Where has the lovely sunny weather gone?! Today in not so sunny Suffolk it has been raining constantly since about half past nine this morning.
Luckily I have been at work in the shop all day so I didn’t get too damp. But in Blossom’s case, she is absolutely soaked (poor pony!) – I feel so mean as currently she hasn’t got a rug on. She did have her fly rug on, but I thought there was no use keeping it on while it’s pouring with rain.
I was going to put her rain sheet on but as it is British summertime it has just a little to humid for her to have it on – she had it on for all of five minutes and was far too warm underneath, so I decided she could go naked until the weather dries up!
She was happy after I gave her her dinner and a few treats and then went back to enjoying munching on some hay.
Hopefully we will get some nicer weather before the Autumn comes along. It feels like we haven’t had much of a summer! And it also doesn’t help that the days are going so quickly and the months are racing by.
If the weather is nice on Saturday, me and Blossom may venture out for a wander round the village. I may even do a little blogpost about it – keep an eye out!
As the weather was nice yesterday and I had a free day to do whatever I like, I decided to give Blossom a bath. She was such a good horse and was very well behaved – she stood quietly the whole time and was rewarded with a few treats (which she loved!).
I used the Wahl Oatmeal Essence shampoo, along with the Supreme Products Stain Remover shampoo for her tail. I found the pebble brush by Hy worked really well (along with a lot of elbow grease!) to work in the shampoo and remove any stains. I chose to use the oatmeal shampoo as it has soothing properties and does not irritate the skin like some shampoos, especially at this time of year when poor Blossom is covered in fly bites.
After I’d rinsed everything, I dried her of with some microfibre towels and the Multi-towel by Showmaster – which was really handy as it has hand slots allowing me to thoroughly dry Blossom and it also absorbed so much water.
I then applied some NAF grooming spray to her mane and tail, to make them silkly smooth.
She is now all soft and fluffy. And looks super duper clean – I wonder how long it will last!
Oh my goodness – the flies are terrible this year. Poor Blossom is covered in fly bites and is constantly irritated by them landing on her – I think I may have to invest in a fly rug!
I’m finding the best fly repellent at the moment is the Power Phaser Durativ Gel by Leovet – it’s easy to apply and you apply it the face too.
I’m currently trying out the Imperial Leather Original Talcum Powder, as I saw that someone on a horsey group I am part of on Facebook had said it works as it contain Benzyl Benzoate and Citronellol – which apparently helps with repelling flies. I am still trying it out to see if it works! I’ll soon let you know how it goes.
I’ve been putting a fly mask on Blossom most days to help keep the flies out of her eyes. I did try a fly fringe, but after about 5 hours of wearing it she had it hanging on one side of her face, where it was not doing it job!