One of the most effective ways to keep biting flies and other insects off of horses is to “zebra-up.” Who knew?
According this story in the Daily Mail, Claudia Wide of Whey, Germany has found that painting her bay stallion with a zebra-like pattern of stripes discourages painful horsefly bites. What’s more, scientists agree with her! They have found that black and white stripes are unappetizing to horseflies as they hate the way the stripes reflect light and prefer the flat light given off by dark coats.
Read the article here.
Speaking of flies, a garbage truck drawn by four Percheron draft horses has collected the rubbish in the small village of Bristol, VT for the past 14 years according to an article in USA Today. Patrick Palmer, self-describes as “horse poor” and apparently happy to be that way, uses his trash hauling contract to help keep his horses stabled and fed.
Article and Video here.