We here at Midnight Calico Farm have been dealing with monsoons and bugs. Now we’ve moved into blistering heat. Let’s get one thing straight…I am not complaining about heat. No, we don’t have a/c. However…heat make ticks die, dries up massive amounts of standing water, and the sun is just plain nice to see after days of endless rain.
All that water came down in a matter of minutes. Seriously. Minutes. And, it kept going. By the time it stopped, there was no grass. Only water. And my garden was gone too. 😦
That happened last weekend.
Before that, we were a bit muddy. A little boggy, and a whole lot buggy. The picture below is from the craziness that ensued right before the storms started.
Ruby is afraid of the fly spray. It’s because she’s had no experience with it prior to coming Home. I tend to use a rag-when rags aren’t evil and trying to kill her-to wipe it on. Or my hand. Sometimes, she just won’t let me fly spray her at all, and uses mud to control the bugs. That’s fine, but I still have to groom the mud off every day. It’s not good for her skin to leave her muddy all. the. time. So, the routine goes…light the smudge (outside the pasture), groom the Ruby, watch the Ruby re-coat herself in mud.
Even with frequent application of bug spray, the girls are still suffering. There’s just so many freaking bugs! It’s all the standing water. After I cleaned her coat as best as she’d let me, I rubbed Wipe into her coat (best fly spray ever!!) and the swelling came down. Most likely because the Wipe was cool when I put it on her.
You can see all the mosquitoes on their faces. This is after wiping them down with Wipe.
Finally, though, last week, the rains stopped and the sun came out. Now we have the pleasure (she said sarcastically) of dealing with muddy hooves, day and night. That means picking out twice a day and treating for thrush. The thrush treatment is 90% preventative, just because they are living in super muddy conditions right now.
And so my final picture for you is of Sable and Astrid, after a hoof care session. Tired and sleepy. Relaxed and happy.