Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sunday With Flies and Dapples

It's going to be a hot one today - heat index over 90F by this afternoon. So the horses who wear fly masks went out today without them. The geldings are in a very buggy pasture - it's low and also need mowing. The flies that are a problem right now are small white ones not much bigger than gnats. Noble had to do some head-rubbing and shaking off:




His tail was very active too:







Even more head shaking and rubbing:



Misty (buckskin) was showing off her dapples and rump frosting and Sugar (dark bay) has beautiful dapples too:


Maisie (left) and Dawn (right) were hanging out in the shade trying to stay away from the flies:

Maisie came up to say hello and gave me a sweet mare eye:

Due to the heat, I don't think I'll be doing much work with the horses today - perhaps a nice bath will be in order. Enjoy your 4th of July!

17 comments:

  1. Between the soupy ground from all the rain (Hurricane Alex) and the yayhoos with guns and fireworks, it's probably not a good day for much pony-related activity here. I see lots of computer Scrabble and staying abreast of everyone's blogs today.

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  2. Kate I LOVE that picture of Maisie! Enjoy your holiday!

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  3. Kate...why do you take their masks off when it is so buggy? Just curious.

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  4. Lori - the masks seem to make their faces and heads very hot when the heat index is over 90 - they get very sweaty under them and I'm worried (maybe without cause) that they'll overheat.

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  5. Your tail shots are wonderful! You can almost hear it swishing!
    Poor guy :-(

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  6. Nice pictures. It's hot here too, 95 and up throughout the coming week. Not my favorite weather either. Have a nice weekend.

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  7. Enjoy the day , hope you and the horses find some shay spaces to cool down

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  8. I hope you get a nice breeze to cool off and blow those pesky flies away. Happy 4th.

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  9. Sweltering here too, flies in force; keep cool and happy 4th.

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  10. Hotter than blue blazes here too....Boys are keeping to the barn with the fans going.

    I always enjoy your picture stories. They "speak horse" to me every time. *S*

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  11. Darn pesky fly's, they are relentless. You just feel for the horses. Bet they would enjoy a cool soothing bath.

    Sweet Maisie photo.

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  12. AAAHHH Summer - I can't wait till we get it back!!!! So cold here - ponies rugged up and I am sitting on my couch in my little cottage with thermals, tracksuit pants, woolen jumper, jacket, beanie on and still cold!!!!!!

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  13. The flies here are sooo terrible. I keep getting bitten too! Oh, it is no fun at all.

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  14. We had almost no flies at all until the yoyo down the street moved his horses back; he does not take care of them at all. We use a sulfur block and I also feed a tablespoonful of a rabon molasses block to the horses with their morning feed (keeps those icky flies from laying their eggs in the horse poop). The 40lb blocks are supposed to be left as "free choice", and HaHaHa to that one. When we tried it that way it was regarded as the ultimate king-sized candy bar and our porkballs in the pasture gobbled up the entire 40lb block within two days (so now I just chop it up a little at a time and mix it with the feed :o)

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  15. If we didn't use fly masks when it was over 90 degrees, they'd never have them on here in Texas. And most fly masks provide UV protection these days, which might help.

    Any who, we leave them on when the flies are nasty. Which they are right now, especially after all the rain.

    I'm a big fan of dapples. Just lovely!

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  16. I had to grin when you said a heat index of over 90F. Our heat index has been 107F! :) It sucks but is way better than the wintertime in my opinion (although I know the horses disagree). :)

    I love the pictures. Those are some gorgeous dapples on Sugar. The last picture is great too. :)

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  17. i <3 dapples... although I am slightly partial to them.

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