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    A Look at Equine Skin Allergies

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Otherwise healthy horses can develop skin problems due to a variety of environmental or hereditary triggers. While skin conditions often present similar appearances, it’s important to know the cause of your horse’s symptoms, as the severity and treatment is quite varied. Learn about skin allergies to determine if your horse is suffering and what you can do.

    What are the Symptoms of Skin Allergies?
    Many skin conditions of horses have similar symptoms. You may notice visible hair loss; scaly or itchy skin; lesions or sores; or flaky, swollen, or otherwise abnormal-looking skin. Tests may be necessary to determine if your horse’s symptoms are being caused by allergies or if they are the result of bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses, hereditary factors, or other causes.

    What are Some Common Skin Allergies?
    In warmer months, you may notice your horse constantly scratching at itches. While some itchiness is normal, severe itching with visible skin irritation may be the result of Culicoides hypersensitivity, an allergic reaction to gnat bites. Allergic contact dermatitis is also common and can be a reaction to a variety of environmental factors that come in contact with the skin. Urticaria, or hives, is also common, has a variety of causes, and can result in skin lesions. Those caused by contact dermatitis are generally localized to the area where skin has touched the triggering object or substance, while hives most frequently cluster on the face, chest, and upper legs.

    How Can Allergies Be Treated?
    Allergies cannot be cured, but they can be managed by minimizing contact with the allergen. This can mean changes in routine, medication, and grooming products. Talk to your vet if you are unsure of how to treat your horse’s symptoms.

    Care for your horse in the summer months by keeping it hydrated using a horse drinker from Bar-Bar-A. Our electricity-free, automatic horse waterer models will provide your horse with a constant supply of fresh, clean water. Call us today at (888) 833-9821 to learn more about our products!

    Horse Diseases Caused By Mosquitoes

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Horses, like humans, are vulnerable to diseases carried by mosquitoes.

    In this clip from Equestrian Life, an experienced veterinarian offers information about these diseases and what owners can do to prevent illness in their horses. You will hear about Eastern equine encephalitis, which is usually fatal but can be prevented through regular vaccinations.

    Because standing water offers prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes, it’s essential to provide fresh-flowing water to your horses. If you own horses or livestock, give them the fresh supply of water they need while minimizing the risk of mosquito-borne diseases by using the Bar-Bar-A automatic horse waterer systems. To learn more about our products like horse waterer drinkers and livestock troughs, call us today at (888) 833-9821!

    Tips for Keeping Your Horse Healthy This Summer

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Summer is a fun time for both humans and horses, but there are certain health hazards that accompany the season. Keep your horse healthy and safe by purchasing an automatic horse waterer and following these tips.

    Use Sun Protection
    Your horse’s areas of exposed skin, particularly on the nose, are easily sunburned. Sunburn can be prevented by using zinc oxide or other sun protection. Make sure your horse can seek shade on sunny days, whether from trees or manmade structures.

    Avoid Weight Gain
    Horses can become overweight for a variety of reasons, including by eating sugary grasses that flourish in summer. Night grazing can help reduce this problem, as grasses contain lower amounts of sugar late at night. Weigh your horse’s hay to make sure you’re not overfeeding and contact your vet if you are concerned about your horse’s weight.

    Keep Up with Seasonal Vaccinations
    Insects can carry harmful diseases, particularly in the summer, which can be dangerous to your horse. Be sure to keep your horse’s vaccinations up to date and schedule regular dental exams and dewormings. Ask your vet what is recommended in your area.

    Minimize Discomfort
    Bugs and dry air can cause your horse to feel itchy in the summer. Treat your horse to cooling leg baths or use a fly blanket if there are lots of pesky bugs. Make sure your horse has a companion so they can swat flies off each other.

    Avoid Heat Stroke
    One of the biggest risks for horses in the summer is heat stroke. Keep your horse’s space well-ventilated, provide shade, and make sure there is an ample supply of fresh, cool, and clean water.

    Keep your horse hydrated this summer with a Bar-Bar-A automatic horse and livestock drinker. Our uniquely designed troughs keep water from standing still and collecting grit or algae. Call us today to learn more at (888) 833-9821!

    Browse through These Links to Learn More about Respiratory Allergies and Horse Health

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Equine respiratory allergies are painful, and sometimes deadly, afflictions. Find out how to spot the many forms of these conditions and which horses are more at risk by exploring the links below. To provide your horse with clean, fresh water from an automatic horse waterer, call Bar-Bar-A at (888) 833-9821.

    • Automatic waterers offer a great way to discourage mosquitoes and protect livestock and horses. Learn why it’s important to protect yourself and your animals from mosquito-borne illnesses like eastern equine encephalitis.
    • Learn about the painful effects of equine respiratory allergies and one mare’s experience with the condition. This article from EQUUS has this feature story.
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a respiratory condition that can affect most breeds and ages of horses. Learn more about this disease by checking out the link.
    • Learn how a horse’s systems overreact to allergens with information courtesy of The Equine Chronicle. This article has comprehensive information on the topic.
    • Heaves, also known as recurrent airway obstruction, is a disease that obstructs a horse’s airways and commonly afflicts older animals. Check out this information from the University of Kentucky for valuable information.

    Reasons to Invest in a Wild Game Waterer

    Last updated 3 years ago

    You can improve the health and population of the wild game living on your hunting grounds with a wild game waterer. These waterers only disperse fresh water when it’s needed, without electricity.

    Provides Fresh Water to Game
    Unlike standing water tanks, wild game waterers don’t collect algae or disease-carrying mosquito eggs, freeze in the winter, or get hot in the summer. The bowl fills with water when the animal depresses a paddle. When the animal is done drinking, the remaining water goes back into the ground tank.

    Mimics Natural Water Flow
    Because game animals are used to drinking from streams and rivers, they prefer flowing water. The water in wild game waterers is never standing. It’s either filling or draining, providing a familiar drinking motion for game animals. 

    Supports Buffalo and Deer
    Buffalo and deer have little problem becoming accustomed to the wild game waterer. If animals do need additional help, however, the deer water trough can be set to training mode to temporarily stop the drainage function. The water will then sit in the bowl for the doe or buck to smell. In doing so, the deer will push the paddle and become accustomed to how the waterer works. Afterward, you simply set it back to draining mode.

    Doesn’t Require Electricity
    Because its design prevents the water from ever freezing, the wild game waterer doesn’t need to use electricity to heat the water during the winter. Wild game animals notice this difference because they’re sensitive to electrical currents, much more so than humans.

    Needs Less Upkeep
    Another convenience of the wild game waterer is that it waters itself automatically, instead of requiring major human intervention and everyday maintenance of its water reserve.

    Bar-Bar-A’s founder, Frank Frodsham, invented the non-electric waterer 25 years ago, which has been serving satisfied animal owners for decades. Today, Bar-Bar-A specializes in state-of-the-art automatic horse waterers. Not only are they gret for horses, but they’re also good for livestock and wild game. Call us today at (888) 833-9821 for more information.

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