Creepy Crawlies

Do you do anything to keep pregnant mares away from caterpillars on your farm?

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Total votes cast: 447

Comments & Write-in Answers

No mares here!

5/19/2008 9:51:45 AM

all the caterpillars they want

5/19/2008 7:08:37 AM

I do not have trees with caterpillars anywhere that my horses can get to in the pasture fields.

5/18/2008 4:10:16 PM

Don't have caterpillars to keep her away from in the first place.

5/18/2008 3:44:11 PM

I dont mind I never knew that it was important to notice!

5/18/2008 12:04:56 PM

And you'd better not take any chances!

5/18/2008 1:32:39 AM

the place i board/work is not a breeding facility

5/17/2008 3:59:36 PM

When my mare was in foal, we removed trees the caterpillar nests were attracted to.

5/17/2008 2:47:06 PM

live in SE B.C. and don't seem to have a problem with them

5/17/2008 9:41:07 AM

I live in the desert.

5/17/2008 5:08:12 AM

I'm not having any new foals with the market and prices of fuel, feed, etc.

5/16/2008 5:03:03 PM

We don't have caterpillars here in our part of AZ

5/16/2008 4:36:52 PM

I don't breed my mares!!

5/16/2008 4:30:57 PM

My pregnant mares graze in a field with no trees.

5/16/2008 2:57:37 PM

We dont have many trees

5/16/2008 2:54:26 PM

we don't have any

5/16/2008 1:06:18 PM

don't have mares

5/16/2008 11:34:07 AM

It's just not a problem here, but if it were I would take action.

5/16/2008 10:47:36 AM

eliminate cherry trees and remove nests

5/16/2008 10:43:19 AM

We do not have many trees on our farm, none by pastures

5/16/2008 7:20:35 AM

i burn any and all caterpillar tents and destroy all of the ones we find on trees and ground

5/15/2008 11:30:55 PM

maintain a dry lot, muzzle if in pasture to prevent grazing, feed hay from reputable dealers

5/15/2008 11:06:21 PM

i'm not a breeder and have no mares

5/15/2008 9:38:44 PM

Don't have them here

5/15/2008 8:18:30 PM

We don't have caterpillars in Southern California

5/15/2008 8:04:26 PM

I d/n breed.

5/15/2008 5:22:35 PM

No caterpillars in our area (desert)

5/15/2008 4:39:36 PM

tent catapillers not in CA

5/15/2008 4:08:49 PM

cut any cherry trees down around pastures

5/15/2008 3:53:31 PM

Never heard of them, I don't breed my mares. It's my part in the prevention of unwanted horses.!

5/15/2008 3:43:06 PM

Everyone on the farm is charged with finding tent caterpillars early. When found, we deal with them.

5/15/2008 3:29:16 PM

These don't reside in Alaska

5/15/2008 12:37:17 PM

we don't have caterpillars in their pastures

5/15/2008 10:46:33 AM

I don't have problems with caterpillars.

5/15/2008 10:25:52 AM

I don't breed my mare

5/15/2008 8:56:02 AM

No mares on our property

5/14/2008 11:19:08 PM

dont have mares. never will

5/14/2008 10:16:51 PM

no bred mares

5/14/2008 8:20:34 PM

don't have any pregnant mares

5/14/2008 5:45:43 PM

my chickens won't even eat them. they don't even try to peck at them

5/14/2008 4:58:56 PM

no caterpillars in this drought stricken west

5/14/2008 4:45:45 PM

We do not breed -- there are enough horses already.

5/14/2008 4:21:21 PM

I understand they are problematic but not frequently seen in my area.

5/14/2008 3:01:22 PM

do not have pregnant mares

5/14/2008 2:16:15 PM

We have no caterpillar problems where I live in CA.

5/14/2008 1:55:21 PM

No pregnant mares on my farm!

5/14/2008 1:48:53 PM

No pregnant mares and live on West Coast

5/14/2008 1:44:50 PM

although I don't have any mares on my property I do have these pests removed

5/14/2008 1:04:52 PM

Have no problems with caterpillars

5/14/2008 12:53:33 PM

We have removed all cherry trees from access.

5/14/2008 11:54:55 AM

no mares in foal

5/14/2008 11:24:46 AM

I do thinks to keep the caterpillars from the mares

5/14/2008 11:14:52 AM

I will not breed any horses

5/14/2008 10:56:00 AM

Not a breeding facility, no preganant mares on farm

5/14/2008 10:21:44 AM

Don't have any pregnant mares.

5/14/2008 10:19:17 AM

We don't have a caterpillar problem at my farm.

5/14/2008 9:46:34 AM

Don't have breeding mares.

5/14/2008 9:35:37 AM

i have never had a pregnant mare

5/14/2008 9:03:55 AM

we dont have caterpillars here thank goodness

5/14/2008 8:08:01 AM

Never had problems with caterpillars and mares before and have raised foals for 27 years

5/14/2008 7:25:23 AM

I've removed trees from my pastures that attract them and cut out the tents at first notice.

