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post #1 of 17 Old 02-25-2011, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Super dry skin, TONS of dander :(

My one mare has the worst dry skin. I was currying her today and she ended up being just covered in gray dusty dander :P

She has always had really bad flaking in her mane. I usually brush her mane out and the brush through it to try to bring out natural oils to try to combat the dryness, this never works.

Does anyone think using a leave in conditioner or lotion would make it worse?

I bathed her twice last summer and I used a rinse off conditioner, but I wonder if it would be better if i didn't bathe her at all. I'm afraid I'm striping any natural oils her skin has. I only have like 3 months out of the year that I can bathe her anyway bc I live in Wisconsin and I don't have a wash stall or heated water in the barn.

Otherwise her coat does have a good shine to it, it's healthy. None of my other horses are flaky.

Yucky, any suggestions?
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-25-2011, 10:19 PM
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I don't think you are bathing her too often at all.
I wonder if it is like what one of my horses deals with?
Do you notice it more starting somewhere around the onset of spring each year?
Does she seem to really rub/scratch the area?

My stallion has this issue every year.
I finally found the best way to deal with it.
As long as it is not still way too cold out,(we live in NW Montana, right up by Canada) I will shave just his head and neck as soon as I notice he is starting to rub.
Then I apply MTG to the base of his mane and forelock, once a week.
Once it is warm enough to bathe, I make sure to give him a really good one, and condition him well too.
This has made a world of difference for him!

Oh, and certainly do not use any product like ShoSheen, or any of them that have silicone as it really can dry out and irritate some horses skin and hair...

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post #3 of 17 Old 02-25-2011, 11:01 PM
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Try adding a pelleted fat supplement. A vacuum will help get rid of the loose dry skin.
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post #4 of 17 Old 02-25-2011, 11:26 PM
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I would recommend adding soy oil to her diet. It aids in the production of the natural oils in the skin and coat--it may help with the flaking. My horses get about 1/8-1/4 cup mixed in with their grain each morning.

Whenever I brush out manes and tails, I spray it with a diluted conditioner mixture (10 parts water, 1 part conditioner in a spray bottle). It helps reduce tangling and hair-loss while adding some oils and protection to the hair.

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post #5 of 17 Old 02-25-2011, 11:30 PM
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I know it's weird but, during summer when i bathe my horses i use Dove liquid soap (not shampoo) and conditioner..the senstive skin kind with moistuizer in seems to work pretty well and doesn't take alot of their natural oil out..i try to leave a bit of conditioner on them and some in the mane and gelding used to have dandruff pretty bad and this helped it and keeps his coat and mane looking really healthy..I'm not promising it will work but it's work a try and its cheaper than most horse batheing stuff..and it smells good!..hope it works for you if you decide to try it..

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post #6 of 17 Old 02-26-2011, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the suggestions! :)

She is never itchy/scratchy, never never rubs on things. She likes it when i scratch her forehead, but other than that she doesn't really care too much.

I did try MTG in her mane and tail for a while, and that seemed to make it worse. After I used it then the flakes in her mane and tail were really big, gross.

I'm working on adding a supplement. I've thought about adding and oil to their feed/pellets, but I think I have to consider the extra calories that it might add (really I haven't done any research, so I don't know if I'm dumb for thinking that or not.) My horses are looking kinda chunky right now ;)

I haven't tried any special shampoos or horse specific shampoos. I actually have a really sensitive and dry scalp myself, and I have a problem with sulfates in most shampoos, so I use a sulfate free shampoo. I might try that, or I might see if I can find a sulfate free shampoo for horses. They are less drying.

I've always wanted to try to vacuum my horses because I've read that some really like it :) I have a shop vac, so I think I might have to try that out this year
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post #7 of 17 Old 02-26-2011, 12:59 AM
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I get hair spacific olive oil in the human hair care department in walmart. I really didnt think it was going to help but WOW! I defanitly recomend you try it!
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post #8 of 17 Old 02-26-2011, 10:05 PM
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Hi, agreed with CharliG, in my country where i came from, we use soy oil/any cooking oil mix it with her diet, good for her skin, one of my horses facing this problem to, dry skin and flacky, i stop all the shampoo that used to have for bathing, just shower with water, dry it up.. if you found her skin too dry and starting to crack it actually very painful for the horse, at this point you may want to apply hair treatment oil.. but honestly, what i did was, i apply used cooking oil (soy/plam based or olive) and rub it to the crack twice a day. It works for my horses.. but again I came from different climate.. however as Charli and other who has used soy oil it does works as well.
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post #9 of 17 Old 02-26-2011, 11:41 PM
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Correct me if im wrong because I am curious..I know this is off topic here and im sorry..I had my mare on rice bran oil for weight gain and I was looking for something stronger for it but I read in smartpak that any oil was bad for horses. Which doesn't make sense because there are all kinds of oil supplements..if there is something bad about feeding oil, even following exact directions, what problems would it cause??..

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post #10 of 17 Old 02-27-2011, 12:07 AM
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Hi, honestly from where I came from, in my country every horse owner using oil in their feed and grooming. So far I don't see or heard any problem it could cause to a horse if it is given at a right amount. Sorry I couldn't give an exact problems (if there is) to answer your questioned. You may want to refer to vets/speacialist that can clear your doubts.thanks.
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