Beware of Bees When Trail Riding

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Real Estate Agent with Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. RS297130

 

Autumn is fast approaching, but there will still be plenty of great weather for trail riding with your horse.  While riding, you may end up disturbing a bees nest.  What do you do then?

 

Horses will panic when they encounter a swarm of bees, even your most gentle, bomb-proof horse.  If you disturb a hive while trail riding, the bees will begin buzzing around and then stinging your horse.  The horse's first instinct will be to turn his head to bite at them.  He will go in circles, jumping, bucking, and stirring up the bees even more.  Keep your horse's head straight and gallop away as quickly as possible.

 

Bee stings can be deadly to both horse and human.  People can have an allergic reaction and go into shock.  A horse does not die from the toxin, but rather from the side effects.  Multiple stings around the face will quickly cause the horse to suffocate.  Bee stings on a horse's head or neck is a veterinary emergency.

 

Courtesy Lehigh Valley Horse Council Newsletter

 

Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR

Pennsylvania License #RS297130

Residential, Rural and Horse Properties and Farms

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Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR®  (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.  

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  1. Melissa Anderson 08/19/2010 07:35 PM
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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Good advice.  I haven't been able to ride much over the summer, but I hope to hit the trails some this fall.  Thanks for the heads up.

Aug 19, 2010 05:02 PM #1
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Melissa Anderson
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Great post.  This is a perfect example of why folks should not trail ride if they cannot control a horse in an emergency situation.  You must be experienced in the gallop if you are going to be safe on a nature ride.  Anything can and sometimes will happen.

Aug 19, 2010 07:32 PM #2
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Re-blogged :)

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Brenda Hughes
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Thanks for sharing, fortunately I have never had this happen to me.  But thanks to you I will know what to do if it ever does:)

Aug 19, 2010 11:16 PM #4
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Brigita McKelvie
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
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Allen:

I haven't gotten in as much riding as I would have liked to this summer, either.  Looking forward to hitting the trails more this fall, too.  :-)

Brigita

Aug 20, 2010 08:08 AM #5
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Melissa:

I agree 1000%.

Thanks for reblogging.

Brigita

Aug 20, 2010 08:09 AM #6
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Brenda:

There's always a first time for everything.  It's good to be prepared for the unexpected.

Brigita

Aug 20, 2010 08:10 AM #7
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Catherine Ulrey
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Man, what's going on this summer?  I haven't ridden nearly as much as I planned on either!  I have not ridden into a bee nest, but I have heard of it happening around here.  I hate bees to begin with.

Aug 23, 2010 12:42 AM #8
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Catherine:

I guess I'm not the only one that hasn't gotten a lot of riding time in. 

I haven't ridden into a bees nest either, but it's good to know  what to do just in case.  You never know when it may happen.

Brigita

Aug 23, 2010 07:31 AM #9
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Brigita, I taking a group on a trail ride in Ireland many years ago when a swarm of bees flew over our heads no more than a couple of feet. I know now that when bees are swarming they are relatively safe but I was terrified. the horses got jittery and it seemed like an eternity for them to pass.

Horses and bees...not a good combination, is it true that horses give off a scent that sets bees off?

Aug 24, 2010 07:17 AM #10
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David:

They certainly are not a good combination.  I always have to check my trailer before hauling.  The wasps and hornets like to build their nests in there and they are quick to set up house.

I honestly don't know if horses give off a scent that set off the bees.  I'll have to look into that.

Brigita

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