Flies, sweet itch, bots, worms, heat exhaustion, and tying up are common conditions in summer.
Recommended Solution: Keep manure cleaned up and have a compost system rather than just leaving manure in piles. Consider using wasp predators as a natural solution.
To prevent sweet itch, keep your horse in the barn from early evenings to dusk. This is the time of day in which culicoides are most active.
Bots which are an insect, not a worm, can be eradicated through a regular deworming program. Otherwise, bots enter a horse’s stomach when a horse grooms. The ingested eggs turn into larvae in the horse’s stomach. Most bots pass through the horse in the manure and grow into flies. When there is a large amount left untreated, the bots can ulcerate a horse’s stomach.
Prevent heat exhaustion by ensuring your horse has access to water and shade. Should your horse overheat during an endurance event, soak down with water
When horses were regularly used for transport and farming, tying up was often called the Monday morning disease. The cause was the extra carbohydrates which the working horses had over the weekend, after having worked all week. This is not common today but tends to occur more in the summer.
Must-have’s on the summer circuit.
If you’re travelling with your horse for breeding, on a show circuit, or to events, ensure you have:
- Proof of a negative Coggins test.
- Veterinary health certificate or a certificate of veterinary inspection if going to US.
- Vaccinations up-to-date.