Poll

Summer Worries

What is your top horse health concern for summer?

Infectious disease
7%
49
Mosquito-borne disease
29%
198
Parasite management
23%
153
Pain management
6%
38
Foal care (first vaccinations, deworming, weaning, etc.)
4%
26
Other (please explain below)
31%
208

Total votes cast: 672

Comments & Write-in Answers

Summer heat on an aging horse.

6/7/2010 10:32:27 PM

gelding with navicular

6/7/2010 8:57:35 PM

culicoides induced summer itch!

6/7/2010 6:58:44 PM

getting and keeping fat horse off the grass after all this rain. And dealing with the heat!

6/7/2010 3:30:53 PM

Weight and grass consumption

6/7/2010 3:12:03 PM

However, I don't have a foal every year, then its weight contol of pastured non-working horses

6/7/2010 3:11:46 PM

Summer sores and reaction to insect bites/stings

6/7/2010 3:08:08 PM

HEAT

6/7/2010 1:40:59 PM

Heat stress

6/7/2010 12:52:56 PM

grass founder

6/7/2010 10:16:25 AM

flying insects that drive the horses crazy. I use fly sheets with neck wraps, fly masks and leg wra

6/7/2010 1:07:43 AM

lameness issues

6/6/2010 11:11:43 PM

sandfly management

6/6/2010 10:51:57 PM

rehabilitation

6/6/2010 10:07:23 PM

flies and heat

6/6/2010 6:37:06 PM

flies

6/6/2010 4:09:04 PM

allergies

6/6/2010 1:28:25 PM

A very wet spring and early summer in Oregon will mean a plethora of mosquitoes.

6/6/2010 1:24:56 PM

biting insects

6/6/2010 10:57:27 AM

Heat and flys

6/6/2010 7:23:34 AM

flys,worms

6/6/2010 4:04:31 AM

fly bites on thinned skinned horses

6/6/2010 1:08:06 AM

this year, the danged flies!

6/5/2010 10:41:47 PM

Keeping away the flies!

6/5/2010 5:26:54 PM

Seasonal COPD Episodes

6/5/2010 3:12:45 PM

ticks & flies

6/5/2010 9:16:06 AM

pasture management

6/4/2010 11:33:07 PM

keeping the weight off due to lush pastures

6/4/2010 11:24:59 PM

heat stress is another major factor in the south.

6/4/2010 9:26:54 PM

Heat related problems-we live in Arizona

6/4/2010 8:58:56 PM

Feeding the fat horse

6/4/2010 7:30:35 PM

dexamethasone

6/4/2010 5:09:25 PM

different information from multiple sources. Worm at 1 mt, no....at 2 mts., worm with this or that

6/4/2010 3:00:32 PM

laminitis

6/4/2010 2:46:54 PM

leg & hoof injuries from trail riding

6/4/2010 2:44:22 PM

flies,flies, flies

6/4/2010 12:17:57 PM

keeping my gnat sensitive horse as comfortable as practibly possible, having effective repellents

6/4/2010 11:32:26 AM

Managing my Cushing's/IR mare and IR mini gelding in the heat and humidity.

6/4/2010 11:22:18 AM

Mud. The damn mud is everywhere (Seattle).

6/4/2010 1:09:44 AM

fly & mosquito control

6/3/2010 10:56:55 PM

Hives

6/3/2010 10:01:15 PM

We live close to the Colorado river and mosquitos are abundant

6/3/2010 8:17:12 PM

anhidrosis

6/3/2010 6:59:43 PM

training related injuries

6/3/2010 6:16:18 PM

fly and other biting insects

6/3/2010 6:07:27 PM

my horse is insect phobic

6/3/2010 6:02:28 PM

They are just difficult to manage if no one around you contributes to control

6/3/2010 5:14:13 PM

Heat affect on the horse

6/3/2010 5:01:21 PM

heat

6/3/2010 4:45:06 PM

pain mgmt from increased activity & older horses

6/3/2010 4:29:19 PM

preventing EPM and Equine herpes Virus

6/3/2010 4:25:41 PM

aged equine with extreemely worn and missing teeth

6/3/2010 3:26:04 PM

The ticks are awful with the wet weather!!!

6/3/2010 2:46:57 PM

fly control, especially when riding

6/3/2010 2:28:49 PM

COPD issues such as heaves

6/3/2010 12:30:22 PM

Being in Arizona my worry is always whether my horse will handle the heat each year.

6/3/2010 12:28:07 PM

Eyes must be kept clean. Last year lots had swollen/runny eyes. Mine was OK though.

6/3/2010 9:24:48 AM

live on a boarding facility with a horse trader as one of us boarders. so disease is a worry.

