We really enjoy getting out on the road and meeting with customers that have been with us for a long time and those customers that are brand new too! We love talking with you and hearing your stories about the new inventive ways you’ve found to use Bye Bye Odor and seeing how we can help you get fewer and fewer flies at your place each year.
These are great events and we hope you’ll make it to some. Please stop by and say hello! We have a gift for our customers we see.
Equine Affaire – From April 11th to the 14th, we will be at Equine Affaire in the Ohio Expo Center located in Columbus, Ohio. Take home a bonus bag of bugs when you place your Fly Predator order for the season plus our extra gift: Dr. Robert Miller’s Safer Horsemanship DVD. This is a lifetime of knowledge shared in under 2 hours! A must watch for anyone that works with horses. Also get your Free RMM cartoon or Kenneth Wyatt Calendar with no purchase required just by stopping by our booth. While at the booth check out the new best smelling fly spray for people and animals, Bye Bye Insects spray. Come try it and see why it is quickly becoming the must have fly spray. More event info at www.EquineAffaire.com/Ohio
Midwest Horse Fair – We will be at the Midwest Horse Fair inside the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin from April 12th to 14th. Our very own Larry Garner is a presenter on getting rid of That Last Stinkin’ Fly. Come to watch his highly entertaining and simultaneously educational talk and don’t forget to stop by our booth and place your Fly Predator order for the season. We will send you home with a bonus bag of bugs plus our extra gift: Dr. Robert Miller’s Safer Horsemanship DVD. This is a lifetime of knowledge shared in under 2 hours! A must watch for anyone that works with horses. Don’t forget to swing by our booth and pick up your Free RMM Cartoon or Kenneth Wyatt Cowboy Art Calendar too! No purchase required. While at the booth check out the new best smelling fly spray for people and animals, Bye Bye Insects spray. Come try it and see why it is quickly becoming the must have fly spray. Don’t forget, this show offers a terrific big league PRCA Rodeo on Friday and Saturday evenings! More event info at www.MidwestHorseFair.com
Western States Horse Expo – From May 9th to the 12th, Join us at Western States Horse Expo’s new location at The Murieta Equestrian Center in beautiful Rancho Murieta, Ca. This show has the biggest line up of top clinicians. To name only a few presenters you’ll be able to see; Eitan Beth-Halachmy and Pat Parelli. Pick up your Free RMM cartoon Calendar just by stopping by our booth. No purchase required. Don’t forget to place your Fly Predator order for the season at the Expo and we’ll give you a bonus bag of bugs to take home plus our extra gift: Dr. Robert Miller’s Safer Horsemanship DVD. This is a lifetime of knowledge shared in under 2 hours! A must watch for anyone that works with horses. Dr. Miller (aka RMM) will be at our booth signing books, calendars and will have his other videos and books available. While at the booth check out the new best smelling fly spray for people and animals, Bye Bye Insects spray. Come try it and see why it is quickly becoming the must have fly spray. More event info at www.HorseExpo.com
National Little Britches National Finals Rodeo – From July 2nd to July 7th we’ll be at the National Little Britches Finals in Guthrie, OK. Little Britches is a youth rodeo associations for kids ages 5 – 18. The finals are the top qualifiers from 26 states across the nation. We are proud to be a sponsor of this fine organization with the aim of developing character, self-reliance, good sportsmanship and encouragement through competition in the great sport of rodeo for western youth. You’ll likely see future NFR competitors at this event. More information is at nlbra.com.
Horse Expo Pomona – From October 8th to 9th, we will be at the Fairplex in Pomona, California for the Horse Expo. This is the southern version of the two largest California horse shows. Western States Horse Expo near Sacramento in May is the other big show and we’ll be there too! Horse Expo offers great presentations, demonstrations, competitions, the Young Rider Park, Art, Trucks and Trailers galore plus much more. Pat Parelli and Richard Winters will be presenting. Place your Fly Predator order for the season and take home a bonus bag of bugs plus our extra gift: Dr. Robert Miller’s Safer Horsemanship DVD. This is a lifetime of knowledge shared in under 2 hours! A must watch for anyone that works with horses. Stop by our booth and receive your Free RMM Cartoon Calendar autographed by Dr. Miller or Kenneth Wyatt Cowboy Art Calendar with no purchase required. While at the booth check out the new best smelling fly spray for people and animals, Bye Bye Insects spray. Come try it and see why it is quickly becoming the must have fly spray. More info at www.HorseExpoEvents.com
Cowboy Dressage World Top Hand Finals- From October 8th to the 13th we be attending the Cowboy Dressage World Top Hand Finals at Rancho Murrieta equestrian center. We are proud to be sponsoring this organization and the discipline. Come join us for a fun event. If you have not heard of Cowboy Dressage World please check the cool things they are doing. https://cowboydressageworld.com/
Equine Affaire – From November 7th to 10th we will be at the Eastern State Exposition Center, West Springfield Massachusetts. This is the largest equine event in the country with dozens of presenters. Come by our booth to get your FREE 2019 Cowboy Art and Cartoon Calendars that will be fresh of the press. While at the booth check out the new best smelling fly spray for people and animals, Bye Bye Insects spray. Come try it and see why it is quickly becoming the must have fly spray. More information at www.equineaffaire.com
ZAA- From November 15th to 18th we will be attending the Zoological Association of America’s annual conference. We enjoy helping zoos keeping their animals fly free and happy. From Rhinoceroses to Zebras to Monkeys we can keeps the flies away. This year it will be in Montgomery, AL.
