Difficulties in summer with flies and horses?

Summer is wonderful, but… ..When it is cold, windy, snow and rain, we long for summer! Unfortunately, there are also others who long for summer so they can thrive, live and multiply and that is the insects!

They are there to keep the balance so the summer does not become too pleasant, there must be something unpleasant 🙂 It starts with the small, knob that are most found in the Swedish forests, then the mosquitoes come and you discover them most when you go to sleep and your legs itches so you go crazy with all the stings. The flies are most annoying, but then comes the worst, the horse fli! It is available in different sizes but the really big ones are very nasty and you understand that the horse gets hysterical when one comes humming through the air.

I noticed this the other day when I rode my horse and he suddenly started to buck. Then there was a big fli the size of my thumb and gnawed on his round ass. Not easy to sit still and at the same time lean back to push the nasty thing away.

I also find it difficult to kill them. You can hit them on the ground and step on them, it’s fine, but to mash them with your bare hands, I think is a little too disgusting when they are so big.

It is also difficult to find spray or something to bathe the horse with so they stay away, they are quite insensitive. We simply have to live with the scary things and try to ride early in the morning or late in the evening and instead fight with the mosquitoes and gnats:) In minus 10 degrees, you will not have such worries:)

Author: Anne Axell

I have helped many equestrians with their mindset and relationship with their horse, so they now are confident and enjoy the equestrian sport. Thanks to my extensive experience with horses, I can lead you to success in your riding. I have been actively riding the different riding styles,(dressage, hunter/jumper and trail) owened a lot of horses and have an equestrian business. l have also been breeding and selling horses for many years. I am a coach and trainer and have also completed courses as a judge. In addition, I have been a saddlemaker for many years and can advise you in terms of equipment and how it affects your horse. I can help you in 3 langauge, Danish, Swedish and English.