6/3/2010 8:49:01 AM

heat-related problems

6/3/2010 8:12:22 AM

heat, flies, too much rain to work effectively outside

6/3/2010 7:20:49 AM

fly control

6/3/2010 6:49:57 AM

skin sensitivity to biting flies, and mosquitos

6/3/2010 2:21:29 AM

Tick borne illnesses. I have advanced, chronic Lyme disease, and I'm worried about my horses!

6/3/2010 1:08:50 AM

Rain rot

6/3/2010 12:36:30 AM

We are expecting a dry summer - pastures will become damaged if rain isn't available for growth

6/2/2010 10:39:38 PM

heat exhaustion in So FL

6/2/2010 10:14:06 PM

people like Gary belcher

6/2/2010 10:07:06 PM

fly management

6/2/2010 10:02:33 PM

allergies

6/2/2010 9:28:52 PM

2 horses with advanced, high ringbone

6/2/2010 8:18:48 PM

Not getting ridden enough

6/2/2010 7:38:11 PM

saddle fitting with long rides

6/2/2010 7:38:04 PM

Keeping my horse as comfortable as possible in muggy & buggy weather.

6/2/2010 5:51:34 PM

West Nile

6/2/2010 5:50:02 PM

Ticks, and other bugs

6/2/2010 5:49:29 PM

thunderstorms with lightening

6/2/2010 5:40:33 PM

Heat, humidity, hydration & electrolytes

6/2/2010 5:33:30 PM

Keeping driving pony joints healthy & pain-free.

6/2/2010 5:29:43 PM

Heat problems

6/2/2010 5:23:16 PM

not sweating. In Florida this can put an end to any riding.

6/2/2010 5:21:01 PM

Heat--Our summers can be very stifling hot & humid

6/2/2010 5:06:58 PM

flies... flies and more flies

6/2/2010 5:05:34 PM

Heat stress managment & insect bite allergic reactions

6/2/2010 5:02:33 PM

Severe Weather

6/2/2010 4:21:04 PM

founder and feet issues

6/2/2010 4:07:52 PM

Nuilding up my horse to her proper wieght within 30 days?

6/2/2010 3:54:41 PM

Over heating

6/2/2010 2:53:41 PM

have nurse mare baby

6/2/2010 2:53:06 PM

heat related issues; bugs

6/2/2010 2:37:51 PM

Mosquitos on Long Island are like Concords this year.

6/2/2010 2:06:07 PM

I've had West Nile already!

6/2/2010 2:01:16 PM

Our horses will be going on a 2 day riding trip soon & I worry what the other 148 horses might have.

6/2/2010 1:15:39 PM

keeping horse comfortable in hot humid weather

6/2/2010 12:58:15 PM

heat and humidity

6/2/2010 12:27:02 PM

making sure my horse has nothing happen (lameness, cuts etc) so I can ride

6/2/2010 12:19:15 PM

Making sure the horses are comfortable as possible in high heat and humidity

6/2/2010 11:50:14 AM

Lyme disease

6/2/2010 11:44:27 AM

Between the insect bites and rain rot, taking care of my sensitive-skinned chestnut is time consumi

6/2/2010 11:04:32 AM

Heat and stress management

6/2/2010 10:51:57 AM

I'm most concerned about mosquito and fly and gnat control. They torture my horses every summer.

6/2/2010 10:51:08 AM

Laminitis - been through that before from too mouch lush grass - what a worry. Muzzles are the norm

6/2/2010 9:56:28 AM

does not sweat

6/2/2010 9:22:42 AM

in addition to mosiquito-borne disease, summer heaves and hurricanes

6/2/2010 9:19:19 AM

sand colic prevention

6/2/2010 9:11:39 AM

my horse had laminitis in Az can it go out on grass pasture now

6/2/2010 8:53:25 AM

Ticks -- lyme's Disease!!

6/2/2010 8:53:13 AM

laminitis

6/2/2010 8:45:11 AM

too much grass= too fat horses

6/2/2010 8:37:53 AM

Hydration!!!!!!!!!!

6/2/2010 7:53:51 AM

Insulin resistance / weight mgmt on pasture

6/2/2010 7:45:45 AM

dehydration

6/2/2010 7:44:13 AM

insect bites

6/2/2010 7:30:14 AM

controlling flies

6/2/2010 6:55:51 AM

ticks

6/2/2010 6:53:24 AM

laminitis

6/2/2010 6:42:19 AM

ticks and Lymes disease!

6/2/2010 5:48:42 AM

tick-borne diseases

6/2/2010 5:13:29 AM

with a stable of aged horses I worry about the effects of the heat

6/2/2010 5:11:50 AM

To have a supplement for curring all Arthritises

6/2/2010 4:05:26 AM

Laminitis

6/2/2010 4:03:14 AM

geriatric care

6/2/2010 2:56:03 AM

diseases transmitted by ticks

6/2/2010 2:45:16 AM

summer pollen triggered breathing difficulty (RAD)

6/2/2010 2:34:59 AM

Control of Sweet Itch

6/2/2010 2:24:55 AM

Flies

6/2/2010 2:18:38 AM

I have a geriatric who is getting to be in chronic pain

6/2/2010 2:09:55 AM

bug and fly bite allergies

6/2/2010 2:02:18 AM

How to prevent horse #2 from taking fly masks OFF of horse #1 and #3!

