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Re: RC: Re: barefoot and flies

Never said less flies were *absolutely* because of being barefoot. I simply
noted my clearly noticeable OBSERVATIONS since the only thing that changed
was being barefoot. My old guy used to be swarmed with flies every year when
shod. He would stock up all the time to. It was ridiculous! Within two weeks
after taking shoes off, the flies *significantly* decreased. His stocking up
disappeared to.  It was a HUGE problem before. When I leased him out for six
months last year the person leasing him put shoes back on him. Guess what,
the flies became horrendous again, and he started stocking up. When I got
him back (shod) the flies were beyond ridiculous. He was my only horse shod
at the time. I took the shoes off, and within a week the flies tremendously
decreased. They are really a problem for my shod neighbors horses. So it is
not that they are just not around, or my horses smell better ect. Laugh all
you want, and just don't beleive it if you wish! Like I said before,  it is
simply my *observations* and nothing more. I have also friends in different
parts of the country that have noticed this same observation too. It is not
that far fetched that *possibly* flies are more attracted to horses that
have decreased circulation in their bodies? Notice very carefully that I
said the word *possibly* and *not all horses*. What I have stated in my
observations are based on *facts* not my *opinion*. So if you got nothing
*kind* to say, perhaps you should keep your *laughing* *closemindedness* and
*opinions* to yourself.

Best Regards,

----- Original Message -----
From: Tiffany D'Virgilio <>
To: Robyn Levash <>; <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2001 11:48 PM
Subject: Re: RC: Re: barefoot

> on 10/1/01 9:18 AM, Robyn Levash at wrote:
> > The weirdest observation is that last year when shod, I noticed the
> > always really bothered my two shod horses, while the two barefoot horses
> > little to no flies on them. This year all the horses are barefoot, and
> > seems as if the flies must be on vacation or something. They sure like
> > neighbors shod horses though.
> I'm sorry, but I find it hilarious to think that not shoeing a horse is
> going to be responsible for every little thing good that happens. They
> excrete toxins better, make your horse sweat less, and now ripping the ol'
> shoes off makes the flies stay away! What is next? Taking shoes off will
> make him trailer load better or make him smarter? I'm not attacking you,
> don't we think these claims are getting a wee bit preposterous? That seems
> pretty far fetched as do most of these claims and I own a barefoot horse.
> There ain't a darned difference in the two except the barefoot mare gets
> ouchy after a couple hours riding in the sharp rocks.
> Tiffany

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