All of the pictures in this post are from another ride last year. I didn't take any pictures today, ride was too short.
The weather was perfect today, it was 61 degrees at 9:00 this morning when I went to the barn to feed. After Gilly had eaten his oats I decided that since the weather was so cool and I didn't see but one or two killer flies that a ride was in store. Gilly of course didn't agree with me but.....who cares, you lazy horse, you haven't had to work for weeks and weeks!!! I hurried back to the house, changed into riding clothes and set about preparing for my ride. I knew that it probably wouldn't be a long one.
I rode only about half an hour, we did some trot work just on the road but didn't really have time to really get warmed up before, you guessed it the swarm attacked.
I had my crop with a shoo fly attached so I was swing away at them. I got bit several times on the back. They got Gilly on the chest, hips and rump. I probably looked like a crazy woman swinging the crop around and around and finally my arm wore out, I couldn't do anything with any kind of training. How can one, horse or human, try and concentrate with all the blood sucking/biting flies after us.
I gave up! When I put Gilly back in the field he ran to the safety of the barn....sigh...well, it was fun for the short time that it lasted.
The pictures like I said were taken last year but I did some altering them to make them look soft. Yes, Gilly has a bit on back then and I had the western saddle on him that I no longer have.
Can I splash just one more time???