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Re: [RC] dodging spiderwebs - Truman Prevatt

Now riding down here in the tropics - especially in the late summer when the banana spiders are carrying their eggs and bulking up for the winter - can be interesting. The banana spider is about as big as a silver dollar. I don't know if they bit or not - never had a problem. They tend to build their webs across open places in the woods about face to a rider on a horse. They seem to love horse trails. For some reason they seem to always build them around a blind corner. The key is to ride second. If you are first, be ready to duck and listen for the reaction behind you:-).

I always carry a crop or a dressage whip - the dressage whip is better since it is longer. That works pretty well taking out the webs. Their webs are very sticky and very strong and even if you get the web the spider will more than likely end up on you and you need to brush them off.

Thank goodness these big guys are harmless.


Jeff Brickson wrote:

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.

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[RC] dodging spiderwebs, Jeff Brickson