They are back: extremely annoying, often painful and unfortunately not at all harmless: biting insects. It's the time of flies and horseflies. Annoying beasts such as the black fly are up to mischief and very bad for horses. While the giant horsefly can downright panic a horse, their bites are also very dangerous. In this article, we have briefly summarized our most effective solutions to enable horses, ponies and us riders to spend a summer without an insect invasion.
Protection from insects - why it is important!
It's not just about convenience, it's about health and safety, pure and simple. A horse that is attacked by horseflies under the rider can no longer concentrate and panics. Especially horses with a very fine summer coat often have a hard time, but robust breeds with more hair growth also suffer greatly from the painful bites of mosquitoes and flies. Some horse breeds, in whose original home there are few of these insects, are also often prone to summer eczema. But unfortunately they are not the only ones. The disease, which is difficult to treat and rarely curable, can occur in horses of all breeds, but also in mules and donkeys. While veterinary circles seem to have accepted the incurability of sweet itch, fortunately we have several tools to help protect the horse.
Danger from insect bites
The pests are not only biting and annoying, some bites can also cause infections. Female flies lay their eggs in wounds that may have been caused by minor injuries or chafing. Once the maggots have hatched, they dig deeper and deeper into the skin layers by eating the surrounding tissue. The resulting fly maggot disease can have serious consequences. Bacteria that can cause conjunctivitis are also transmitted by flies. Slight inflammation leads to watery eyes, severe courses can result in severe swelling and discharge of pus. Mosquitoes can transmit the dangerous Nile virus, which affects both horses and humans. However, while Nile fever usually remains asymptomatic in humans, neurological damage can occur in horses. The contagion transmitted by horseflies with equine infectious anemia can end particularly badly. In the worst case, the infected horse must be euthanized by order of the official veterinarian.
Sweet itch and its risks
Many mosquitoes can cause allergic reactions in horses. The resulting itching leads to constant chafing, scratching, and biting. First you feel small elevations under the fur, which become hairless areas with constant rubbing and can start to bleed and fester with further attacks of rubbing, which in turn magically attracts flies. In horses, summer eczema often occurs on the mane and tail, as well as on the midline of the abdomen. However, there are also courses that cover almost the entire body and can lead to smaller and larger areas of skin free of fur.
Prevent skin problems with EcoStable Spray!
The EcoStable Spray can be applied directly in the stable. Ideally above the box, it sprays our active ingredient at automatic intervals, thus ensuring an insect-free resting area for your horse. The EcoStable Spray can also be placed perfectly in the tack room to declare war on brakes and the like there as well.