Nobody likes horse flies, least of all the horses themselves. So how do you get rid of them?
One method that has actually been proven to work is by painting white stripes onto a black horse (or vice versa).
Claudia of Germany used cattle paint to apply thin lines over her dark-coated horse – and it worked.
Flies prefer the flat kind of light reflected of simple, single-coloured coats. They are slightly deterred by bright white coats, but absolutely despise striped coats.
Scientists used sticky oil-covered cardboard cutouts to see which patterns attracted flies the most and the least.
As it turns out, thin stripes deter horse flies.
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8 More Genius Horse Ideas, Tips & Hacks
Put baby powder onto your horses white patches to make them stand out even more. For a longer lasting effect, run some hair gel through the hair first to make the powder stick.
Watch Tack in Your Dish Washer
Non-leather tack only can be washed int he top drawing of the dish washer. This is a great, easy way to clean things like bits.
Make Your Horses Photogenic
Want your horse to lift his ears up for a photograph? Find a video of horses neighing and that will grab his attention and get him to prick his ears.
Use Listerine to Clean Your Bits
Clean a gunky bit by spraying it with some Listerine and using a toothbrush to give it a scrub.
Fix A Squeak With Vaseline
If your tack is squeaking, find out what’s rubbing and wipe on a little bit of vaseline.
Using Old Baling Twine as a Rag
If you’ve run out of scrubbers, a handful of baling twine will help you clean up. There are hundreds of uses around the barn for baling twine.
Use Vodka to keep your help nice
Create a mixture of half water, half vodka and spray it into your helmet after a ride. The alcohol will kill the bacteria and stop the smell.
Soften Your Bell Boots With Warm Water
This will make them much easier to pull on and off your horse’s feet.
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How To Calm A Skittish Horse
Easy-to-frighten horses are skittish and can be difficult to work with. But if something in the environment is scaring your horse, there are ways to help your horse be more calm.
Researchers tested three different methods to find out which was the most effective.
The Fear Stimulus: A white nylon bag.
This research used a white nylon bag that was able to be moved along a line. This was found to be universally uncomfortable for horses, and provided a good test stimulus.
The Habituation Method
Horses were exposed to the nylon bag repeatedly until they had become more calm.
The Desensitization Method
Horses were gradually exposed to the nylon bag. The first stage was much less intense than later stages and horses only moved onto the next stage when they were totally comfortable with the current stage.
The Counter-Conditioning Method
Horses were given food rewards every time the nylon bag appeared. This intends to build up a positive association that overcomes the negative association of the fear response.
Most effective method: Desensitization
The desensitisation method was the only method that worked for all participating horses. It was the most effective, longest-lasting and fastest process.
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