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post #1 of 3 Old 08-29-2012, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Help with thin-skinned TB

I know it's cliche but my new TB has the thinnest skin ever. He is at the bottom of totem pole and one of the other horses is very aggressive. To make it worse, I think he's really hard on himself! He rubs on the lean to and scratches himself up etc. He is on a bug supplement, gets fly sprayed basically daily and there are only 3 other horses in the pasture. He is on rough board and I can't afford private board. They already moved the 4 of them to the larger pasture and fixed a couple of rough spots on the lean to for me. He has only been out with them for about 2 weeks so I'm sure things will get better but he looks absolutely horrible right now.

So, any thoughts? Has anyone used fly sheets or sheets to keep them from looking like rescue cases? Something else? My trainer is really leaning on me to change him over to private board so I'm trying to get some other options to help us out. Fortunately, we do jumpers so it really doesn't "matter" but we still want to look our best.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-30-2012, 08:25 AM
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You need to try to figure out why he is scratching and rubbing all of the time. That will help with some of the marks on him. But, with him in a herd situation, there will always be marks on him from that. I keep my horses out 24/7/365, and there are always some marks on them. Most of them are not bad, but they are not always pretty to look at.
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-30-2012, 08:53 AM
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You might find that there is something in the fly spray thats affecting his skin - they are full of all sorts of chemicals and usually carry a warning not to get on your own skin so could cause irritation to a sensitive TB
I dont know what you're using but you could try something less aggressive
If you can get a fly sheet it might work better for him but my horses are happier to stand in the barn in the day when its hot and lots of biting bugs about
I've only ever kept my horses on a boarding yard a few times but we did it when our son was born for a while & the TB we had at the time got in a terrible mess, he was kicked and bitten all the time and spent more time lame than he did sound, lost a lot of condition and after what we felt was enough time to 'settle in' he was still suffering so we moved them back home. Living in a herd doesn't suit all horses - after all the TB is so far removed in terms of selective breeding from its 'wild' ancestors that they are a lot more dependant on human care. I'm not saying they can't adjust, its just not so easy for them.
If you can afford a different boarding arrangement for him where he can maybe be in with just one horse that is going to treat him kindly with a stable to use as needed you should consider it in IMO. Horses can inflict some really horrible injuries on each other if you get a couple of bullies or one that has no idea how to look after itself because its never had too
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