Summer, with it's beautiful sunshine and annoying humidity and insects can cause a number of problem's with a horse's skin, and can lead to the development of several issues. Horse Sun Protection Products including Sunscreen
that lack pigment on their face, nose, and ears can
develop redness and swelling. It can be very painful for
Certain plants such as St. John's wort contain ingredients that cause horses to be sensitive to the sun. Medications like tetracycline also can make horses more photo-sensitive.
Limit the time that your horse spends in the sun and provide shade whenever possible Sunscreen or zinc oxide is effective for horses and can be used in as a preventative measure and also on areas that have already developed sensitivity. Many grooming products and fly sprays might have sunscreen already added.
Insect bites can result in skin problems in some
horses - they also can spread infectious diseases.
Believe it or not, horses can develop allergies to gnat
and fly bites. Watch for tell-tale allergy signs.
They can appear as lesions along the back or belly of
your horse. Intense itching is also a tell-tale
sign and will sometimes result in hair loss along the
mane or tail. When the horse cannot stop
scratching, bacterial infections can occur and cause
trauma to the skin. Needless to say, insect bites
can be a serious problem with your horse in the
The biting midge, blackflies, horn flies, and mosquitoes are all culprits that can cause allergies. Preventative measures are the most effective treatment! Catch it before it is a problem. Dusk and Dawn are important times in the day that your horse should be stabled. These are prime feeding times for blackflies and other feeding insects.
The use of fans while your horse is in the stall can reduce the number of flying insects.
A recent effective preventive measure is the use of Fly
Prevention Feed Supplements. Equitrol
II pellets in horses' feed prevent development of
stable and house flies in the manure with 99%
Block by Absorbine is proven to kill and repel more
than 70 species of flying, crawling , creeping and
biting pests including biting flies, gnats, ticks and mosquitoes
(including Culex species which have been known to transmit
the West Nile Virus).
In addition to these preventive measures, medications prescribed by your veterinarian can be effective.
Summer conditions are a great time to enjoy your horse, but they can be harmful to your horse's well being. Prevention is the the key to preventing skin problems in your horse.