6/2/2010 1:59:13 AM

older horse joint health

6/2/2010 1:30:52 AM

Flies and the diseases and overall nusiance that they are.

6/2/2010 1:11:17 AM

fly allergies

6/2/2010 1:03:41 AM

summer grass heaves in my friesian mare

6/2/2010 12:18:53 AM

Hoping my horse recovers ok from Laminitis!

6/2/2010 12:10:11 AM

lack of rain, inadaquate pasture and grazing

6/1/2010 11:55:50 PM

fitness

6/1/2010 11:40:36 PM

laminitis...our pastures are too rich and I can't ride enough!

6/1/2010 11:39:57 PM

the early, warm spring has produced grass that is far too rich and almost no timothy in hay fields

6/1/2010 11:33:20 PM

West Nile

6/1/2010 11:28:05 PM

Exercise in the heat

6/1/2010 11:26:12 PM

Fly bit allergy.

6/1/2010 11:24:52 PM

TX- anhidrosis/heat/dehydration issues

6/1/2010 11:09:29 PM

fly and mosquito control

6/1/2010 10:36:41 PM

so much rain & high humidity in NW Ohio

6/1/2010 10:25:01 PM

Flies are a nasty problem here.

6/1/2010 10:24:37 PM

tick borne disease

6/1/2010 10:01:33 PM

keeping foals from eating dirt since I don't have pasture

6/1/2010 9:51:50 PM

Um, probably diseases. just b/c parasites aren't as bad in the summer (b/c heat) & i dont have babys

6/1/2010 9:47:12 PM

flies

6/1/2010 9:42:18 PM

Chalenge is learning new protocols.

6/1/2010 9:42:14 PM

allergies to fly bites - itching off mane and tail

6/1/2010 9:38:16 PM

horse flies and regular flies of every kind and gnats and no see'ums

6/1/2010 9:28:31 PM

Flies, ticks.

6/1/2010 9:23:00 PM

Ticks. It's an ongoing struggle.

6/1/2010 9:19:52 PM

The heat

6/1/2010 8:48:13 PM

Laminitis

6/1/2010 8:38:54 PM

here in australia its winter & lush grass is a concern as have lamanetic pony but usr grazing muzzle

6/1/2010 8:33:58 PM

West Nile followed by Potomac

6/1/2010 8:21:49 PM

grass founder & obese horses as i'm a farrier

6/1/2010 7:50:58 PM

When the summer is hot...heat stress & water intake

6/1/2010 7:50:04 PM

South Florida heat/humidity

6/1/2010 7:14:59 PM

Tying up

6/1/2010 7:14:00 PM

sweet itch

6/1/2010 6:59:05 PM

heat, colic, bug bites despite fly spray and oral supplemrnts to prevent biting and profifercation.

6/1/2010 6:55:53 PM

lameness and unsoundness

6/1/2010 6:38:47 PM

Fly bite related skin & hoof problems

6/1/2010 6:31:59 PM

fly control

6/1/2010 6:27:58 PM

RAO and bug protections

6/1/2010 6:25:07 PM

Horse gaining too much weight from pasture

6/1/2010 6:16:59 PM

grass founder

6/1/2010 6:15:28 PM

weight management and founder concerns due to the rapid grass growth

6/1/2010 6:01:00 PM

managing the horses in hot weather (Arizona)

6/1/2010 5:58:17 PM

The Heat

6/1/2010 5:57:31 PM

heat stress and colic

6/1/2010 5:55:43 PM

flies

6/1/2010 5:54:21 PM

colic

6/1/2010 5:54:08 PM

LAMINITIS! and dew poisoning

6/1/2010 5:53:23 PM

FLIES!!

6/1/2010 5:50:21 PM

over heating

6/1/2010 5:40:27 PM

obese horses from lush pasture!

6/1/2010 5:31:01 PM

the insane explosion of biting flies - at least in FL

6/1/2010 5:28:01 PM

biting flies

6/1/2010 5:23:15 PM

BUILDING MUSCLE BACK ON A HORSE THAT WAS STARVED

6/1/2010 5:16:42 PM

Keeping weight on two young stallions who live and play together!

6/1/2010 5:14:55 PM

The heast. Keeping horses cool in high heat and humidity.

6/1/2010 5:09:08 PM

Colic...always colic.

