Hey Wolfie! Where Ya Been?

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.

For example…

Those are my new Sea Horses in my ocean pasture.

Those are my new Sea Horses in my ocean pasture.

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.

Astrid leads the Canter-Like-Crazed-Beasts parade.

Astrid leads the Canter-Like-Crazed-Beasts parade.

Poor Ruby. Trying to keep the bugs off. :(

Poor Ruby. Trying to keep the bugs off. 😦

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.

Our Sable got real muddy dashing about in the Crazed Horse Olympics.

Our Sable got real muddy dashing about in the Crazed Horse Olympics.

Poor Dork. Her neck is so swollen from bug bites. :(

Poor Dork. Her neck is so swollen from bug bites.  😦

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.

Ruby decided to eat the new leaves on the lilac bush.

Ruby decided to eat the new leaves on the lilac bush.

Which meant Cookie had to eat them too.

Which meant Cookie had to eat them too.

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.

Love that big soft eye on Astrid. She also has the start of the relaxed droopy lip. :)

Love that big soft eye on Astrid. She also has the start of the relaxed droopy lip. 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Hey Wolfie! Where Ya Been?

  1. gail says:

    we get bothered by biting greenhead flies around the shelter when it gets hot. i hate those little shites and the dogs do too.

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  2. Isobel Anderson says:

    And so the adventure continues. Such a learning curve. Enjoy the summer and hope the mosquitoes are not too bad.

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  3. Toosh says:

    I can’t imagine the discomfort the girls feel snorting up the -occasional- skeeter,yikes! How uncomfortable. But I do like the Sea Horses! Do you have Sirens, too? What else is in that ocean of yours….?
    The halter colours suit each girl. Stylish.
    Does Peavy Mart sell window units? 🙂

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