I ate dinner early, as did the kids.. Got my clothes changed, sprayed with bug repellant. I caught Ransom, saddled him dressage, and as the mosquitoes swarmed, I realized we'd do a very quick warmup and work on nothing but walk - on the bit, off the bit, coming & going. But nothing much else.
He had a very brief warmup, I donned my helmet, and hopped on. By the other end of the arena, we were both covered in mosquitoes. I'm tolerant of the heat, I can handle some sprinkly rain, I'll even fight cold winter winds. But mosquitoes, I just don't do.
Rides are "on hold" until the monster mosquitoes subside. I hate that, but I can't force myself, or the boys, to concentrate while the needle-jabbing evil critters are eating me alive. nasty little bitches I hate Mosquitoes! Hate them hate them! Bad itchie allergie reactions that last at a minimum two weeks for each bite. I'm miserable when I get bit, and the more the nibbles, the worse I feel.
I unsaddled him, hosed him down, and added more bug spray. I'll be picking up something a bit stronger tonight, as the cheap spray I'm using doesn't seem to hold up very well. Even covered in monster mosquitoes, Ransom was still patient & easy going.. good boy!