Are you wondering why your Fly Predators haven't hatched yet and want to know how to help them hatch quicker? Jess our Fly Predator Scientist has the answers...
Why Fly Predator Hatch Times Vary
The species that comprise Fly Predators have a life cycle that is very dependent on overall average temperatures. At ideal conditions (around 85°F) it takes a minimum of 2 weeks for the Fly Predator to develop from egg to adult. At much cooler temperatures, they can take 6 weeks or more to hatch.
Generally, we try to send out Fly Predators that have already been incubated for about a week, so that in the warm summer months, they will begin hatching within 5 days of arrival. However, temperatures during travel and temperatures where they are being kept can have large impacts on how quickly Fly Predators hatch. During the first shipment of the season, it’s not unusual for your Fly Predators to take 10 to 14 days after arrival to emerge. It’s much faster than that during the heat of August.
How Do I Help My Fly Predators Hatch Quicker?
If your weather is warm and you want to make sure your Fly Predators hatch as quickly as possible, keep them at a consistently warm temperature once you receive them. Don’t put them in direct sun as this can make them too hot while in the bag. On top of a refrigerator is a cozy place, but write a note so you don’t forget them.
If your weather is cooler than normal, particularly if you have a chance of freezing night time temperatures, you will want to slow down the hatching of your Fly Predators. If they traveled through cool temperatures on their way to you (which often happens in the early spring and late fall), even once kept consistently warm, it may take 2 weeks or more for your Fly Predators to hatch. If kept outside once they arrive, and night time temperatures are still falling down into the 50’s, this could also result in delayed hatching, even if daytime temperatures are getting into the 70’s or higher. You can match the speed of emergence to match your weather, which is also how quickly your pest flies will be emerging.
Bottom line: don’t worry if your Fly Predators don’t hatch right away in the spring and fall. Try to keep them in a consistently warm location, such as on top of a refrigerator or other electrical appliance that generates a little heat (just don’t cook them).
The 7th annual Cowboy Dressage World Gathering and Show recently wrapped at Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center in Northern California. This year’s poster states “Find your Clan, Find your Tribe, Find your Family” and it seems like that’s what everyone did. Most horse competitions are just that, a competition. I’m a traditional Dressage rider and technically you and your horse are in competition with yourselves, as a team, to get the best points possible. As I understand it, Cowboy Dressage is similarly scored yet, more often than not, at competitions we compete with others for 1-6th places and, at least stateside, it’s occasionally... as the levels increase the comradely decreases. It’s true there is not an “I“ in the word team yet only 1 person can step on that middle podium. It was so refreshing to hear what a caring, friendly, and supportive environment the Cowboy Dressage folks have fostered in their annual event. "A great description of Cowboy Dressage that I heard from Jill von Iltun, one of the Judges," says Tom Spalding, "is that every horse owner loves their horse, but not all competition horses love their rider. At Cowboy Dressage the horses do love their rider." Cowboy Dressage is for everyone and anyone who loves horses whether you’re interested in riding or spectating!
What is Cowboy Dressage?Cowboy Dressage World started as a partnership between, Debbie and Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Lyn Ringrose-Moe, and Garn Walker but now has thousands of enthusiasts. This group came together because of a shared passion for Cowboy Dressage. They are dedicated to educating the public about Cowboy Dressage and the benefits it holds for the Western horse. You will find them together or apart presenting clinics and supporting Cowboy Dressage competitions. Cowboy Dressage is a combination of the best of both worlds: Traditional Western and Classical Horsemanship. To learn more about Cowboy Dressage check out their website at cowboydressageworld.com.About This Year’s Cowboy Dressage WorldCowboy Dressage is still one of the fastest growing equestrian disciplines in America. This year’s Cowboy Dressage World Gathering & Finals had more entries than last year! The gathering was host to over 1,100 rides running in 4 rings for 4 days! Spalding Labs own, Tom Spalding, was on hand and captured some terrific sound bytes speaking with judges, trainers, and riders so check our Facebook and Instagram for those wonderful tidbits.Moreover, what is riding in lightness?“Lightness" represents the highest achievement between horse and rider. There are no short cuts on the road to its success. It is a pure partnership built on trust and reward. Lightness is accomplished when full use of the riders correct aids have maintained the horse in balance, cadence and carriage. When a horse is taught to "balance himself" and not rely on the riders hands to hold him in frame, lightness occurs. Lightness begins with the lead rope. From there to the advanced horse, it is a long, exciting, and rewarding journey. The feel of “lightness" is like no other. It, in itself is the reward.
Photos © credit Maria Marriott Photography
With animal people, like our team at Spalding Labs, there's usually some of us that enjoy the fun dress up our animal opportunity this time of year. Here's just a few picts that should bring a smile and at least one or two "Awwwww!" so enjoy!
