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  • Horse allergic to mtg
  • SHAPLEYS MTG CAUSING BURNING ON SCRATCHES

 
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    09-30-2011, 10:27 PM
  #11
Foal
My old gelding had terribly sensitive skin and got scratches and rain rot really, really easily ( he also had copd and was regularly on steroids so it may have been an immune system issue). Anyways, after many years and many products and home remedies the ONLY thing that worked 100% to clear up his skin problems was MTG.

I've used it on many horses since and never had any bad reactions. It smells absolutely awful, but it works! I love MTG.
     
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    09-30-2011, 10:34 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Kawairashii Ichigo    
Works amazing on the horses, but I'm allergic to it myself. I'll swell like a balloon if I touch it! So it's always nice when people let me know if they've put it on their horses before I go to ride them. Lol But if you can use it it works wonders. My mom decided to try it on her hair and it makes it grow 3-4 inches in a month! But we're a little out of the box like that. XD

I wish I was as brave as your mom. I have always wanted to try it on my own hair but scared to death I'd loose all my hair or something hahaha. Plus I think it says on the bottle not for use in humans lol.
     
    09-30-2011, 10:43 PM
  #13
bjb
Weanling
Hmm seems like it either works really well or is very horrible. I think I'll try other things and if that doesn't work I'll try MTG on a small section first to make sure there's no reaction
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    09-30-2011, 10:50 PM
  #14
Green Broke
MTG, well, I don't particularly like it for mane/tail use. I think it's greasy and very stinky. Going on it is okay, but the next day the horse (and your hands) will smell like sulpher. So I got sick of using it on their manes/tails. Also, one of my horses is a gray, and like anything greasy, it attracts dirt really bad.

However, just when I was about to toss the tiny bit left in the bottle my gelding got scratches on his pasterns. So I started using it for about a week and it did seem to help. It wasn't an overnight miracle or anything, but there was steady progress in the right direction. But then I used it up so I am going to try something different for his scratches problem.

I reasearched MTG a bit before I bought it, and basically it is a spin-off of a treatment people who keep draft horses use to keep them from getting scratches and skin problems in their feathers. I think they call it sulphering or something. The main ingredients are sulpher and mineral oil. So it is something I think someone could make pretty easy if they could find the sulpher, but apparently draft horse people have a similar recipe.

I think, if I wanted to go for something oily just for mane/tail detangling I would just use plain old baby oil or mineral oil. Cheap, easy to get, shiny, detangler that costs 1/16 of the price of MTG.

So as a detangler MTG doesn't impress me. For a mild case of scratches, it showed progress. For growing hair, I highly doubt it! If it did, then they would be marketing it to people like Rogaine. There is a lot of money to be made if you have a product that actually grew hair. If it grows hair I believe it is only because it is treating an underlying skin condition.
     
    10-02-2011, 10:04 PM
  #15
Foal
I read that MTG can cause sun burn if you put it on then turn your horse out right away. The burnt skin flakes off and you get that dandruffy look to their manes/tails. Works well to promote new hair growth though:)
     
    10-03-2011, 07:46 AM
  #16
Weanling
I use it at a one or two time application to grow back hair over bald spots. I also used it to treat a sort of dermatitis on the pasterns once. It works well for these applications, but it does smell....really bad!

When I was using it on the pasterns as recommended (daily), I noticed that after probably a week my horses seemed to have a reaction to it. They were stomping their legs and just looking uncomfortable, so I rinsed it off and they were fine. Although it didn't say so, I think you would have to wash it off almost daily to prevent this. It did treat the condition though.

I don't like it for the mane and tail because it leaves them very greasy, which in my experience, just leads to rubbing. It also causes huge flakes of dandruff.
     
    10-03-2011, 11:50 AM
  #17
bjb
Weanling
Gah! I can't even bathe my horse, its either raining everyday or too cold ......sheesh can't the weather see I have a horse that needs a bath!!! :/
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    10-03-2011, 12:37 PM
  #18
Weanling
Personally, I've had great experiences with MTG. I used it to head off some rain rot on my mare, and to help grow out her mane and tail. Worked great for me, with no allergic reactions. It smells like BBQ sauce, though, so wearing gloves is advised!
     
    10-03-2011, 12:54 PM
  #19
Green Broke
My mare had a horrid reaction to it, but it was partially due to remnants of a product the vet had me using, called "Surpass". My thought it that they created a chemical reaction but to be safe, I don't use MTG anymore just in case!

This is what it did to my mare:


The purple on it is because when I first noticed it, it just looked like she had scraped herself so I sprayed the area with Blue Kote. Little did I know that she didn't just scrape herself, giant pieces of her skin were rubbing off!! Not just hair, SKIN!! You see that pink skin above?? Well she's a buckskin, her skin is normally BLACK but it took the top layer off completely
     
    10-03-2011, 08:07 PM
  #20
Foal
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Originally Posted by crimson88    
I wish I was as brave as your mom. I have always wanted to try it on my own hair but scared to death I'd loose all my hair or something hahaha. Plus I think it says on the bottle not for use in humans lol.
Haha I don't blame yah. XD It actually made it come in pretty nice~ A couple of my friends have tried it and it's worked wonders for all of them, guess it's just me. XD Trick is try putting some on your hand and see if you react any to it (If anything it works good for your nails to), if you seem to be good and have no troubles I'm sure it'd be fine to give it a go, but it's just one of those things, you're either adventurous enough to try it or just going to play it safe.
     

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