Risk factors for insect bite hypersensitivity in Friesian horses and Shetland ponies in The Netherlands

A. Schurink, S.C. Podesta, B.J. Ducro, J.A.M. van Arendonk, K. Frankena

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Abstract

Insect bite hypersensitivity (IBH) is an equine skin allergy caused by bites of Culicoides spp. and impacts on the welfare of affected horses. The aim of this study was to identify and quantify risk factors for IBH. Data from 3453 Friesian horse mares and 7074 Shetland pony mares scored for IBH by inspectors during obligatory foal inspections were analysed using breed-specific multivariable logistic regression models. The combined effect of month and year of scoring, Province and inspector were significantly associated with IBH in both breeds. In Shetland pony mares, withers height and coat colour were also significantly associated with IBH, while body condition had a nearly significant effect. The outcomes from this study on risk factors might contribute to the development of more efficient measures to reduce the prevalence of IBH.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-384
JournalThe Veterinary Journal
Volume195
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • icelandic horses
  • summer eczema
  • identification

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