Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bath Weather and Whale Watching

The weather lately has been good for baths and not much else: heat indexes in the high 90s with super high humidity as well. I've been struggling to not feel sick in this heat just walking around and cleaning Charlie's stall, let alone think about riding.

Yesterday I gave Charlie a full bath. Although he's been getting groomed and/or hosed off daily, his face was white with salt from the sweat so I figured why not cool us both down with a bath?

I figured it would feel really good but he wasn't too keen on standing still. I think he thought I was bringing him in for dare I make him stand still and get sprayed with the hose and not get any grain for it! I'm such a mean mom. Charlie did settle right down as soon as I took out the fly spray, though. He knows what that's for!

Post-bath, all shiny
After his bath I let him run around a little in one of the grass paddocks, which he enjoyed immensely. I chose one of the smallest paddocks so he couldn't get too crazy but I did have to stop him after about five minutes so he wouldn't get me in trouble by tearing up the grass.

I also stopped at Dover yesterday to pick up some more fly spray since all Farnum sprays are BOGO right now. I had been using Bite Free in combination with Bronco since Bite Free was meant to only be applied once a week or so (I am always afraid of chemical burns from overuse) and Bronco is fairly harmless for daily use, but it doesn't work great alone. This time around I decided to try Endure since it was getting really good reviews online. Plus you can't beat that deal! I'm considering trying a dietary fly control supplement if all else fails. Poor boy is so miserable :(

One a different note, today Kate, Kenny, Dan and I went whale watching in Cape Cod. It was fabulous! We had gotten a Groupon deal but even without it would have been well worth the money. We had a great time. Here are a few pictures:


  1. Whale watching is fun! I agree with you about the weather. It's been just bathes every day for us too.

  2. I add in bug off to Henry's feed.. it's cheap and seems to be helping. The flies love him too! He has a whole snazzy outfit (Fly sheet, mast and leg things- but refuses to wear they mask) too but I think the feed helps cause when it's too warm to wear his clothes, he's not going crazy from the flies.

  3. Ill be interested to hear your thoughts if you do the oral supplement. When you add up the cost fly spray isn't cheap!

    Whale watching looks like it was awesome.

  4. Im so jealous...I want to go whale watching so badly. Thanks for sharing.

  5. The whale watching is so cool! That's my biggest regret about new england - I didn't go whale watching when I lived there :/

    1. This was my first time but it has been a bucket list item for awhile...sooo glad I got the chance to do it!

  6. What a pretty nice place. I see that Scotland is a wonderful place to take holidays and go for a vacation. I'm a nature lover and I guess the place really is splendid. I've heard a lot on whale watching oban in their natural habitat. I'm interested in that too.