5/14/2008 7:20:09 AM

2006 lost a foal due to MRLS in Virginia. Didn't think it could happen to me since I knew about this

5/14/2008 5:49:17 AM

I spray with a bacteria that consumes the catepillars but is harmless to animals and birds.

5/14/2008 1:57:56 AM

None in our area. Have never seen them

5/14/2008 1:48:53 AM

i like horses

5/14/2008 1:21:18 AM

I haven't seen a caterpillar since we moved to the desert outside Phoenix, AZ!

5/14/2008 12:38:15 AM

burn the nests cut down cherry trees

5/14/2008 12:23:14 AM

Dont have any mares on farm but do have caterpillers so we spray with herbal insect killer

5/14/2008 12:08:47 AM

caterpillars aren't a problem in my area

5/13/2008 11:36:38 PM

I've never heard of this condition until now, will look into it as I would like to breed my pony.

5/13/2008 11:07:53 PM

don't have pregnant mares

5/13/2008 11:06:11 PM

Never knew there was a problem!!

5/13/2008 10:44:38 PM

We don't have either...caterpillars or pregnant mares

5/13/2008 10:35:50 PM

I just found some today in an apple tree. I manually pull them off and put them in soapy water.

5/13/2008 10:27:27 PM

We do not have any mares on our farm

5/13/2008 10:15:49 PM

Dont have any pregnant mares on the farm

5/13/2008 9:54:07 PM

Don't have any pregnant ones, but when I did have one, no I didn't

5/13/2008 9:53:46 PM

Carefully burning the nests helps to cut down on numbers

5/13/2008 9:25:06 PM

squish the catapillers

5/13/2008 9:19:39 PM

not to do so is utter foolishness!

5/13/2008 9:18:37 PM

This wasn't known when I had pregnant mares, but I would take steps now.

5/13/2008 9:06:43 PM

remove host trees from within 50 feet of fences

5/13/2008 8:57:08 PM

I have bred some very rare foals and I need to keep my mares and other stock safe from vermin.

5/13/2008 8:30:37 PM

No pregnant mares

5/13/2008 8:26:54 PM

I don't breed horse- please ADOPT

5/13/2008 8:22:45 PM

We do not have thowe kind of caterpillars in our area

5/13/2008 7:52:49 PM

don't have pregnant mares...or caterpillars

5/13/2008 7:51:52 PM

we don't breed

5/13/2008 7:42:10 PM

I am in the pacific northwest, do we have them here?

5/13/2008 7:36:33 PM

We do not have a catapillar problem

5/13/2008 7:14:13 PM

I burn every nest I find, Always have.

5/13/2008 6:47:01 PM

Live in Southern CA. Don't have them

5/13/2008 6:42:36 PM

No caterpillars on my property.

5/13/2008 6:36:44 PM

"No breeding" where i keep my mare but, i would quickly remove her from the danger, burn the nests!

5/13/2008 6:25:54 PM

Thanks for alerting northern Vermont

5/13/2008 6:19:33 PM

no pregnant mares in herd

5/13/2008 6:10:32 PM

caterpillars - give me a break - do we look stupid - it's a coverup by the mfg. of west nile vaccine

5/13/2008 5:52:32 PM

Not a ptoblem in our region

5/13/2008 5:50:28 PM

Don't have mares, don't have caterpillars (desert).

5/13/2008 5:40:35 PM

we don't have that big a problem with them

5/13/2008 5:24:22 PM

kill ALL catepillars!

5/13/2008 4:58:42 PM

no tent caterpillars in Utah

5/13/2008 4:45:08 PM


5/13/2008 4:42:48 PM

We live in Az. and don't have many caterpillars.

5/13/2008 4:07:27 PM

Not a problem in northern Canada

5/13/2008 4:06:42 PM

I don't breed my horses.

5/13/2008 4:01:30 PM

We don't have them in our area

5/13/2008 3:45:09 PM

I don't breed or have caterpillars so the topic is moot regarding such.

5/13/2008 3:39:34 PM

don't have any mares

5/13/2008 3:16:04 PM

cut the nests out and burn them.

5/13/2008 3:08:06 PM

Have a gelding and AZ does not have that many caterpillars, or lat least where I board

5/13/2008 2:49:53 PM

I inspect all trees and bushes on my place and destroy the caterpillars.

5/13/2008 2:49:52 PM

I have no preganant mares

5/13/2008 2:39:12 PM

no pregnant mares

5/13/2008 2:38:46 PM

Only have geldings

5/13/2008 2:23:07 PM

Destroy any web nests seen usually on tree branches

5/13/2008 2:18:56 PM

i fed fastrack to all of my horses during the mrls outbreaks and suffered one early fetal loss.

5/13/2008 2:17:37 PM

I removed/relocated all cherry trees; I prune overhanging limbs regularly & remove caterpillar nests

5/13/2008 2:16:41 PM

I don't breed my horse

5/13/2008 9:52:57 AM