Ramon's Protection

Posted by F&S

We, Frenchies, were wandering around the farm the other day, when we saw Betsy leading Ramon out to a paddock.  Something looked different about that Friesian so we went to find out what it could be.

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Here comes Betsy with our pal, Ramon, but something is different about him.

1 Here comes Betsy with our pal, Ramon, but something is different about him.

Why do you suppose Betsy has him wearing that thing?

2 Why do you suppose Betsy has him wearing that thing?

Whatever it is, Ramon doesn't seem to mind.

3 Whatever it is, Ramon doesn't seem to mind.

Oh good!  Here he comes.  Let's have a little chat.

4 Oh good! Here he comes. Let's have a little chat.

Ramon!  Tell me about that headgear and how do you see where you're going?

5 Ramon! Tell me about that headgear and how do you see where you're going?

Francesca, surely you remember that this is a fly mask.  During spring and summer the flies become rather unbearable for us, horses, getting into our eyes and ears.

6 Francesca, surely you remember that this is a fly mask. During spring and summer the flies become rather unbearable for us, horses, getting into our eyes and ears.

And if you look closely, you will see that it's made of mesh.  It's rather light, breathable, and I can see through it!

7 And if you look closely, you will see that it's made of mesh. It's rather light, breathable, and I can see through it!

The brand is Cashel and they really know how to make a mask that fits!

8 The brand is Cashel and they really know how to make a mask that fits!

Ramon, that's pretty neat, but does it protect you from other things, as well?

9 Ramon, that's pretty neat, but does it protect you from other things, as well?

Glad you asked Sharkey!  It also protects against harmful UV rays, which comes in handy on those hot summer days.

10 Glad you asked Sharkey! It also protects against harmful UV rays, which comes in handy on those hot summer days.

OK, so the fly mask protects you from flies and rays, but do you have any equipment that protects you from other menaces, like coyotes?

11 OK, so the fly mask protects you from flies and rays, but do you have any equipment that protects you from other menaces, like coyotes?

Why, yes Sharkey!  In fact, that equipment is already built in!  If a coyote, for example, were to sneak up behind me, I would posture my self like this.

12 Why, yes Sharkey! In fact, that equipment is already built in! If a coyote, for example, were to sneak up behind me, I would posture my self like this.

I would then lean forward and kick like the dickens, sending that sucker flying!

13 I would then lean forward and kick like the dickens, sending that sucker flying!

That's some powerful move you have, Ramon.  I'll certainly be careful not to ever sneak up behind you!

14 That's some powerful move you have, Ramon. I'll certainly be careful not to ever sneak up behind you!

A wise thought, Sharkey.  Very wise, indeed!

15 A wise thought, Sharkey. Very wise, indeed!

Comments (9)

  • Good Morning Girls

    Ramon sure does look funny wearing that mask, glad to hear it keeps those pesky flies away. Sharkey I suggest you keep your distance from that big boy. I was getting a little nervous in the last few pictures thinking you were going to look like a soccer ball flying through the sky. He is one big horse!!

    Mom showed me the pictures of the sheep on Martha's blog this morning. Have to say T-Bone could pass for one of the sheep - he got all his fur cut off last week. The old summer buzz cut :) I bet those sheep love their new haircuts it must get awful hot under that massive ball of fur.

    We are expecting another beautiful day here in South Jersey. I've been spending my afternoons snoozing on the deck in the warm sunshine. Perfect Frenchie weather, not too hot with a slight breeze.

    Have a good one :)

    Zoe

  • Good morning girls and GK. I have not posted for a few days. I missed some good posts but I went back and reviewed them. Great stuff. GK, when you hear the words bath time, run like the wind. They finally got me. Actually, it felt good but I won't tell them that. They got a lot of old loose fur out of my coat and it shines and I look magnificent again. I even went to a dog show. I miss visiting with the dogs I used to compete against so they left me go to one show for some fun. It is a beautiful day so I think I will go outside. Enjoy the day everyone.

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Who is that “masked man,” err horse? It looks as he can see really good even with that mask on. Sharkey you had better stay clear of that end of the horse. Wouldn’t want you to be hurt by one of those big kicks. I hope everyone isn’t having the same problem I’ve been having. I couldn’t log on yesterday; kept getting a “error 404” message. Mommy and Daddy have been working in the front yard this past week and I have to stay inside and watch through the windows. Boy would I like to help out but they say it’s too hot for me with all my fur. Little do they know, my fur helps keep me cool as well as warm.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    First, I have to say that I am glad you are back Maddox. Now the boys are "back in town" with Kirby Bear and me. That horse business looks mighty dangerous. Keep your distance everyone. Never knew of the fly mask. Some of the people that live behind us should get one for their horses. Those flies are mean. I also looked at the sheep shearing with Mom today and that looks very intense--for professionals and of course, Mama Martha, only. It has certainly been a busy time as of laste on the farm. We are getting rain/snow mix today. A good napping day. Oh, has anyone heard from Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow? I miss you if you are reading, log on and check in and let us know how you are, please? Has Maddox even met her yet? You know along with all my friends on the Wag, she was a great support through everything with Tasha last year. Have a great day all.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Thanks for this fascinating, charming, beautiful blog post today! Sure missed seeing your post yesterday-all we got was Error 404-Not Found all day long. How fun to see Ramon in his mask today! Nice to have him explain and show us why he wears that mask. Big flies can sure cause problems for horses. Fun to see him show how to get rid of a coyote sneaking up on him. He sure can kick well. You girls get along so well with your friends at the farm! Lovely weather there at the farm, too. Hey Maddox, so glad to hear from you again. too! Hope everyone has a terrific day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Well I must have been the only horse owner that did not like these fly masks...they are hot, hot, hot...
    Ramon is a handsome fella and it's fun seeing him play with Sharkey...

  • Hi everyone!
    What a beautiful horse! My Mom tells me the horse flies are really big and it hurts when they bite. It's great that there is protection for the horses. I have a coyote for Ramon to take care of.
    It's going to be summery again today in East-Central Illinois. I think I'll take a snooze on the deck, too. I don't think the coyote will be out today.
    Your friend,
    Rebel

  • Hi Franny and Sharkey!

    Wow I didn't know that they made sunglasses for horses!

    What a kick that Ramon has! You sure are brave to get so close Sharkey! Me I like to see the horses from the comfort of my carseat! BOL

    woo woos, Tessa

  • Gosh the farm looks beautiful as always and Ramon looks like he is having fun trotting around in all that space. When I first saw those masks, I thought that they looked uncomfortable so thanks for the explanation Ramon.

    Sharkey you are one crazy...I mean brave doggie being that close to the high kicking Ramon. Franny wisely was far away. Looking at MommyM's blog about the sheep shearing was fascinating. Isn't it time for GK's new summer 'do too? I hope you repost the production equipment blog from yesterday again before those Error 404's kicked in. :wink:

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