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PostSubject: Itchy horse   Thu May 19, 2011 7:17 am

Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what to use on an itchy horse. She is constantly itching on trees, fences etc.
I have tried changing her diet, but nothing seems to make a difference. I have just ordered a new rug and will try that, but any natural remedy's to try would be a great help.... Dunno?
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PostSubject: Re: Itchy horse   Thu May 19, 2011 12:12 pm

Welcome to the club, LOL - I've got an itchy guy too. And he is REALLY chronic with it. He itches his eyelids and nose and lips he's so bad Sad Best thing I have found is Neem Oil. White Healer is also GREAT for clearing up scabs, and Alpha Keri oil is excellent at repairing the skin cells. I've heard Quit Itch is fantastic, though haven't personally tried it. Also rugging...rug 24/7. My pony got smacked really bad with it this summer, as we had about a week of 40 degree days, so I had his rugs off so I wouldn't cook the poor boy. But after that, he just got worse and worse (and promptly broke all his rugs). I'm going to try lighter rugs next year...not the ripstop, the meshy type ones. See if that helps as well, so I can hopefully leave it on him most of the time Smile

I think the horse forum Eques has had some good suggestions for itch cures in pervious topics, too. If you did a search on there, could bring up some great info Smile

Good luck with it! The itch sucks!
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PostSubject: Re: Itchy horse   Thu May 19, 2011 12:41 pm

Herbs.

If i have anything strange going on with my ponies, i have a herb consult and it usually fixes the problem.
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PostSubject: Re: Itchy horse   Fri May 20, 2011 1:39 am

Thanks for the info Deltree. Glad I'm not the only one, but I can recommend the rugs made from a shade cloth material. My riding horse has one and I kept it on him throughout the hot days here is the tropics, mainly due to the flies bothering him. He didn't sweat in the rug and was very happy with it on.

I will try some neem oil and see how I go on my itchy girl and hopefully the rug will also help.

Cheers.
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PostSubject: Re: Itchy horse   Fri May 20, 2011 8:20 am

I dont have this problem but you could also try Shapley's MTG oil.Google it, they say it is great for any sort of skin problem.
I am going to get some just on stand by.
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PostSubject: Re: Itchy horse   Mon May 23, 2011 5:26 am

neem is good, there is a store on ebay which has great neem products like shampoos, creams & oils etc keep her rugged & if possible put her in a hot tape paddock to stop her rubbing on the fences.
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PostSubject: Re: Itchy horse   Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:01 am

Okay, here is my update...
I bought a lovely new light weight rug, as living in the tropics it is too hot for winter rugs. Anyway I put it on the filly and it lasted 3 days, ripped to shreds.

I have washed her and this seems to help. I also made up in a spray bottle, baby oil, teatree oil and vinegar which also seems to be helping as she isn't rubbing as much as usual.

I will keep this treatment up for a while, but where the filly rubs all the fur has either come away or is in tufts and also the skin feels hard. I am hoping the oil mixture is going to help with that as well.

I will let you know in a few more weeks on the updates.

Wendy. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Itchy horse   Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:30 am

I have a mare that suffers severely with itch and this is what I have discovered.

* Adding chamomile and rosehips to the diet reduce the itching dramatically.
* I use a spray which helps the itch and repels insects (can't think of the name but will post as soon as I get back from QLD)
* Rugs aren't always necessary, especially once you have it under control.
* Check your feed...lots of hay growers add a chemical to the lucerne to keep it green and lot's of horses are allergic to it (again can't think of the name but will post when I get back home), ask your supplier if this chemical is used as it could be a cause. Also check your concentrate feed as this could also be a cause or trigger of the itch.
* Check your paddocks to see what is there that may cause a reaction...chances are if something itches you it will itch them too.

Hope you find what works for you soon.
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