With summer now well underway, horses across the land will be spending more time than ever out of their stables and into open air, where they can enjoy the sunshine. But while this is a season we might associate with prosperity and optimism, it’s also one that carries a few risks for our horses. Among these risks is an unpleasant phenomenon called Summer Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis, or Sweet Itch. As you might expect, this condition causes the animal to itch – sometimes to the extent that they cause themselves so much damage that they can’t bear the sensation of tack against their skin.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this unpleasant condition – and examine how it might be guarded against. Read more