Hi stockies, I rode my mare out today and so far (I've had her about three weeks now) she hasn't acted up for me (touch wood) and has been a real sweety. Today it was about 20 degrees, sunny and the flies were moderately bad. I aeroguarded her neck (never used aeroguard on a horse before but decided to give it a go) n shoulders. I took her out and she was good at first but when I trotted her made a B-line for the arena enterance. I tried to trot her past it again and she B-lined again. This time I walked her past and she tried to get out, but I managed to control her and keep her in. I then halted her and scratched her withers with praise. As we kept riding she was flinging her head around at flies and I decided to put her back for the day. In the stable she was stomping her hind feet irritated. I slapped her bum and growled at her (Should I do that??) - so I don't know if you should discipline a horse that is clearly agitated by bugs - and also if i should stop riding souly because the flies were annoying her? Will she learn to act up????????