They are a nuisance to us, but to the horses those guys are pure torture. You can always tell when they are back because the horses just can't keep still. They stomp their feet, bite at the ones they can reach, and swish their tails at the others. Constantly.
Yesterday was our day to give Daisy and Midnight some relief. There are chemicals you can put on them to ward off the pests and in the past we have sprayed it on the horses. They get jumpy, though, and don't like to be sprayed.
We decided to try a new way this year. And it involved giving these sensitive family members a bath, then sponging on the bug spray. Don't know why, but we have never bathed our horses. We weren't sure how they would like it.
|Daryl is wearing the classic 'give-a-horse-a-bath' attire.|
Of course, it helped that it was around 95 degrees yesterday.
And that there was a sweet feed bucket right under their noses!