My horse has this issue that seems new this year. He is so itchy he can't seem to perform. We show all around horse shows and it starts earily in the morning and is the worst durning the english classes. The last few shows have been so bad I have had to stop and wash and scrub him. When he dries he comes back perfect and we finish the show great.
He tries to itch his sides and gets so upset won't go forward and keeps trying to turn to itch on the rail. He has tried to shake me off twice now at the lope.
I have tried many suppliments others recomended and meds from the vet and nothing seems to help.
His behavor is almost like he's being attacked by bugs. I spray him down and even have special anti itch spray and many special medicated shampoos.
I don't know why he can start out so bad and after (a second wash, in the middle of the day) he is fine. I always use the special shampoos at the show to get ready.
I also quit using show sheen and pepi I found a product that is similar to show sheen but for special anti itch.
Nothing seems to help. If you have any suggestions I am desperate. He is an awesome show horse but lets this issue consume him and can't perform when he's having "attacks".