Cover Story

Bots Anyone?

Who's having trouble with bot flies this year?

by Deb M. Eldredge, DVM
Bots Anyone? Credit: Thinkstock Normally at this time of year I would be doing the final “bot check” of my horses’ legs. I would be prepared to use my bot knife or sand paper to scrape them off or I might wipe the legs with warm water to force the eggs to open prematurely and die. This year – basically no bots!   I will assume it was our weather. It was a fairly cool summer here in upstate New York with many days in the low 70s and nights in the 50s. My favorite kind of summer though I know many lamented the scarcity of warmer days.   Back to bots. While in vet school, it was actually debated as to whether bots really caused horses any problems. Yes, post mortems with a stomach full of bots looked impressive but did they actually drain nutrients and cause horses discomfort? I know – that seems a bit amazing to us now!   Bots are actually flies (Gasterophilus species) that resemble bees a bit but they don’t sting or really... Continue Reading

A Horse Library at Your Fingertips!

"Register" for free access to all articles.

Don't miss out! This won't last...

Equestrian Shopper

Be Seen On The Trail

A discussion about wearing blaze orange and/or reflective gear when riding and how to find the best choices. read more

Help Wanted: Are You Practicing Due Diligence in Hiring Your Farm Employees?

An attorney and horsewoman discusses why it's so important to ensure the person you hire is qualified to do the job and has a clean background check. read more

Media Critique: Advanced Equine Studies – The Horse’s Respiratory System

A review of Advanced Equine Studies DVD series for horse owners, trainers, riders, and veterinary students. read more

Media Critique: Dressage With Mind, Body and Soul

Whether you're a fan or not (and most people have strong opinions about it), the popularity of the Tellington-Jones TTouch method has grown significantly since its start more than 40 years ago. In this book, Tellington-Jones focuses on dressage, although any discipline could benefit from it. read more

News

More News

Recent Blog Posts

FREE Horse Journal Email Newsletter


My Articles

 

Copyright 2014 by Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc. an Active Interest Media company