How do I judge that? That lack of stable flies in my fly trap. For some reason those particular flies seem to have a season. I don't know if they need the protein for reproduction or what, but that would be my WAG if I was guessing. With the reduction of stable flies, I'm starting to remove leg coverings and using Swat or Thuja Zinc Oxide instead. I think we're all looking to the day when the fly masks get washed and put away and no more doctoring. Not there yet, though.
This time of year we have plants that have seed pods we've always called stick tights, probably because they travel around by sticking tight to anything they come in contact with. We have at least 3 types and each one seems to have their own time to be a nuisance. Obviously there is something tasty where this type grows, it might be the plant itself, I don't know. Reba has had her nose buried in them for quite sometime, judging from the vast number of the little monsters on her mask. The fuzzy material obviously is a great gatherer. They have to be picked off..........one.....at a time..........SIGH!
This is one of the new masks Michele brought out to see how they will work. The material is really slick and hopefully not as "friendly" to the stick tights. So far, so good, she comes in with a few, but nothing like with the other mask. The mask had ear covers, but I had to cut them off. Reba has more ear than a horse would.........LOL Besides she's not a fan of having her ears messed with, I would imagine at some time in her life her ears have been used to control her. Love the design..........thanks Michele.
Have a woman interested in coming out to visit with Pancho and Pepsi. She recently lost a donkey she had for 15 years and said not only does her family miss him, but the neighbors too. Keep your fingers crossed. Right now Ruthie, Ruger and Wister are out on weed control duty, but the way our weeds are drying up, it probably won't be long until they come home. So if we find a home for the 2 boys, we won't have to put up another pen, right now the pens are full.
Pancho and Pepsi, dropped right in the herd, like they had never left. Pepsi actually moved in with the other 3 minis. They were a herd for years and he remembers. Pancho hangs with them sometimes, although he also hangs out with some of the jennies.
Speaking of jennies, this morning Pepper was up on Penny trying to figure out what he was doing up there. How the old buzzard can even get up there is amazing. I asked John how he got down, we're always afraid he's going to fall and break something. John said he just sort of slid down and his legs held him up. He's in a good time right now, eating good, moving good for him, laying down on his left side, so he can get up. He is such an interesting study, lately he's been coming in almost every time with the "A" team. That's the fast movers with Tula in the lead. It's a loose knit group, always Tula, Frijolita, Daisy and usually at least one of the boys, BlackJack, Boaz or Quilla. It's amazing that Pepper can keep up, he's usually in a rear, but he hangs in there.