Dakota's kitties! This bag of bones "skeleton" kitty cat is named Kit. Watch out for this furry feline come Halloween night. Tuxedo kitties are well-known for their tricks!
This adorable orange ball of fur is called Mochi. This holiday Mochi is sporting a happy Jack-o'-lantern costume.
Next in this Halloween menagerie we have Dawn's handsome cowboy Sterling. Sterling is 1 this year and definitely thinks she's people. Her human mom and dad are going to be a rodeo clown and a bull! Love this clever combo!
Here's some more adorableness from Dawn!.. Her daughter Gabby dressed up the whole gang as snorkelers! Too cute!
This is my little Izzy from last year. Do note, she is not a Patriot player. She is in costume as Derek Zoolander giving his signature "Blue Steel" look on Halloween dressed up as his favorite president (you'll just have to see the movie to get it). Hint, hint... Derek is "really, really, really good looking" but none too smart.
While not technical in costume, I have to share this photo of Dakota's pet spider. She has many really interesting arachnids in her pet family but I just love this picture of Regal Jumping Spider (Phiddipus regius) named Indigo!
Do you have fun photos of your animal family in costume for Halloween? Please feel free to send any (ideally with breeds and names) to us at email@example.com and we'll share them on our social media! Happy trick or treating!
I am a compulsive reader. Always have been. I keep a book in each bathroom, next to my bed, on the dinner table, in my car, several where I watch TV (I read during commercials), and I even carry my own books or periodical journals to my doctor’s appointments and even to fast-food lunch facilities.
So sometimes it takes many months to get through a book.
My colleague, Dr. Marcia Thibeault, sent me a copy of her book, I Make Horse Calls. I reviewed it and thanked her for it. I love reading other veterinarian’s books. James Herriot really started something!
Then, months ago, she sent me the sequel, More Horse Calls. I fast-read it and then, afterwards put it in one of our bathrooms for more casual, in-depth absorption.
Halfway through it last night, I was surprised to find myself in it.
Thank you Dr. Thibeault. Apparently you see that my imprint training method, used on newborn foals helps to produce a gentle and cooperative patient after they are mature.
An excerpt from More Horse Calls.
Luckily Sunny had been imprint trained, a process made popular by veterinarian Dr. Robert M. Miller. Imprint training takes advantage of a foal’s ability to learn rapidly right after birth. By exposing a newborn foal to potentially threatening stimuli, and showing the foal there is no real danger, the foal relaxes and a strong bond forms between horse and human. These imprint trained foals have less fear. If the foal is also taught to yield to pressure rather than fight against it, when it later becomes trapped, the foal soon finds struggling increases its pain, so it is more likely to stop struggling. They are also more willing to let humans help them. I hoped Pat’s early handling of Sunny was paying off now.
One of the things that I have noticed horse owners to be the most negligent about is foot care.
Proper and regular care of the feet is an essential part of good horse care. Now, that does not necessarily mean shoeing. Many horses are not worked enough to need shoes, but they still need to be checked regularly by a competent, experienced farrier.
For example, my horses and my wife’s no longer need shoes. I ride maybe once a week and, even if my wife rides daily, most of it is on smooth trails or on soft arenas, so there is not a lot of foot wear from abrasion.
However, we have our farrier see them at six-week intervals, year round. Hooves keep growing, often irregularly, and need to be balanced and trimmed.
Irregular hooves often cause abnormal angulation of the foot, excessively straining the structures of the foot, or in the joints and supportive anatomy above the foot. This can cause damage ultimately leading to lameness.
So, good horse care must include regular foot care including, if necessary, trimming and balancing the hoof wall, shoeing if needed, and sometimes corrective shoeing.
As I said, Debby and I no longer ride enough that our horses need to be shod. But, they are still seen every six weeks, and trimmed and balanced. Left untrimmed, their toes elongate, imbalancing the gait and stressing the joints.
How do wild horses get by without farriers? Well, they are in constant motion on an abrasive ground surface. That’s why wild mustangs feet usually look so perfect. But domestication is not the same as living in the natural wild environment.
Domestic dogs frequently require nail trims. Wolves, in the wild, do not. Right?
Many horse owners believe that shoeing is “unnatural”. Of course it is. But excessive wear due to domestication and hard work often necessitate horseshoes to keep the horse comfortable. For the same reason we humans often wear work gloves.
Additionally, certain breeds, especially the gaited breeds, often require special shoes. Also, many horses have either conformational qualities or pathological problems that can be helped and even corrected by special shoes.
Good professional quality foot care is part of the expense of horse ownership.
But, it is worth it.
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