Are pesticides a concern near horses?

Asked October 8, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

I am looking at buying a property for my horse that abuts a tobacco field. I think they use pesticides. Does this fact rule out this property or is there any way to find out if this is a safe environment? I know lots of horses live on or near farms.

Hartford County Connecticut

1 Response

Testing for pesticide contamination is expensive. It would probably be best to have a conversation with the tobacco farmer, and find out what is being used next door. This would help target the testing - and save you some money.

I don't know which products the tobacco farm would be using but once we knew the names of the chemicals we could look them up and see if they would/could affect the horse(s). A conversation with other neighbors to see if they have experienced any problems might be a good place to start.