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post #11 of 19 Old 08-03-2012, 12:54 PM
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I've done Listerine before. It really seemed to help when my horse had an itchy, scabby/flaky tail for no apparent reason. Regarding the MTG, I would maybe call the manufacturer and see if there is a concern that it could cause sunburn. I've used the stuff for years on various cuts, rubs, etc., and never had an issue. I also have used it on my horse's tail to encourage growth, but I'm now curious to know if I shouldn't be applying it when he's going to be outside in the sun.

Do the horses have any open sores where they are itching? Even just small ones?
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-03-2012, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Nope, no sores. Just very dry flakey skin
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post #13 of 19 Old 08-03-2012, 01:25 PM
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Honey will help with super-dry flaky skin too :) (you do have to clip the area though or else you get a sticky tangled mess)

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post #14 of 19 Old 08-03-2012, 02:03 PM
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I really like that "rubbish" part

We have what I call "The Old People's Health Food Store" in the next county over. That store has stuff I've never seen before; I think I will go there to buy the honey. I would much rather do that, than risk getting botoxed by bees again

I am liking this whole idea more and more

Thanks for the rain tip as well. While we do have some serious dark clouds covering us today, there hasn't been any rain yet:( it's the first serious dark sky my area has seen in a good long while.

We will "only" get to a high of 89 degrees, I think that's around 31 or 32 celsius. The humidity isn't as bad as it has been either so it's actually pleasant for the horses today and nobody will come in scratching their skin off tonight
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hahaha good idea. You want unprocessed manuka honey, or medical grade honey that you get from the drugstore (that's for people, but it's guaranteed safe). Plain old honey from the supermarket isn't going to do the job. Medical honey is made from manuka honey, and the manuka is a tree that is native to New Zealand.

31 or 32C? That's pleasantly warm for me!! We had 40.5C on the 26th of Jan this year (Aus summer, it's not usually that hot in Jan but can be hotter in Feb).. and crazy me was out XC schooling. Came back and I don't know who was sweatier... me or my horse! He's used to working in very high temperatures, came from a town where it's not unheard of for it to be 50C and up, so he wasn't sweaty from the heat. We worked HARD!

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I'm going to try the Vetericyn stuff. I've used it before and it helped heal a wound very well and quickly, it says you can also use it for eye infections, skin irritations, rain rot, etc....well see how this goes
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Sounds like a plan :) The honey idea is very messy so if there's something out there that's just as effective and not as messy then let me at it!

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The Vetericyn better work...it's like $40!
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post #19 of 19 Old 08-03-2012, 02:55 PM
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ouch! I pay usually around $20/tube for the honey, it's only a small tube though so usually only lasts one injury/infection/fungus. Glad we don't get many injuries and no fungal/bacterial skin issues!

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