Sunday, June 28, 2009

John's First Communion Dress




Well it looked something like that when I first put it on him. It was a shiny very pale blue, and had a rather skirt-like rear end so as to cover his haunches well.

When I saw him Friday, he had managed to get some mossy vegetation stuck into his eye under the fly mask. The mask had prevented him from rubbing it out, so there it sat and there were little tracks of tears down his cheek under that eye.

So goodbye mask, at least for the time being. Plan B is the fly sheet, viewed above in its pristine state. I'll post the "after" photo later, when it is stained, torn, rubbed into snags, and otherwise broken in.



More proof that horse ownership is a bottomless pit of expenditure, at least if you are a worrywart like me...

14 comments:

Kate said...

Very handsome! He looks good in pale blue!

Breathe said...

I was very curious about the church service. Did he clomp up the aisle?

My horse also has fly issues, and I bathe him in fly spray regularly. I'm new... is there a reason you aren't covering him in semi lethal pesticides?

Or did i just answer my own question?

Once Upon an Equine said...

I'm jealous. John looks better in a skirt than I do.

Flying Lily said...

Kate: Thanks! Better than the pink plaid of last summer which got him teased on the playground.

Breathe: I do have an extensive collection of both toxic and natural fly sprays, but they don't seem to work very well over time. Or for very long...My home-made Skin-So-Soft stuff makes him make weird faces. I've got to get a picture of that.

OnceUpon: he does have a certain swish. :)

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

It looks very nice on him. Don't you wished they would stay looking that nice? Never gonna happen though-LOL.

We've been lucky so far this year. Haven't had to break out the fly sheets and masks yet.

Have you tried feeding him red cider vinegar? I wasn't too sure I believed it would work, but tried it on Moon-mostly because vinegar is good for the joints. But it really seems to actually keep the flies from bitting him as much. So I started feeding it to the rest of them too. But it has to be the red cider vinegar made from apples. White vinegar or the red vinegar that is simply colored white vinegar doesn't work. I use the Heinz in the smaller glass bottles. I looked at the gallon size and it wasn't actually apple vinegar-very strange right?
But anyway, if you give it a shot it just takes a 1/4 cup a day and takes a couple of weeks to kick in. None of our horses are picky eaters, so I just dumped the full 1/4 cup on from the start. But some people say their horses don't take to it and have to start with a couple of tablespoons and build up to the 1/4 cup. And of course, the old saying is-that if a horse absolutely won't touch the feed with the vinegar in it, it means their kidney's aren't functioning properly(???). Haven't had that happen yet, so don't know.:)

Rocky Mountain Yankee said...

I think John looks lovely. Keep us posted on how it works, I am debating getting one for my horse. Please drop by my blog to pick up your Honest Scrap Award: http://rockymountainyankee.blogspot.com/2009/06/honest-scrap-award.html

One Red Horse said...

Oh how funny, I stopped by to give you the very same award as RMY. You have now been double scrapped! Here is my "official" speech:

The Honest Scrap is one of my favorite awards circulating in the blogosphere. I enjoy it because it gives the blog writer a chance to share some little known facts about theirself. Please accept this award, drop by my blog to check the rules and have fun passing it on.

Pony Girl said...

He looks very handsome in his new garb! :) I haven't put my horse's fly sheet on yet...the flies haven't been bad since we've been using fly predators and he can be a little rough on them. His winter turnouts stay on great, but the fly sheet is trickier. I feel bad enough he's wearing a halter all of the time right now, want him to have a little freedom, LOL!

c2b said...

He doesn't look as stupid as I do!! Must admit I prefer him naked....oops did I really say that in public?
My human says the more she learns about horses the more she has to worry about.

Flying Lily said...

BrownEyed Cowgirlds: I am going to try that vinegar tip. Thanks! the flies are awesomely bad here this season...

RockyMountain and OneRedHorse: I am going to get Honest Scrappin really soon and thank you!! It will be fun.

PonyGirl: The fly predators do seem to work don't they?

C2B: :) I'll tell John you said that and he will be flattered!!

allhorsestuff said...

Tee hee he! Yea..I have the one that is ple blue for Wa mnare as well...but it goes up her neck and I call it her "Nighty"! It does help with the terrible biting deer flies we have that leave large welts!
The only part I need SWAT for is her underbellie.

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