Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Casa Grande, Arizona
Feel bad for the horses
I can't help but feel bad for Angel and Jinxx. We live next to some hay fields and the doesn't control his water. The dams are cracked and leak water. This creates little marsh areas where the mosquitoes like to breed. He is well aware of the situation, but just doesn't want to do anything about it.
We've talked to him before, but he just doesn't care since it doesn't affect him in any way. He claims it's too expensive since he has to spray the whole field. We had a mosquito specialist come out and survey the area and told both us and him that he only had to treat the marsh areas, but of course he doesn't listen and still insists he would have to spray the whole field.
When we first moved here 8 years ago we had no mosquitoes, but about 6 years ago is when they started and each year they get worse and worse. And each year they come out earlier and stay longer. Now they're to the point that they're out about 8 months of the year.
They get so bad that when you walk outside you become covered in them in seconds. At dusk if you look at the sun setting there is a black haze, all mosquitoes. You walk outside and there is a loud hum, again all mosquitoes. And the poor horses have to be out in it all the time.
I want to give my horses the best possible care I can and I feel like I'm letting them down. I go out each morning and they're covered in bumps. Right now they each have a fly blanket with the mesh belly band, fly sheet neck attachments, fly masks, and fly boots along with being sprayed down with a heavy pyranha concentrate, yet they're still eaten alive by the mosquitoes. And in the summer months I can't really get any riding in since it's too hot during the day and bug infested the rest of the time. Sometimes it's even both.
We've also tried to talk to the county, but they won't do anything since there "isn't enough people" out here. We have a big concern with west nile, and yes we do vaccinate for it. They say there isn't any threat of it out here, but it only takes one mosquito. There was also a girl about 5-6 miles away that did get west nile. I don't know how far mosquitoes fly, but 5-6 miles isn't all that far away.
This is more of a rant, so sorry about that, but if anyone has any ideas or suggestions about this I would love to hear them.
Gal on the move (aka Angel), American paint mare, 1991 - current
Wc jae bar drifter (aka Jinxx), American quarter horse gelding, 2011 - current
Rockin the rocker (aka Twig), American quarter horse gelding, 1994 - 2011