... To read more about , go here Fly
Masks and Accessories.
Fly Gear for Riding
Some items described in
the previous two articles can be used while riding or there may be similar items
specially designed for riding. A muzzle or ear bonnet designed to be used with
a bridle, for example, can greatly reduce or eliminate bug-related head shaking.
A blaze orange cape can make for a safer ride during hunting season.
Have you ever been riding when your horse started prancing
and violently swishing his tail—then you finally turn around and see there is
a big horse fly feeding on the center of your horse’s rump, just where he can’t
reach it? A fly cape that extends behind the saddle to cover the horse’s rump
and flanks can eliminate that problem and decrease tail swishing better than fly
spray can. A cape made of open weave polyvinyl keeps hot sun off the horse and
is also said to wick moisture away from a sweating horse. For added fly protection
spray the cape with fly spray.
Horsehair tassels (“shoo-flies”) and other devices can be hung from bridles and
saddles to swing with the................. To read more about Fly Gear for Riding,
go here Fly
Gear for Riding.
Cherry: Horse Flies!!!!!
I am having a
major horsefly problem. Any suggestions? I have no mosquitoes or regular flies
just humongous horse flies and they are eating my horses up. H E L P P L E A S
E! Frank ;o( Hello again Cherry,
I wrote you about a month ago to
ask if you had any suggestions on Horse Fly control...my reason for asking was
the fact that I was having a major Horse Fly problem...My eight year old Thoroughbred
Stallion was being eaten up by Horse Flies...I had tried daily sprays, rubs, strips
etc. but nothing was helping...Not hearing from you I continued searching and
asking everyone I could, was there a solution?...I purchased a Horse Pal horse
fly catcher. I put it in my one acre paddock one month ago and I am almost Horse
Fly free... Frank ;o)
Ah, yes, those pesky heavy-duty,
blood-sucking bombers that line up on a horse's neck like shingles on a roof.
We do have problems with them here in the Colorado foothills near our creeks and
springs and on trail rides, so I've seen first hand how they can drive a horse
crazy and cause large welts from their painful bites. Read more about horse
flies and deer flies.
I've found that a long sided fly sheet with neck
plus a fly mask with ears and nose shield are a great deterrent to any flies.
The only place I have to spray or apply fly cream is under the jaw, and on the
belly and legs. Unfortunately, as you've discovered, application of fly products
don't seem to deter horse flies and deer flies for very long. And the fly traps
that I talk about in Fly
Control are effective for trapping house flies and stable flies but don't
attract horse flies and deer flies. And I am not aware of any fly predators that
target horse fly or deer fly larvae. So I was interested to learn of the trap
you discovered. The trap not only has received your endorsement, but that of the
Horse Journal and Golf Course Management Magazine along with many great testimonials
from folks who have provided daily trap counts.
Books - Excerpt
If you've never read a Will James horse book,
you are in for a treat. One of his best books, "Horses I've Known" is a collection
of stories about various horses including one called "Joker (A Horse That Lived
Up to His Name)". Here is just once choice sections that really got me chuckling
Will James, riding Joker, is trying to put a lone cow and her calf into a shed
in a ".....delapidated corral that was down some miles and at the edge of the
wash......The short wings of the corral was about as good as none, and to make
it still more ticklish there was some inches to a foot coating of ice at the only
gate, all over the corral and on down past it a ways........The cow, now on the
fight, even tho she was sliding down on her side piled up in the shed, right with
me and Joker all on our sides...When we all crashed into the log wall, there was
enough impact so that it broke some and Joker went on halfways thru. He done the
rest in getting all the way thru........where he again lost his footing and slid
on his side plum to the end of the rope, drawing it tight, and now he couldn't
get his feet under him so as to get up. So there he was on the outside and down
and the cow inside also down."
To see how Will James and Joker get
out of this one, read "Horses
Klim Team Awards
Since the last newsletter,
my husband Richard Klimesh and I have received several nice awards for our work.
American Horse Publications, 2002 Book Award, Third Place "Cherry Hill's
Horse Care for Kids"
American Horse Publications, 2002 Book Honorable
Mention, "Horse Housing"
All Industry Marketing Awards for 2002,
General Consumer News or Feature Article, Third Place, for "Fly Gear" in Western
it for this month. Don't forget, when you ride, keep your mind in the middle and
a leg on each side.
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