Not too much to report this week. We rode in our improved "arena". It's great, well worth the hard work. Much more comfortable for both of us. Enough room to canter when we work up to it :)
Super hot all week and the flies are over the top... targeting humans as well as equines. A relentless greenhead rode home with me from the barn, repeatedly biting my accelerator foot. It takes some coordination to swat (kill) and drive safely - multi-tasking lol...
I have been contemplating how much fly spray is too much. As someone who works outside, I try to minimize applying pesticides to myself. I cannot believe that putting poison on your largest organ on a daily basis isn't harmful, therefore I only spray myself up when it's physically impossible to work without it.
On the flip side, the non / less toxic pesticides also seem less than effective. I can't bear to watch my horse stomping and agitated. It's been so hot he's likely sweating away much of the benefit he's getting from the spray. We may have to try out fly sheets. Will be shopping around and getting recommendations.
Spent this evening preparing to travel to my trainers for lessons over the weekend. After packing the trailer, (don't forget the treat bucket please!) Val got a thorough grooming - he shared some grooming with me too. Oh, and he's getting a massage on Saturday - lucky boy! Off to bed so I can get on the road at a decent hour.