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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 | Filed under Handy Tips


My camera took a header and my photos for today went with it.  Consequently, the page below may look a bit bleak.  Sorry!  (Sneaking off to Ebay to search cheap cameras…)

My huge discovery today is bittersweet:  Equilite Ricochet Horse Wipes.


I started to use garlic powder for the horses (insect repellant) this week which was about a week too late… (it needs to build up before it is effective).

Unfortunately, the flies decided to have their annual ‘coming out’ party today at my place…

It was totally gross.  In two of my pastures, the flies were so thick on the horses’ muzzles that I recoiled in horror when I saw them.  And, like a flymoron, I ran up to the horses and swatted – which made all the flies fly straight towards my gaping mouth. Double Yuk!

I do use Predators but I’ve only received two packets so far and the first one was a bit duddy.  Not too many came out of hibernation.  So, I think I’m behind the fly curve right now.


I ran down to the barn (black cloud of flies following me) only to find that I had no fly spray (I use Equi-Spa).  OH NO!!!  I furiously rattled every bottle of fly spray in my cupboard to no avail.  I didn’t even have any Skin So Soft or OFF!  I was naked of fly spray!!

And then I saw it.

As I threw all of the offending empty bottles of spray about the tack room, my eyes came upon a tub of Ricochet Horse Wipes.

OK, well, that thing has probably been in there for a year or more.  I think it was given to me at a Horse Expo, not sure.  Anyway, the tub sat there because I never want to open Wipes (of any kind) because they usually dry up in about a day.

Yay!!   I grabbed the tub and read the instructions.  It didn’t say FLY on it anywhere.  It said that these were to condition a coat..?  Hmmmmm.  My recollection was that they were fly wipes.   I looked a the ingredients and they seemed to be natural fly repellants: sunflower seed oil, citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, neem oil, lemongrass oil, cedarwood, rosemary oil and tea tree oil, alcohol (the stuff that evaporates fast… and witchhazel.

So, I decided to go with that.

I ran up to the paddock with two of the wipes in my dirty hand.

I grabbed Finn’s muzzle and swiped!

In that moment, the muzzlecorp of flies retreated!


I continued to wipe and wipe – the cloth wasn’t dry yet – so I wiped his entire body down.

The flies were GONE.

Wrigley and BG were watching nearby, enviously.  So, I wiped them with my second cloth.

I immediately grabbed another to work on Bodhi who was suffering an assault in the upper pasture.

Again, one swipe and most of the flies were vaminos!  There were a few stragglers with Bodhi and I don’t know why… probably because he is so sweet.  I wiped him down all over with a new, fresh wipe.


I was so excited to have such an easy and direct application – the ‘wipe’ that I had previously poo-poo’d – that I ran inside to find out more about the product!

To explain my disregard of wipes… for me, it never made sense to have a wipe because you could just spray a product on a towel or something and wipe it on – instead of paying the extra money to get the product in ‘wipe’ form.  Except, I NEVER, EVER did that.  I  never, ever sprayed any product on a towel to wipe it on.  I had sprayed product on a brush, but never on a cloth or wiping thing.

And to be honest, these particular moist towlettes were really saturated and they actually applied the fly spray well, instead of absorbing it – like a cloth would.

Hmmmmm.  I was selling myself on the wipe application!  I have always used a spray but this was so easy and I didn’t lose any into the atmosphere.

OK, so I ran back inside to look it up.


Yup.  I had had it so long, they didn’t even make it anymore.

I looked E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E.  And I’m pretty good at finding stuff… I guess any of us that still have this product probably have it like I did – on the back shelf, waiting to be used.  Aaaargh.  Why didn’t I know sooner?

I guess many of us are just like me – not ready to try a new way to apply fly spray.  Or, maybe everyone thought that they could just apply this to a towel and get the same results.  Or,  maybe people think that wipes dry up too fast – like I did/do.  We’ll see with this tub, since it is the last of its kind…

Anyway, I wrote to the company to see if they had any on their back shelf but I suspect they don’t.

I guess I’ll try the bottled spray some day but I really fell in love with the wet wipe of my experience today.


The last tub of this stuff in the entire world...



Remember the cheap Defender fly mask I told you about two days ago?  I said it didn’t fit well and I had to cut darts in the ear holes?

Well, today the fabric around the netting has come undone.

This was the photo that was in my camera before it broke.  I had my finger poking through – where it shouldn’t be able to – on this fly mask…

Sometimes a deal just isn’t a deal.  Do not purchase these cheapo fly masks from HORSE.COM.

Do not buy these $9.99 Defender fly masks from They are not the true Defenders.



I had purposefully not purchased one of these hay (flake) carriers because I thought there was no reason for a flake carrier since I could carry flakes fairly well.

And then I got some really loose grass hay.  Really loose.  I was beginning to leave a grass trail everywhere I went… which is good if I needed to reseed an area or reinforce an embankment… but I needed to do neither.  So, it just looked messy.

