Where There’s Smoke…

There’s Ruby, in there like a dirty shirt. 😉

Last night, close to sunset, the bugs were bad…like carry you away, drain your blood, drop your carcass for the horse flies to finish off, bad…B.A.D.

So, we lit a smudge for the horses.

As close as she can get…

I learned fast with Ruby, we cannot have a smudge fire with out it being inside the corral panels. The very first time I lit a smudge, I did it on the concrete pad behind the garage…figured it was perfect, because that’s where I had piled manure all winter. Manure smolders and smokes beautifully for bug control.
Well, Ruby decided to stand in the smudge, and then roll in it.
Now we make sure she can’t hurt herself, but still gets the benefit of the smoke.

So nice with out the bugs buggin’…

Even Astrid was enjoying the time without bugs all over her.

Oh, but the best was Ruby making faces…

Licking the smoke out of the air…

Absolute bliss…

Strikin’ a pose…

She stayed in the smoke for a good 45 minutes, and then wandered off to eat. Over the evening and well into the small hours of the morning, everyone took turns standing around in the smoke.
Doesn’t take them long to figure out that the scent of smoke on them keeps the bugs off even after they move away from the smudge.

Sharing with Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills.
The new round has begun, and all the prompts are highlighted in my post. 🙂

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11 thoughts on “Where There’s Smoke…

  1. kittiesblue says:

    Since I know little about horses, I’d never heard of this method for combatting insects. That one photo of Ruby gave me a good chuckle. Happy this helps them. Hugs, Janet

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    • WolfSong says:

      It works really well for them (as long as no one has breathing issues) and it’s long lasting…and we can set the smudge to smolder overnight, when I don’t go out and spray them with bug juice.

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  2. Toosh says:

    Nothing like a good smoke wash…… !

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  3. Loveyour shots of the horsein the smole especially the one with her tonguw out

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  4. Kathy says:

    Love this. I can’t imagine watching a horse decide to throw herself onto a soldering pile!!!

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    • WolfSong says:

      She has no sense of self preservation when it comes to fires. The big dummy. 😉
      At least we can do it safely for her now!

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  5. Amazing photos! She looks quite a character!! 🙂

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  6. Teresa says:

    The smoke makes for great photos! Love the shots. I was so interested in reading, I didn’t even notice a single prompt. LOL Thanks so much for joining Friday’s Hunt. Have a great rest of the week!

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  7. What great photos! I love the one with the tongue sticking out especially. So funny!
    Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

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