Poor, poor Hetja is covered in horrid flies, all having a go at her. No one else is suffering like her. I don’t what it is. Maybe because she is nursing a foal she is more attractive to flies. Yes, there are flies about the other horses but Hetja is the one being attacked constantly especially around her legs, eyes and udder. I have been using a citronella spray on her but it doesn’t last long enough and I don’t want her udder to smell odd to Sóley the Foalie. It is a tough one.
So today I dug out an old fly mask we had used on a horse many moons ago for uveitis. I am not sure about the three straps at the top but I tied them onto the headcollar for good measure. The fly mask wasn’t perfect, but I reckoned it would do for the time being.
Lilja was babysitting her little sister (awww, **** sweet ****).
I went up to Hetja and put on her mask with a headcollar attached. She didn’t mind, not even slightly.
I admit that it is a bit work-in-progress and I check Hetja regularly. I will swap the headcollar over for a quick-release one.
Little Miss woke up and had a good scratch.
Lilja and Sóley investigated their mother’s new headwear. Lilja pulled Hetja’s ear out so I went back, returned the ear to its rightful place and had words with Lilja.
As long as the damn thing stays in place for a little while. Hetja seems happier too, which is good.
When I got home, I hit Amazon and bought a better fly mask with a nose-shield (against sunburn) as well, plus many bottles of Avon Skin So Soft. Let’s hope it all arrives soon.