6/1/2010 5:08:01 PM

Fly Control

6/1/2010 4:59:55 PM

good hay

6/1/2010 4:52:28 PM

fly control

6/1/2010 4:47:49 PM

KEEPING HORSES COOL IN HOT ARIZONA WEATHER

6/1/2010 4:47:28 PM

Pastures drying up with little hope for rain. Concerned about being able to feed properly.

6/1/2010 4:44:22 PM

vandalism,school will be out next month

6/1/2010 4:41:58 PM

Living in Wisconsin I worry about ticks, and the diseases they carry.

6/1/2010 4:34:13 PM

Wish I could ERADICATE flies completely.

6/1/2010 4:26:21 PM

colic

6/1/2010 4:18:03 PM

exercise and general fitness

6/1/2010 4:17:58 PM

Joint disease (articulated ringbone)

6/1/2010 4:15:35 PM

Mare newly diagnosed w/Cushings, water intake excessive as it is without AZ heat!

6/1/2010 4:12:11 PM

fly control

6/1/2010 4:08:37 PM

heat related discomfort and breathing issues

6/1/2010 4:05:52 PM

Flies

6/1/2010 4:04:12 PM

lyme

6/1/2010 4:03:32 PM

I have a new colt, so foal care is important, along with routine fly/mosquito prevention

6/1/2010 3:59:20 PM

I could only mark infectious disease but mosquito-borne disease is in there as well.

6/1/2010 3:58:30 PM

Forest Fire evacuation.

6/1/2010 3:54:02 PM

Allergies and heaves management.

6/1/2010 3:51:08 PM

wound care and summer storms

6/1/2010 3:49:45 PM

laminitis/founder

6/1/2010 3:46:30 PM

heat

6/1/2010 3:43:10 PM

Right now struggling with some respiratory problems

6/1/2010 3:34:35 PM

weight on an 20 year old

6/1/2010 3:31:40 PM

KEEPING MY HORSES FIT DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS

6/1/2010 3:30:56 PM

After last year I'm worried about Potomac

6/1/2010 3:27:23 PM

We get innundated with those horrid B52s that carry EIA-always a worry!

6/1/2010 3:24:21 PM

HOT & HUMID AZ MONSOON SEASON

6/1/2010 3:23:16 PM

colic

6/1/2010 3:22:08 PM

Horses utd on vx, therefore I am more concerned about comfort level due to heat/pests

6/1/2010 3:21:47 PM

heat and drought affecting pasture and overall well being

6/1/2010 3:16:55 PM

Hoof and leg lamenesses due to hard ground.

6/1/2010 3:15:59 PM

colic

6/1/2010 3:11:57 PM

gnats

6/1/2010 3:10:22 PM

Summer storms-lightning threat to my horse when turned out.

6/1/2010 3:05:30 PM

injury, lameness

6/1/2010 3:04:05 PM

Heat

6/1/2010 3:01:20 PM

Allergy reactions

6/1/2010 2:57:02 PM

hydration & infection of otherwise minor injuries

6/1/2010 2:53:25 PM

Anhidrosis in my 18 yr old TB

6/1/2010 2:50:39 PM

Flies and other bugs!

6/1/2010 2:44:25 PM

lameness

6/1/2010 2:44:05 PM

Sunburn and maintaining horse with light skin and noses in the intense summer sun

6/1/2010 2:43:00 PM

Weight management - fighting the battle of the bulge!

6/1/2010 2:42:47 PM

My biggest concern is keeping my Cushing's horse away from eating grass, it could kill her.

6/1/2010 2:42:38 PM

pasture/weight managment

6/1/2010 2:42:18 PM

Lymes disease

6/1/2010 2:41:09 PM

Heat and Ticks

6/1/2010 2:36:50 PM

Keeping feet healthy with fly stomping

6/1/2010 2:35:24 PM

I use fly predators and it works well as long as manure is managed!

6/1/2010 2:33:28 PM

rabies. Having a high count of rabies in NYS.

6/1/2010 2:33:19 PM

fly control

6/1/2010 2:30:45 PM

keeping conditioned without over heating

6/1/2010 2:23:24 PM

Fly/bug control

6/1/2010 2:17:02 PM

summer itch/skin problems

6/1/2010 2:16:03 PM

mosquito-borne disease and keeping horse cool & hydrated

6/1/2010 1:55:09 PM

Heat tolerance - my 32 yr old is having issues with heat.

6/1/2010 1:38:11 PM

Goofy pasture injuries

6/1/2010 1:28:32 PM

heat

6/1/2010 12:23:56 PM

I have 2 foals--both doing great and hoping for a healthy summer!

6/1/2010 11:49:07 AM

not letting my small grass turnouts get overgrazed

6/1/2010 11:46:12 AM

Dealing with heat

6/1/2010 10:45:35 AM

all of the above

6/1/2010 9:51:48 AM

My horse overheating in hot weather

6/1/2010 9:21:40 AM

weight management

6/1/2010 9:21:12 AM