Social media and local news have been covering the occurrences of photosensitive reactions on numerous horses. As of press time, there has been no definitive cause found for areas of blistering and some liver involvement exhibited by anywhere from 50 to 70 horses in the High Desert. Samples of suspect alfalfa sent for testing to UC Davis by Diamond C Hay and Feed were declared “clean.” Most of the photos posted on Facebook and in the Daily Press show blistering on white coats and pink skin. Whether the cause was hay sprayed with improperly mixed weed killer or an allergic reaction to something in the hay itself, advice to owners of affected horses from Apple Valley Equine Hospital’s Dr. Ron Lenhert is to pull the bad hay and add a cup of mineral oil to the horse’s feed morning and night to help push harmful hay through the horse’s system. The less time any affected hay is in the gut, the less damage it can do.
To help with expenses for treatment of the affected horses, Diamond C will host a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. They will contribute 5 percent of their sales over the weekend to the fundraiser as well.
Old and new tack donations, baked goods, and monetary donations-check, cash, credit cards accepted-are welcome.
Drop-off locations are Diamond C Hay and Feed, 10750 Sheep Creek Road, Phelan, 760-868-2000; Diamond B Hay and Feed, 16489 Yucca St., Hesperia, 760-244-6317; Diamond B Hay and Feed, 10525 Barstow Road, Lucerne Valley, 760-248-1011; and CW Feed, 7070 Archibald Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, 909-944-9427.
Ride with Bill
Bill Cameron is available for private lessons through the first week of September at Cameron Ranch in Rosamond. Learn reining, roping, western pleasure, western jumping, western dressage, cutting with flags, barrels and extreme cowboy racing, visit www.naturalbornriders. You can also school on the cowboy course, $25 per horse and rider for the day, through August.
Harmony’s hopes
Harmony Latham, former Hesperia Wranglers Queen, has completed the competition for Banning Stagecoach Days Rodeo Queen. The new queen will be announced and crowned Aug. 16 during the Rodeo Dance in Banning. Harmony is selling raffle tickets for $1 each, grand prize winner’s choice of $500 or an iPad. She is also selling rodeo tickets for $10 each.
For more information, email Hlatham12@ or