Horse Fly Problem
WE get these horse flys and deer flys at this time of year. Since they feed on blood, the "Big STinky" fly traps dont work on them. We found that by keeping stream ways from developing big reedy swamp areas (Due mostly to soil erosion and deposition along stream banks) we cut into the problem by a huge amount. I can say that, since weve lived here (almost 30 years now) weve reduced the deer fly and horse fly problem by 80%. It used to be murder when we kept a couple horses. They were always annoyed and we had one of them go nuts and smash into a fence and got wrappd up in a coil of barbed wire. This resulted in a major vet bill and subsequent fly strike problems so bad that we hadda ship the horse over to New Bolton Center (U of P vet hospital/reasearch farm near us)
David, he is getting so big! I can pet him anytime I want now. He has never one time tried to kick or bite so that's a good sign I think. I have a pony halter on order for him so I will be starting to groundwork him some when that gets here. I am looking into getting a roundpen. A friend of ours used to have horses but doesn't anymore and I can probably at least borrow their pen.
Mac is home from the trainer and we are doing wonderfully. He did try to give me trouble going down that trail the first ride but I took that rope and laid it over his butt on both sides and he knew I meant business. My lessons sure have helped!
There is a video on youtube of Dave getting Mac to walk across a tarp. I watched him do it on video and then I watched me trying and I could see I wasn't firm enough. I wouldn't have done it either if I was Mac! Just search horselady11000 on youtube and you can see the video if you want.
I'm going to try to get some new video of JJ this weekend so you can see how he has grown. He is more handsome than ever too! [color]