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[RC] dodging spiderwebs - Jeff Brickson

Dawn, to prevent getting web-face when being first rider down the trail,
carry a light, long twig out and upright in front of yourself as you trot
along.  The webs will stick onto it and the spiders fall to the ground soon
after.  I've not yet been bitten by a spider while riding.

If you're allergic to the venom you should be cautious, but in my fears as a
non-allergic person they don't rank high.  They shoo easier than ticks.
Both my spider bites (not from riding) made my leg was sore for days, like a
big bruise, but it went away.  It seems the busiest trail spiders are about
5 mm and black with sometimes red spots and several dorsal abdominal spines.
The webs are across the trail every several feet some mornings!  THose days
it's difficult to trot the whole webby section of trail.  My mare is a wuss
and dodges the thicker webs, batting her eyes.  If webs get on her ears
she'll flip them about.  Bridget

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