Saturday, June 21, 2008

Flea Fly Mosquito

Lots of rain leads to lots of mosquitoes here in Deroche. Tonka seems mostly untroubled by them, but poor Raven is covered in welts down her neck and under her belly despite our attempts to protect her with repellents and clothing. David finally suggested that we try Deep Woods Off, which works very well on us humans. I posted a question about this to the Health & Welfare section of the BC Horse Council forums and it turns out that lots of people do it. Everyone agrees that it might not be healthy, but they also agree that it keeps sensitive horses sane when nothing else seems to work. One respondent also suggested adding 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to her feed, which I have also started to do. The welts are already subsiding and Raven is looking much more relaxed. Hurray for deet!

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