My QH mare is settling into a new barn here in the pacific NW. From the first day of her arrival, we have had some warm temps...mainly in high 80s and I'm sure it has hit 90 mid day. She is in a paddock with no shade at all and is there generally from early morning till about 3:30. There is a breeze, water, and she has a fly mask on...but when I checked on her, I was concerned simply based on what I could see happening...even though she seemed fine. It was very hot and her nose and mouth were literally draped in flies. I could not find one spot where there wasn't one. There doesn't seem to be any explanation for the flies because the paddocks are free of manure and nothing around seems to be an obvious attraction except the horses! I was shocked by it frankly. But it is so hot that I don't want to now cover her nose with one of those extender masks either. Should the heavy fly activity on her nose be a concern?
Now..keep in mind that I'm new to horses so perhaps this is all normal stuff I'm just not used to? I did visit a friend's barn today (they don't have openings for me currently) and they had very few flies compared to my barn. Weird.
So..those are my two concerns: no shade and the heavy fly activity. I am almost ready to bolt out of this place but I have already paid for the month and have no alternatives at the moment.
It has been suggested to me that I keep her out at night but this barn does not do this so it is not an option. Wondering if I should leave over this? Should I keep her stalled during warm days? I'm really confused about what to do.