I have a problem.
There's a black widow in my Ariat terrains.
I know this because like any good country girl, I don't put my hands (or feet) in places that I can't see. And I saw it. It's fat shiny body. Before it crawled back into the toe.
Even in the absence of webs (and black widow webs are very distinctive), if it looks like a likely habitat for widows (ie wood piles and unused equipment) I assume that there is a widow until proven otherwise.
In equipment that IS used regularly, I don't generally worry about the widows....except if I see or feel a web. Then I go hunting.....
I decided to do some dressage. There was visible webs on my dressage saddle (wintec) so I did an check. Didn't find anything. I felt I got a good look in all the nooks and crannies and was able to get sunshine into most dark places....so I felt comfortable using the saddle.
I checked my boots like I always do for wasps or other critters that have decided to take up residence and saw....webs.
Have you ever tried to see all the way into the toe of a boot?
I shook the dead wasp out of the bottom.
Maybe there wasn't actually a widow in there, and like the saddle it was just webs?
I turned the boot towards the light and SAW IT - fat shiny body!!!!
BAM! BAM! BAM! I slammed the boot against the ground.
To no one's suprise, including my own, no black widow fell onto the ground.
But know I knew it was there.
My barn owner came over. She declared that there was no black widow (but I saw it!!!!)
My boyfriend unlaced my boot (which BTW cannot be laced up again because the laces are frayed) and stuck his hand in....quickly....and declared it widow free (but I saw it.....).
It's been 2 weeks. I haven't worn the boot since. My options are not good.
1. the widow is still in there and when I stick my (usually sock-less) foot into the boot it bites me and seriously freaks me out.
2. I some how squish the widow in the boot and my food comes into contact with squished widow. And seriously freaks me out.
3. I take apart my boot, find the widow, remove it with a stick and squish it. I then have pieces of leather that used to resemble a boot laying on the ground.
I cannot think of a way to GUARANTEE that there isn't a widow, dead or otherwise in the toe of that boot. And I saw it. I'm not making it up.
I am NOT sticking my foot into that boot without a guarantee of a widow-less environment in that toe.
I *might* be willing to stick a shop vac into the boot tomorrow and then declare it safe for toes. We shall see.
Anyone want to buy a pair of size 8 (or 7.5?) ariat terrains? One boot missing a lace.....
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