A friend suggested I purchase a Cashel Hay Handler.


I buckled an bought one.

This is me with my brand new Cashel Hay Hauler stuffed with three flakes of messy hay...



Here’s the deal.  It does work.  In fact, it works well.  You can load approximately 3 flakes into it and carry them off easily.

But for me, I have to take several more than three flakes as I walk around.  Although this device certainly does keep everything tidy,  I had to make more trips.

And, when you carry it, you carry all the weight on the end of one arm.  However, when you are holding flakes in your arms, you can balance them so they don’t feel heavy.  I found myself uncomfortable while carrying the three flakes in the carrier and leaning to one side or the other as I walked.  But if I carried them in my arms, I was fine.  Messy, but fine.

So, for me, I’d rather carry the flakes in my arms or use a wheelbarrow.

HOWEVER, I do think that if you have fewer horses to feed, the Cashel Hay Hauler is a very good product.  It does keep the hay where you put it and not all over the ground.

This is Cashel's photo of their product. Click here to go to their site.



I know I’ve mentioned Equionbefore… But there is nothing better than looking at your  horse in the Summer twilight and noticing their bloom.

Do you know what I mean?

That’s how I felt tonight as I looked at all of my horses while I was putting Norma to bed.  They have that incredibly healthy glow/dappling to their coats (the glow that makes my trainers jealous…) and they look all bloomy.

I reminded myself to come inside and relate this to you guys.

I love Equion as an overall supplement.  It just works.

Here is a link if you want to try it!


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May Bucket Fund! Nursemare foals! Click image!





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THE ECLIPSE! A NEW BABY IS BORN AND … maybe you shouldn’t buy the sale flymasks…

Well, today was the eclipse.

Did you see it?

Luckily, I had my engineer hubby here to tell me how to actually see it…  I mean, you couldn’t look at the sun (duh!) but there were ways to trick yourself into seeing it.  I had no idea what those were but Hubby was all over it.

Luckily, at exactly the bewitching hour, we were in a parking lot of a local restaurant.

Hubby quickly formed his hands into a patchwork (fingers crossing) and said, “LOOK, THE ECLIPSE!”

Then I tried to do the same and failed miserably.

So, Hubby ran back to the car and got some paper.  He cut out a pinhole in one paper and put another piece on the ground against the parking concert bumper thing.  He held the pinholed paper high up against the sun.    The sunlight that shone through the pinhole projected onto the paper on the ground a few feet away (against the concrete).  It clearly showed the way the moon was eclipsing the sun.

Very cool…  I took this pic.

Hubby was holding a piece of paper with a circle hole in it. The sun shown through it onto the white paper on the ground to reveal how the moon was in front of the sun.



OK, so a few days ago I told you about the Defender HORSE.COM flymasks on sale for $9.99 each.  I bought 5… I thought they were the regular Defender fly masks that I had purchased previously.  Ahem…

They aren’t.

They are kinda like those knockoffs that you don’t realize is a knockoff until you say, “Hey, is that how they spell it?  Wait a minute… something isn’t right here…!”

Yup.  They aren’t the true Defenders.  I don’t know what they are (because they have the same name), but they don’t fit horse head ears.  Maybe Llamas, but not horse noggins.

To be clear, my horses have average horse heads.  I mean, it isn’t as if I run a Draft farm here.  And after placing all 5 flymasks on 5 horses here and having all of them look at me as if I was insane~

Me:  Look, Mom got a cool deal on fly masks!  Isn’t this great?!

Them:  Sure, if you like your shoes two sizes too small… this is ridiculous!  These are CRAP!  If we move our ears they ride up!  Where’s a tree?  These things are coming O-F-F!

In about 5 minutes, most of the masks were askew or only on one ear.  Yup, they immediately started rubbing to get rid of the irritating fabric that was pinching them.


I spent about 20 minutes engineering the proper fix.  First, I took Bodhi’s mask (the X-tra Large – not) and cut a dart by one ear.  It kinda worked but it was too far forward.  So, I cut the other ear farther back. It fits now but it isn’t right…  He doesn’t care and the flies cannot get inside his face.  But, it looks kinda goofy.

I then cut all the others on each side of the earhole, back from center.

Most of them fit fairly well now.  But, I wouldn’t advise any of you to purchase them.  Spend a bit more and get proper fly masks made for regular horse faces.  (I get the feeling that these masks were not made in the USA…)

Obviously it fits this horse... but not my horses...




A reader sent this video to me and I had to pass it onward.  Amazing!  I know this isn’t a horse, but Spring is here and this is something you don’t see everyday…

Here is the link to the movie of the event!!

A foot emerges!


The body follows...


A long drop to the ground


Is the baby alive?! (Mom has nicely trimmed hooves...)




Nice. Mother Nature at her best.

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Click image to help the nursemare foals via the BUCKET FUND!



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