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post #1 of 5 Old 07-09-2010, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation How to cover up cuts and get rid of dandruff

We have our first show Saturday, and one of the classes is halter class. I went out to feed and groom Artie this morning, and found he had dandruff all over his withers and neck. I think that's what it's flaky and white and looks like dead skin. I picked a lot of it off his neck, but he still has a bunch on his neck. Could it be from fly spray? Hosing him down without washing him? I'm not sure.....Anyway, how do I get rid of it in two days?

Also, he has a cut on his forehead and a cut on his butt from fooling around with the other gelding I just found last night. They're both small and neither bleeding or anything, just hair ripped away. I put wound spray on the one on his forehead, though it's smaller than a dime. Any way to disguise these blemishes for halter class? They don't make him look very nice lol.

All advice appreciated! Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-09-2010, 01:31 AM
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Any judge is going to overlook an honest blemish from getting bumped or scraped.

I would give him a complete bath in Head and Shoulders or the equivalent shampoo. I use this on my show goats when they get dandruff. Its most times dry skin. I also supplement with some omega 3 fatty acids to help the skin be thin and pliable, and I have noticed a lot less dandruff on my goats. Can't imagine it wouldn't help a horse.

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Thanks for the advice, I'll try it next time
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-11-2010, 12:03 AM
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Yep, just a good bath with a moisturizing shampoo will get rid of those flakes... I prefer not to use human products on my animals, but if it works for someone, use what you can get! I love mane and tail, and that has never failed to get rid of flakies on my mare. After a bath, I will spray diluted conditioner (mane and tail, again) all over her, which makes her really shine, and helps keep her skin 'moist' after a bath. I almost like the results of the dilute conditioner over things like Peppy, or Laser sheen! She's so soft after, but isn't greasy at all!

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Yep, we use Mane and Tail
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