• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

horse hair fly whisks

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • horse hair fly whisks

    Hi

    I've been thinking of getting a horse hair wisk to help chase away the flys when I'm trail riding. Does anyone on here use one? What do you like or don't like about yours. I did a google search on them there seem to be several different styles. Some have long handles, some have short handles. and of course different makes have different lengths of horse hair. I saw a nice one in the Smartpak website, but I wasn't sure if the long handle makes it cumbersom to use/carry.

    If you use one I would love to hear if your like it or don't like it.
    Last edited by trail-rider; Feb. 25, 2008, 04:27 PM. Reason: spelling

  • #2
    Both of the fly whisks on the Smart Pak site are standard types. I carry one in the summer because of the horrendous deer flys around here. I did make one once from an old dressage whip and a broken whisk. I had a mare at that time with an extremely long neck and needed more length to be able to reach her head and face with the whisk. Now I largely just ride fast so the flys can't land! I don't find the whisk awkward to carry, just irritating if I need to do something else with that hand like sponge or clip trails.

    Bonnie

    Comment


    • #3
      I love mine. I have 2 and I like the one with the longer handle so I can reach the ears and the tail head. The one downside is that you have something to carry and the hair can get caught on stuff if you are riding in rough country.
      Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

      Comment


      • #4
        My horse hated it--thought it was another horses tail.
        Tater-my Western Sport Horse
        http://www.clipshack.com/5539

        Comment


        • #5
          Love these things and would not be without one

          I guess what we use is the standard - the tail hair is about as long as the full handle

          I find that if we are in a fairly clear area then I just let the whisk dangle from the handle aroound my wrist. But if we are in an area with stuff around us (bushes, brush, stuff to get caught on) I carry the whisk with my hand around the handle and the hair folded up into my hand. Its ready to use when needed but the hair is not all out there getting caught on everything.

          Some of our horse have taken to it right away and others had to learn it was to their advantage. Our old Hackney horse was great with just about any device that could be thought to enhance his comfort. Not our doing, but he didnt have much of a tail and he was allergic to bug bites, so anything that gave him some protection was a blessing.

          We had an antique string sheet to wear while driving that he learned to wear while riding too.
          Like riding a caparisoned destrier.

          Comment


          • #6
            For those who ride in an English or even an Aussie saddle..

            I added a tiny spring-snap to the handle's loop, and clip it onto a saddle dee.

            Like anything, you must get your horse use to it.

            Before you get on, that is.

            Best is to hand graze and start by letting him sniff it, then gently sweeping him. Then start mimicking his own tail.


            Start whacking away at him w/o any warning and he'll think it is a new kind of whip you're beating him with. And no, he won't like it.



            I've never seen a horse that doesn't like one, if he is properly introduced to it.

            Comment


            • #7
              I use one every summer. Usually just during conditioning rides, and I keep "duh'ing" myself for not bringing it more places.

              All I need to do is let Jake know I have it, then there is no issue. If I surprise him with it, then he jumps.

              I have pretty loud fidgety hands, (I can just hear everyone cringe- do not worry, I have just realised it and am working on it) so it takes some work for me to hold it with my reins.

              Only occasionally does it get caught in the velco covering of my half chaps when dangling from my wrist, or in the top buckles of my breastcollar.

              For places with bad deerflies, I would definitely recommend it!

              Comment


              • #8
                My SO carries one, and we pass it around (I hate carrying anything). He uses the standard size (handle as long as hair) and just sticks the handle in his tall boot when riding. They really work great -- both for the flies and for getting spider webs off your face.
                "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
                <>< I.I.

