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.
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) –
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.