In my Town

We have horses that ate some hay and became photosensitive – and then all the pink skin/white fur on their bodies exposed to the sun dried up, and now it is all peeling off.


affected horse – ouch!

It is quite awful. And has taken up a bit of my time, I started compiling an anonymous list of affected animals and people have been sending me a lot of questions I don’t know the answers to. They put me in committees I didn’t apply for – and then kicked me out – Folks, I don’t have a horse.By the way the big animals Vet school out here on the west coast seems to think this is not a real big deal.


They blame the weather – so in case you were wondering – here is a map of California. And it shows what percentage of land is affected by a level of drought

Here is a pictogram for you on that topic in case you wondered what the difference is between a Severe drought (100% of California BTW) and an Exceptional drought (58% of my state) –drought2014

Severe Drought -Crop or pasture losses likely;  water shortages common; water restrictions imposed

Extreme Drought- Major crop/pasture losses;  widespread water shortages or restrictions

Exceptional Drought- Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses; shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells creating water emergencies

We did get a day of rain which was nice, but a day of rain will not end a drought – and yes in the desert we are used to being careful with water – however When 100% of your state is in Extreme Drought – it is scary…I know that people like to joke that California is the land of fruit and nuts but honestly we do grow a lot of food…From the CFDA website “California’s agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities. The state produces nearly half of US-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. Across the nation, US consumers regularly purchase several crops produced solely in California.”
And when we have no water…it is not gonna be pretty folks.
Many people believe the condition with the horses is due to the drought – crops produce more toxins when they are stressed out. Thankfully it doesn’t affect goats – but this problem affecting horses has been reported throughout Southern California…and it is not likely to get better soon.



3 thoughts on “In my Town

  1. fiberaddict

    That’s horrible! We’ve been “lucky” so far – we’re in Severe Drought, but our horses haven’t been affected….yet. The goats….goat people around here (on DGI) are saying that the problems we’ve all had in this year’s kidding come from the drought. Sluggish labors, overdue kids, dead kids – even Padme’s premature kids were probably caused by the drought. I don’t know….it makes sense, but I have no data to back it up.

    Hope y’all’s horses start to get better!

  2. cagey

    Oddly reminds me a bit of what my dog is going through at the moment — exposure to the sun makes it worse. Once the horse comes down with it, do they respond to any sort of treatment?


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