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  • Originally posted by Texarkana View Post
    I always find these threads interesting, so I started another!

    Shires Fine Mesh Fly Mask with Fringe - Everyone feels to need to tell me how stupid my horses look wearing these. I think the design is really thoughtful, with fleece lining at the crown and on the eye darts to prevent rubs and give the eyes generous space. The fringe offers protection from both flies and the sun without the drawbacks of a fixed-nose fly mask.

    !
    I love these masks too. Have been using them for a couple of years now, and find that they really perform well, and last. I have one mare that really needs the nose protection, but most masks with the extended nose seem to interfere with her grazing/eating unless they are altered. This fits the bill completely. I like the Shires masks in general for good fit - have not lost a single one and have had them several horses.

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    • Originally posted by wildlifer View Post

      Thank you, I am now thoroughly entertained by my mental image of a trunk full of tiny, drunk spiders running into each other.
      It's a party every day at my barn.
      "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

      Graphite/Pastel Portraits

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      • Originally posted by ecileh View Post

        I use the vodka because a friend of mine who makes theatre costumes recommended it over alcohol for not damaging fabrics and I figured it might also not damage the glue/foam in helmets, not because it's cheaper than rubbing alcohol.
        I didn't realize the rubbing alcohol could break down the fabric. Now I feel like I should get some vodka and peppermint!

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          For all the Tiger Tongue fans... you convinced me to try one! A local tack store had them on display and I picked one up. I think I like it more than my cactus cloth!
          Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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          • i finally installed good fans in my stalls. i went with 18" durafan. i believe it has enhanced my fly control situation as well. they came out to $150/fan with shipping

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            • Originally posted by EquestrianRunner View Post

              I didn't realize the rubbing alcohol could break down the fabric. Now I feel like I should get some vodka and peppermint!
              OR peppermint flavored vodka! All in one lol! Also the bottle is scratch and sniff...

              https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&sour...64159472073256

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              • For fly spray I use a pressurized sprayer - https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
                My hand hurts after doing 3 horses all at once otherwise.

                For barn chores I use my old scrub pants - long for protection, great pockets, very light. Also great to keep breeches clean - you can buy then in any size/color you can imagine. Cherokee is my favorite brand - you can get petite length, regular or tall.

                Not especially a summer item, but decent bandage scissors are perfect for hay twine, opening bags, and cutting off dressings.

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                • I just got my Geek Aire fans today. I am so excited and wanted to thank you, Texarkana!!!

                  I decided on two of the 12" models since I wanted to purchase 2 for my trailer. Since I'm an eventer, I loved the idea of being able to use them outside to help speed up cooling my horse after xc. I think I will also be able to secure them in the trailer while traveling as well.

                  I can't report on how long the quiet mist fly sprayer lasts yet but I will say that my gelding does not mind me spraying him at all with that sprayer, so it's been a time saver over using the mitt.

                  I also wanted to mention the coolest breeches I've found for the summer is the knee patch Ariat Olympia. For full seat, Pikeur Lucinda grip are quite comfortable as well. I think having the grip rather than 2 layer full seat (like clarino, etc.) is much cooler.
                  http://thepitchforkchronicles.com

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                  • My new sensitive chestnut OTTB HATES to be curried. No matter that I have a super soft one, she still hates it. I have an old grooming cloth that came from Millers (!!) but it is showing its age and I need to wash it from time to time. I had no luck finding anything similar until I was staring at the tea towels that we had at work and dang, they were sooo similar in texture! So I bought a 12 pack of textured tea towels at Kohls for $9 and my mare appreciates them a whole lot more than a curry. Because they are slightly textured, I just rub it in a circular motion like a curry and it helps dislodge the dirt. I am thinking of having them embroidered and several boarders have commented on them so much, that I am thinking that with embroidery, they would make awesome gifts!
                    My very allergic draft cross crossed the rainbow bridge earlier this year, but I learned so much about skin issues from him. So far, my mare has not had any serious issues, but with us being in Florida, I am very diligent to be on top of anything. Bye Bye Itch and Mud Defender from Hilton Herbs are by far the best that I have found to fix any kind of skin crud, from the itchies, summer sores and hair loss.
                    Lori T
                    www.calypsofarmeventers.blogspot.com
                    www.facebook.com/LoriTankelPhotography
                    www.facebook.com/LTEquine for product updates on the lines I rep

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                    • Further experiments with the mosquito dunks...

                      I use muck tubs in my stalls for water. Dumped and scrubbed weekly but otherwise just refilled daily. They're clean but obviously stationary, and I noticed I always have flies around them, and fungus gnats.

                      Put a quarter of a mosquito dunk in each one, in a little muslin bag.

                      Flies hanging around the water drastically decreased and gnats in the stalls are now a thing of the past.

                      Farrier commented today how nice it is to be in a barn without any flies! Apparently they're terrible this year everywhere else. So something I'm doing must be working

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                      • So rather than spend another round on the Mosquito Eradicator Tubes, I looked on line and found a recipe. I used 8 packets of yeast, 4 cups of sugar and 1 gallon of water. Boil water and sugar. Allow to cool. Add Yeast when still warm (100 F). Once dissolved, I filled the 8 tubes I have around the property from this year and last year. So far we still don't have any mosquitos and we are normally overrun with them.

                        I'm happy this seems to be working. I was somewhat disappointed when I called the company and was told they don't just sell a packets of the mix so I could just reuse the tubes.

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                          Originally posted by jawa View Post

                          I'm happy this seems to be working. I was somewhat disappointed when I called the company and was told they don't just sell a packets of the mix so I could just reuse the tubes.
                          I suspect they don't because the "mix" is so simple and people would surely figure it out, so they make a big deal out of needing to replace the tubes in their instructions to keep people buying them.
                          Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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                          • Originally posted by Texarkana View Post

                            I suspect they don't because the "mix" is so simple and people would surely figure it out, so they make a big deal out of needing to replace the tubes in their instructions to keep people buying them.
                            The reason I was given for "not selling replacement mix" so you can just reuse the tubes.....They didn't want people to just dump the contents and cause an environmental issue. ???? Their website touts it as environmentally safe and that it is a "special" yeast that works for 3 months.

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                            • Originally posted by jawa View Post
                              So rather than spend another round on the Mosquito Eradicator Tubes, I looked on line and found a recipe. I used 8 packets of yeast, 4 cups of sugar and 1 gallon of water. Boil water and sugar. Allow to cool. Add Yeast when still warm (100 F). Once dissolved, I filled the 8 tubes I have around the property from this year and last year. So far we still don't have any mosquitos and we are normally overrun with them.

                              I'm happy this seems to be working. I was somewhat disappointed when I called the company and was told they don't just sell a packets of the mix so I could just reuse the tubes.
                              Genius! Thank you!
                              Kick On

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                              • Originally posted by Moogles View Post

                                OR peppermint flavored vodka! All in one lol! Also the bottle is scratch and sniff...

                                https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&sour...64159472073256
                                that might not be good because I might just want to drink that

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