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EHV-1 A cause for concern?


Anybody that’s in the horse industry, lives on a ranch or farm, follows the show circuit, competes in the competitive arena, or just follows the western industry KNOWS that there is a very dangerous virus out there.  This virus is dangerous, but apparently not to us.  We as humans can’t contract the virus.  However, we can help the spread of it, if precautions aren’t taken from the onset.

The percentage of horses infected are on the rise and making a great cause for concern.

A cause for concern

 

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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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Insecticides


Alright, I have to admit that I’m taking more delight in writing this post than I probably should.    But simply put, insecticides KILL as well as repel bugs by disrupting the insects’ nervous system.  Ok, Okay.  Now I know that sounds really sadistic of me, but these buggers cause a lot of grief to livestock and of course it comes with a hefty price tag of deadly disease if they are allowed to stay and play with the herd.

So yes, it is shameful of me to wish ill will of these little buggers but facts are facts and any one in the western industry will tell you they just have to go!

Protect Your Horse!

 

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Love My Horse ~ Oatmeal Surprise


There is nothing I like more than seeing my four-legged friends smile … ‘er, I mean nicker. 😀

So here’s another one of the many creations I’d like to share.  I hope they bring you many nickers to.

OATMEAL SURPRISE

  • 1 cup Oatmeal
  • 1 cup Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 tbls. Brown Sugar
  • 2 spoonfuls Molasses
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Apples, diced

     Preheat oven to 350^F.  Mix all ingredients in order except the apple.  Form mixture into balls and smooch an apple slice into the center.  Make sure the apple is completely covered on all sides.  Place on greased cookie sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

HELPFUL HINT

After practicing at this you can take the apple and form the mixture around the apple. 

Another variation is to take a muffin pan and fill each cup half way, then place an apple slice, then place remaining mixture over the top of that.  Layering mixture – apple – mixture.  Bake time would remain about the same and the results would be a larger product but the nickers would be the same 😀

 

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