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post #1 of 17 Old 11-21-2009, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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What about very bad dandruff all over?

I have a second question about another horse.

I've also worked on a horse that has super flaky dandruff especially on her back and sides of body. I don't notice it on her legs. I don't see her scratching herself. I find no sores or bumps or weeping on her skin. She's hardly ever bathed so it can't be too much bathing. She's outside all the time. The owner says she has always had a "bad complexion." She's a paint. I'm new to this so I don't know what to make of it, but there must be something to do to mitigate so much flaking. Does anyone have experience with this?


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post #2 of 17 Old 11-22-2009, 01:20 AM
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My horse had weird dandruff in her girth area once and I got some tea tree oil and applied that fora few days and it worked wonders. I bet a tea tree shampoo would do the same thing.

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post #3 of 17 Old 11-22-2009, 05:02 AM
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you could try adding some oil to her feed. tea tree would help as SuperStarsSugar says, or aloe vera
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post #4 of 17 Old 11-22-2009, 10:26 AM
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My rescue horse, Sammy, has the same thing, except for he has it ALL over and so bad it horribly dulls his coat. It actually gets crusty in some places. Especially under his mane, along the crest.

My solution? Corn oil!

By the time I went through a gallon or so of corn oil (I feed just enough to coat the feed, roughly 1/4 cup) his dandruff was pretty much non-existent and he just glowed after grooming.
If you look at his page (he's in my barn) you can see the 'before' photos, where he's just a dull chestnut. And the 'after' photos where he glows like a show pony. I didn't apply any show-sheen or other products, just gave him a good curry and brushing.

I would be careful with what products you use on your girl, however. I normally use Cowboy Magic detangler and Sam had a reaction to it, he actually rubbed most of the hair off his face and under his mane. Now it's baby shampoo all the way for him :)

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post #5 of 17 Old 11-22-2009, 10:53 AM
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Linseed Oil also does the same trick :)

Horses produce scurf naturally so it could have just been a build up.
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post #6 of 17 Old 11-22-2009, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for these replies! This is a wonderful forum. I can't wait to take some pictures so I can make a photo album for my profile.

Thank you.

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post #7 of 17 Old 11-23-2009, 06:37 PM
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Hey all, I'm new here :)

How often is she groomed? My first horse came from a place where he was pretty much not handled for several years when the daughter left for college and he had soooo much flaky dandruff crud on him that he looked absolutely terrible by the time I got him. Being my first horse, I would brush him for hours at a time and after weeks of this constant brushing the dandruff finally subsided and he began to shine. Brushing stimulates the oils to come out onto the hair, so it will help with dandruff....as others suggested oil is also good to help this process along.
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post #8 of 17 Old 11-24-2009, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hi ScharmLily. I'm new but now you're newer than I am!

I'm at a disadvantage because it's not my horse, however, I've done some reading and considered the suggestions here and I'm going to first see if regular brushing will help. That would be the ideal solution. She's been rarely groomed.

My other options are corn oil and tea tree oil. At first I thought I'd try the corn oil right off, but it's not in the animal's normal, regular diet and if more frequent brushing could help, that would be better than adding the oil to her diet. Plus, this one isn't in a pasture, so she doesn't get as much exercise as my other friend's horses. The tea tree oil applied externally is an option too which could control the dandruff, but then if we could resolve the real cause instead of just treating the symptom - I would be happiest for that.

Very cool that you commented. You give me hope and inspire me to try more brushing. Thanks!

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post #9 of 17 Old 11-24-2009, 05:27 PM
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Is the flaking only on her white places? If so, maybe it's sunburn.

If she has pink skin under the white, it can and does sunburn.

If she doesn't have pink skin where it's flaking, then it's not sunburn.
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post #10 of 17 Old 11-24-2009, 08:24 PM
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Thanks for the welcome lilianaliliana :)

Brushing is also great bonding time, I hope it goes well for you.
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