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Re: [RC] advice needed - rides2far

Before I ever get on I cut a sappling or limb off a tree about 4' long
and strip the leaves off all except a tuft at the end to use to swat
flies away. I look like a helicoptor...or fan dancer going down the
trail. I swing a steady pattern over and down the left side, over and
down the right, whack around his ears (he loves it) can reach down under
his belly if he starts acting like there's one there. Fly repellents just
don't do much against deer & horseflies. 

If a horse has any problem with my swatter I'll just cut a good long one
and stand out in the yard swatting flies as he grazes. They learn very
quickly that it's a great addition to their tail. Kaboot had no problem
distinguishing between this and a whip. He would go bananas if you
touched him with a crop, but you could flog him with the fly swat and
he'd doze.

Eventually, my horse will "point" at one that's landed that I don't see.
My daughter and I also have a running competition on horsefly kills so
we're grabbing them out of the air and crunching them too. If you can
keep them from getting eaten alive while warming up for 15 min. a good
trot usually keeps them from landing again and I just tuck my swatter
back facing his rump while we're making time, then start swinging again
if we have to walk down a hill or something. I think it works a lot
better than vinegar, and you'll come to enjoy knocking them out of their
flight patterns. :-)



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