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Re: [RC] dodging spiderwebs - Howard Bramhall

Another way to avoid spiders and their accompanying webs is to ride with a
"screamer."  A screamer is, usually female, and always human.  If you're
lucky enough to have them ride ahead they will alert you to any danger along
the trail long before you get there.  Now, I must admit, riding with a
screamer isn't for everyone, and, your horses must be very well trained in
the area of Screamage, level three preferred.

My wife falls into this category.  I do believe she has reached the pinnacle
of being a "screamage" trail rider.  Nobody can alert me and America better
to the dangers of what lies ahead:  spiders, snakes, gators and the
occasional bear.  It does take awhile to get used to riding with such an
alert and vocal horse person, but once you and your horse are both trained,
all those nasty critters ahead of you along the trail can be avoided, if you
ride with a screamer.  Just don't ride ahead of them or the whole thing kind
of backfires.

cya,
Howard


----- Original Message -----
From: "Truman Prevatt" <tprevatt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Jeff Brickson" <brickson@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "Ridecamp" <Ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <RDCARRIE@xxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 11:22 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] dodging spiderwebs


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.

Truman

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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Replies
[RC] dodging spiderwebs, Jeff Brickson
Re: [RC] dodging spiderwebs, Truman Prevatt