AAEP – From December 7th to 11th we will be at the American Association of Equine Practitioners 64th Convention, in Denver, CO. This is the show that many equine Veterinarians attend each year for seminars and education. As Lyle Lovett said a few years ago when he performed here… “This is the week that horse owners say a little prayer for their animals. Please don’t get sick during AAEP”. More information at http://www.aaep.org/
23rd Annual World’s Richest Calf Roping and Invitation Barrel Race - From December 31st to January 1st we’ll be in Tulsa Oklahoma at the event that Mike and Sherrylynn Johnson produce that literally is the World’s Richest Calf Roping. I guess that what happens when you have a 23 time NFR qualifier tie down roper and 4 time NFR qualifier barrel racer running the deal. At this event you’ll see the best of the best on Saturday as well as a Junior event on Sunday that is the best of rodeo’s future stars. It’s a really fun event. Free live video streaming if you can’t make it. More info at http://www.johnsonsportline.com
Deer flies are water breeders and can travel long distances, making them impossible to control in their larval stages. However, there are a few ways to help keep them away from you. BugPellent Gel is a good repellent if they are bothering you while out riding. If they bother you more in a specific spot, such as near a pool or in a back yard, etc., then a trap may be another way to go. There are traps that you can build yourself. You can search online for plans to build the home made version by searching for Manitoba Trap. For deer flies, another trap that works pretty well is to get something like a kickball and paint it blue (deer flies are particularly attracted to blue), then cover the ball in a product called Tanglefoot (you can usually find this at places like HomeDepot), then hang the sticky blue ball in a tree near where you spend time.
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It is a common and widespread belief that horses, being a flighty prey species, automatically fear predatory species. It seems logical to believe this.
The horse is a prey species. It is a grazing creature that, in the wild, always lives in herds on grasslands. It evolved millions of years ago surrounded by hungry predators mainly of the dog and cat family. This included wolves, lions and saber-toothed tigers.
Unlike many grassland prey species, such as wild cattle, sheep, goats, rhinoceros, and elephants, the horse is equipped with neither horns nor tusks. Its primary defense is flight. The horse’s anatomy and its physiology are designed to sprint from perceived danger.
What precipitates flight is the perception of predation, not the presence of a predator.
I became aware of this for the first time in 1949 when the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus came to Tucson. I was amazed to see a full-grown Bengal Tiger riding on the back of a horse. “How is such a thing possible?” I thought. “Doesn’t the horse, a prey animal, automatically fear a tiger, a predator?”
I had seen wild horses that had never had human contact panic when a man first approached them in a pen. That seemed “normal”. In time I observed that when such horses were approached by children, or most women, they were less inclined to panic. Why?
Similarly, when such horses were approached by a friendly, casual ranch dog, it did not result in blind flight. Weren’t dogs predators?
Predation usually take two forms:
I have been twice on veterinary safaris to East Africa. There one will see lounging prides of lions, a short distance from grazing herds of zebra, a close relative of the horse.
As long as the lions are resting quietly, the zebra, always aware of the lion’s presence, do not flee.
But, if a lion arises and stretches, the zebra focuses on it. If the lion then casually moves away from the zebra, they go back to grazing.
If, however, the lion crouches, becomes motionless and stares at the zebra, they immediately prepare to flee.
I noted, long ago, that when stallions want to propel their range herd of mares and youngsters into flight, they assume a predatory stance. They lower their heads, crouch, and fix their eyes upon their “quarry”. This motivates the herd into flight away from the predatory behavior even though that behavior is being displayed by a fellow prey animal – a horse.
Thus I learned that horses do not fear predators. They fear predatory behavior, the stalk and the charge. So anything unfamiliar to the horse that is stationary is alarming. It might be just a trash can, or a discarded box, or a rock that somebody painted their initials on, or a resting animal that it has never seen before like a pig or a llama – anything! This is why horses may shy at an unidentified stationary object. It isn’t stupidity. It is nature’s wisdom. In its natural environment in the wild, this is how horses manage to survive.
