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Monthly Archives: March 2011

When I Stopped to Breathe…


     Today was to be an action packed day of working in the office.  Skipping that well deserved breakfast and foregoing the family affair.  Yet, no matter how hard I tried I just could not succumb to taking the work route all the way to my office (which is only 3 rooms away from the dining room!). 

     I did manage to find some solace in toiling away and eventually managed to finish what I started.  As, beyond the filing cabinet drawers laid many monsters waiting for me to tame them.  Not at all what I had planned on working on, in the office today.  But I was unable to maintain a single thought beyond what the “family” was doing (outside in the sunshine), while I was working.  So, along the way I took many breaks and escaped to the great outdoors so that I didn’t succumb completely to working on a Sunday. 

Sunday of all days!

 

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Herbal Supplements


Equine herbal supplements containing garlic (there’s that word again), yeast and grape seed oil claim to keep insects off your horse and create an unpleasant manure environment for larvae.  When fed daily, the supplement helps reduce the fly population and repels other biting insects from your horse.  An added benefit to using supplements is that garlic is known to help the circulatory, respiratory and immune system.

So they say

 

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Traps, Tapes, Lights and Zappers


Ok this will be a short post, but once again this will be a shame on me one.  As there is part of this post that brings me great delight when I think about it.  I’m sure you’ll see just exactly which part brings me delight as you read on.

Fly traps TRAP adult flies when they’re most active.  Fly tape traps and KILL flies that get stuck in the tacky tape.  (No this is not the part I like – keep reading.) Spectrum lights repel the insects.  A quick note here:  Yellow spectrum lights draw fewer midges than do blue or green ones do.

Bug Zappers

 

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Flysheets & Masks


Flysheets and masks offer protection from flies and mosquitos by covering the skin and eyes.  Flysheets and masks are helpful if the horse is sensitive to biting insects.  An added bonus is they provide protection to the horse(s) coat and skin from sunbleaching and sunburn.  (Light skinned horses are candidates for that danger zone.)  Flysheets range in price from $40.00 – $175.00 and masks range from $10.00 – $30.00.

In contrast to the benefit

 

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Natural & Non-Toxic Repellents


Concerns to human health give rise to alternative insect repellents that contain naturally occurring oils, extracts and herbs.  Tomato, marigold, eucalyptus and citronella are but to name a few.  These ingredients repel rather than kill flies, mosquitos, gnats and midges.  Natural fly repellents don’t usually contain carcinogens or potential carcinogens and range in price from $5.00 – $30.00 per bottle.

Let me repeat that!

 

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