                Comment


                • #9
                  I have one with the long handles as long as the hair. My horse hates flies, so she seems to love the fly whisk. I carry it like a riding crop when not in use. It comes in very handy to ward off spider webs out on the trails.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    I have one with the long handle and it doesn't really get in my way. I just hold it like a crop usually, or if I'm riding Western I loop the loop on it over my horn. The clip to attach it to a saddle D is a good idea. When I go to get my horse from the pasture, I usually have it stuck in my back pocket, and Sam will go directly behind me and bury his head in the horsehair as he follows me out. (:
                    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

                    Graphite/Pastel Portraits

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I haven't used on in years...and loved the one I did have.
                      Any ideas where to find one..now don't laugh...reasonably priced?
                      <)__~~
                      <\ <\,,
                      The delicate and exquisite horse is itself a work of art.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        I got mine from the Stagecoach West: http://www.equineusaonline.com/

                        I didn't see it listed on their website, but if you call them, I'm sure they can send it to you--they have great customer service. They're also at EA Ohio and Mass. Mine is a reddish bamboo handle with a leather loop at one end and the whisk itself is black horsehair. Sheds some hair, but works quite well. I think it was about $13, if I remember correctly.
                        "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

                        Graphite/Pastel Portraits

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Running Bear has them for $20. Not as cheap as Stagecoach, but they're on the website.

                          I keep forgetting to bring mine, so I end up breaking off a tree branch and using that instead. Only trouble is I often choose one of those springy, fibrous tree branches that won't just snap off. I've nearly pulled myself out of the saddle a couple of times grabbing one of those as we go by!

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Thanx! I use the tree branch myself...but sometimes have difficulty finding a place to store it....which is usually in my 1/2 chap!
                            <)__~~
                            <\ <\,,
                            The delicate and exquisite horse is itself a work of art.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Some friends and I found one in the clearance section at Stagecoach and we were messing around with it (putting it on this one girl's head hehe) They were pretty silly looking.

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Mendin Fences View Post
                                Some friends and I found one in the clearance section at Stagecoach and we were messing around with it (putting it on this one girl's head hehe) They were pretty silly looking.
                                I spent the entire car ride home with it draped over my head deciding whether I'd look good with black hair.
                                "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

                                Graphite/Pastel Portraits

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  I was given one as a gift by my BFF from her trip to England 20 yrs ago. I LOVE it.

                                  I dropped it in South Branch on a trail ride Labor Day 2007 and assumed it was gone forever, BUT Lucy and Ray THANK YOU THANK YOU for its safe return!!!

                                  I tied a bright pink ribbon to it, which is actually what ensured its return. It was identify-able.

                                  Now I may have to purchase another one b/c I am too afraid of losing this one again - my BFF passed away in 2005. I was heart sick when I lost it.
                                  Crayola posse ~ Lazer Lemon yellow
                                  Take time to give...it is too short a day to be selfish. - Ben Franklin

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by KCFoxy View Post
                                    ...Any ideas where to find one........reasonably priced?
                                    I make flywhisks using knitting yarn. I make a long tassle (think a little longer than graduation diploma tassle size) and attach them to the end of a long riding crop that usually costs around $5-$6. They work fine, and when they fall apart, get stepped on or lost, I just make another one.

                                    Comment


                                    • #19
                                      I have one and they're geat. My horse is bug phobic and freaks out at the mere mention of a bug so I needed one! I stash it in the gullet of my saddle and can whip it out on a hurry if I have to. I dont like carrying it all the time. My horse doesnt mind it, I drape it over his head and tell him how sexy he looks with long blonde hair.

                                      Comment


                                      • #20
                                        Awesome fly whisks

                                        Originally posted by trail-rider View Post
                                        Hi

                                        I've been thinking of getting a horse hair wisk to help chase away the flys when I'm trail riding. Does anyone on here use one? What do you like or don't like about yours. I did a google search on them there seem to be several different styles. Some have long handles, some have short handles. and of course different makes have different lengths of horse hair. I saw a nice one in the Smartpak website, but I wasn't sure if the long handle makes it cumbersom to use/carry.

                                        If you use one I would love to hear if your like it or don't like it.
                                        I have an awesome fly whisk that I got from Virginia Whip Works! I use it whenever I ride and it really keeps the flies off my boy Frisco. This fly whisk is custom so it is made with my horse's hair (I sent it in and they put it custom in the whisk for me) and it has his name carved into the handle! I love it and it was a very good price for me, since I wasn't looking to spend way too much. Their website is http://virginiawhipworks.com in case you or anyone else is interested. Hope this helps!

                                        Comment

                                        Working...
                                        X