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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016

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Happy New Year

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Prickly Pear Jelly


OK, Trivia Tuesday, so I have to ask!  DID YOU KNOW, that jams, jellies and marmalade arrived in Europe, right around the middle ages?  No?  Don’t feel bad, I didn’t either.  Check this out… then let’s get on to the recipe!

There is some controversy as to where it actually originated, but it is thought to be from the Middle Eastern Countries. Being introduced to Europe upon the Crusaders return from there. 

The first book of recipes, Of Culinary Matters, was written by a Roman Gastronome by the name of Marcus Gavius Apicius. This book of recipes includes recipes for fruit preserves!

Marmalade is thought to have been created in 1561 by the attending doctor to Mary, Queen of Scots.  He mixed orange and crushed sugar to keep her seasickness at bay.  It is plausible, that the word marmalade derives from the words “Marie est malade” meaning Mary is sick. 

Now being the good Scotswoman / Irishwoman that I am (just to name a couple), and being a direct descendant of Mary, Queen of Scots, I would like to believe we have this delectable treat because of one of my ancestors. 😛

But it is much more likely that the word marmalade comes from the word marmelo.  Being of Portuguese decent, meaning quince (fruit).

NOW, you know… 😀

Prickly Pear Jelly

 

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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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