But after the rains came the mud. And after the mud came the warm sun and the FLIES. Blissfully ignorant, the dogs and I headed to the barn to feed and BAM, there they were, swarming in mass around Belle's and Relish's heads. They arrived as fully-formed adults as if there was no life cycle. Fortunately the horses roll daily (especially after being brushed) in the mud, so the flies can't penetrate the thick coating of dirt (which my curry combs are having trouble penetrating as well.) And their coats and ears are still fuzzy, so the flies aren't too annoying except for around the horses's eyes where they are relentless. Truth be told, the person they are really annoying is ME.
|Good Old Virginia Mud|
|The ugly side of spring|
Horse owners -- we need to band together! The first step is sharing anything that you have found effective against flies. Please!
And as always, enjoy the lovely side of spring.