Similarly, anything unfamiliar, unidentified that moves towards the horse, may be identified as predatory behavior, and for the horse, the best way to escape a predator is by flight.
If we respond to such behavior by inflicting pain, as with the whip or spur or violent reining, we establish permanent fear of whatever caused the “spooking”. So if a horse shys at a sheet of paper on the trail, it is thinking “I see an unfamiliar stationary thing. I had better run away from it or it may hurt me”, and then if we hurt the horse, we have confirmed its fear. And, horses don’t forget. Horses with poor memories did not survive over the millions of years.
If an unfamiliar object comes towards the horse, say a kid on a bicycle for the first time, or a hiker with a big backpack, or a golf cart, or a tumbleweed, the horse’s natural reaction is flight. It’s not stupidity. It is nature’s wisdom. It’s the key, for a horse, to survival in the wild.
Horses can be desensitized, with amazing speed to any sensory stimulus, no matter how severe, providing that it causes no pain. Thus horses can become oblivious to the loudest noise, the strongest smell, the sight of anything no matter how vivid, and the touch of plastic sheets or electric clippers, or ropes on its body, and even a tiger riding on its back.
That’s why horses were so vitally useful to mankind for so many millennia in warfare.
Once we accept the concept that horses do not automatically fear predators but they do fear predatory behavior unless they are methodically and properly desensitized to it, we can understand how to best get along with and communicate with horses.
We will discuss such methods of desensitization in a future article.
Since horses have infallible memories it should now be obvious how important the first experience of any kind will be to a horse, regardless of its age. The first experience with people, dogs, cattle, curry combs, electric clippers, wheelbarrows, flags, halters, bridles, saddles, foot trimmings, fly spray, motorcycles, crossing a puddle of water, whatever, will be remembered forever. If that memory results in what we regard as an unsatisfactory response, it can be changed. However that requires skill, experience, patience, persistence, and empathy. Anger, impatience, and violence will worsen the problem.
Now you can see why determined, aggressive rapid movements and a fixed gaze on a completely green horse causes the horse to regard us as a predator, whereas a casual relaxed, soft approach, halting and even retreating if the horses reacts in a frightened manner is the best way to initially introduce a horse to anything new. Retreat is non-predatory.
Later, after the horse accepts the new experience with the indifference, then you can gradually increase the intensity of the experience. As long as it doesn’t cause pain the horse can accept it.
Horse training consists simply, of giving horses a choice between comfort and discomfort. The discomfort can be mental or physical and it can be quite mild. It does not have to be severe. The ultimate goal should be 100% respect and response, but zero fear. It can be done.
In 1949 my father gave me a Christmas present; a pair of kangaroo cowboy boots. They were handsome but a size too large. No matter! I only used them for riding.
One day I was practicing calf roping. I threw a bad loop, began to dismount prematurely, lost my balance, and fell over backwards. My foot hung up in the stirrup, the horse veered, and I found myself dragged down the arena at top speed.
It was a frightening few seconds. Then my over-sized boot came off.
Many years later, I made a video called Safer Horsemanship (Video Velocity, 1999). It teaches methods of avoiding injury to both horses and humans who work with horses.
Because of my 1949 experience I included footwear. One of the recommendations in the video is to wear riding boots a size too large.
I am on the equine and veterinary lecture circuit, so I attend many expos, clinics, schools, and other equine events. Since Safer Horsemanship was produced I have had three identical experiences; all of them separate unrelated events. At each event an older gentleman came up to me and said, “You saved my life.”
I asked how that was possible. Each told me the same story. They had ridden all their life but, obviously, no longer had the agility and coordination they had when they were younger.
Riding a trusted and well-trained horse, it spooked on the trail. They went off, hung up in the stirrup and got dragged. But, because they had seen my video, and promptly bought new boots a size too large, the boot came off preventing serious injury.
Safer Horsemanship is based upon my experience. I started working professionally with horses at 15 years of age. In my twenties I became a wrangler, a cattle ranch hand, a packer for the U.S. Forest Service, a rodeo contestant, and, most important, a “bronc buster”, starting “colts” mostly four or five or six years of age that had never before been handled. Then, as a vet, I mostly did horse practice. I still ride.
In seventy-five years of working with horses only once did an injury caused by a horse put me in the hospital, and that was when a 90-day old foal ran into me at top speed and knocked me flat, injuring my knee.
However, I learned how to minimize the chance of injury, knowing that the equine, a flighty, fearful prey species is also very swift and strong, and highly reactive.
So that’s what inspired me to do a video on Safer Horsemanship.
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