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    09-15-2008, 01:50 PM
Allergic to buggies :(

Well I've figured out that Sonny is indeed allergic to bug bites. His whole hind-quarters is kinda swollen from it (just on the top, it doesn't bother him to touch it or just looks like his hair is longer on some parts of his back...but it's just kinda swollen up), and then just random bumps on different places of his body.

So, what can I do to help the reaction? I don't particually want to give him any medications, just something all natural and such (lol yeah I like all natural stuff....I even buy all natural lip gloss, dog treats, etc lol.....I'm a freak, right? Lol)

It doesn't seem to bother him, he's not sensitive anywhere, I just hate to see him with all these "welts" all over him
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    09-15-2008, 02:31 PM
Jasper has this too. I just put a mask on him and spray him really really good with Bronco
    09-15-2008, 06:16 PM
We have been fighting allergys with Shiloh all summer. She has constant welts then scabs all over her legs front and back, her underside, chest and neck. I never have figured out if its from a weed of some sort or bugs. We have found bag balm works about the best on healing them up and keeping her from scratching her skin off. The scratching that she has done to herself looks far worse then the welts/scabs. I spray her down with cowboy magic crud buster then bathe with alodine shampoo once a week during the worst of the out breaks.
I plan on putting down some weed killer in the spring to kill anything that's not grass in my pasture. Hopefully that will help her out some next year.
I spray her daily with fly spray so I kinda think its a plant allergy.
Try the bag balm it really seemed to help my poor baby girl.
    09-15-2008, 07:55 PM
My old pony has the same issue but for years now we have been feeding him about a tablespoon of garlic twice a day and it prevents the bugs from biting him. He doesn't smell like garlic either :)
We are pretty convinced it works, one weekend we ran out and mum couldn't give it to him for a few days and he got some bites and was all itchy and rubbing like crazy, get the garlic back in and he was fine after a couple days :)

Its not expensive either, at least here, you can buy bags of about 3kg, and it is chopped up coarsely.
    09-15-2008, 09:36 PM
I'd perfer to stay away from garlic cause I've heard some bad side effects to it, but I will try the Bag Balm to heal it up!

He won't keep a fly mask on, and even if I spray him with bug spray it won't help that much
    09-16-2008, 09:55 AM
Allergic to buggies :(

There is an excellent product that I've used on myself, the dogs and my 2 mares. The bugs stay away and this product is great for healing and keeping skin soft. I get the lotion and the spray, plus an extra small bottle of the concentrate to add to the lotion and the spray if it isn't strong enough. The spray works great too. I would use the lotion on the sore spots and any where the skin is affected. Also use the lotion on the face and ears of the horse. Get the spray for everywhere else and you can spray over the lotion area too.

The base of the lotion is Shea Butter. ( I just love it!)

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The woman that makes this stuff guarantees it to work. It's also an SPF 15. I know not much, but better than nothing! :)

A big plus is that this stuff smells great! :)

Good luck!
    09-16-2008, 10:41 AM
Would he keep a fly sheet on? I know you said he wouldn't tolerate a fly mask, but how about a fly sheet? The SB gelding I looked at had the same problem, and I could see the bumps on his poor face. His owner turns him out in a fly sheet, and that helps immensely.
    09-16-2008, 01:31 PM
I saw a commercial for these last night. Thought they might work for Shiloh anyway. Sonny may not have as much trouble with the legs as she does. The summer ones look interesting.
    09-16-2008, 10:43 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
I'd perfer to stay away from garlic cause I've heard some bad side effects to it, but I will try the Bag Balm to heal it up!

He won't keep a fly mask on, and even if I spray him with bug spray it won't help that much
I have fed garlic to three of my four horses for the last four years. I feed a little less than the recommended amount 2x/day. Garlic is water soluble so will quickly leave the horse's system once the horse quits taking it.

I don't feed it to my fourth horse because he had a bout with an ulcer in August, 2006. I rescued this fella 15 years ago and he has always had a finicky stomach. He was 20 when he got the ulcer.

My thought on garlic is if the horse is prone to colic and/or ulcers, or is a nervous horse, I wouldn't feed it garlic.

I have never had a negative reaction out of my other three.

I start in mid-March and generally continue thru mid-November. I feed it because it really is 90% effective against ticks. We have battalions of Lone Star ticks.

I don't see that it does much at all regarding midge flies, flies in general, or the other no-see-ums that cause skin allergies.

The horse in question may have to go on Tri-Hist or some other vet-recommended antihistamine until the weather cools down.

The other crucial thing is to keep any open/seeping sores clean and apply something like diaper rash cream or 20% zince oxide. Both of these creams will stay on all day during turnout and will keep the flies off the sores.

SWAT works really well too, but it can get expensive if the allergy issues are on-going thru the summer.

Hope this helps some :)
    09-16-2008, 10:56 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I never have figured out if its from a weed of some sort or bugs.
I have been fighting chronic skin allergies in 3 of my four horses since the Exceptional Drought we were in last summer. My pasture was threadbare except for the weeds.

This year our grass came back good enough that when we bushhog next weekend, it will be the fifth time this year.

We sprayed with 2-D-4 this spring hoping it would help with weed control. It helped some but not nearly enough.

After talking to the vet, I have concluded that we must have nettle up on the ridge and I have seen one form of pig weed.

Horses won't eat either one unless they are literally starving, but they will eat the grass around nettle or pig weed. All they have to do is touch either one to get a violent skin reaction.

Pig weed can't be killed. It has to be pulled up by hand and even then if all the root doesn't come out, it will grow back. Walking 23 acres and hand pulling pig weed on it isn't going to happen :(

We have also been overpowered this year by dallis grass. Its sticky pods and seeds attach to anything, including the my car bumper. It will leave dark sticky marks on the horses legs (much like pine sap will). If I don't get most of it wiped off, it can leave hairless spots up and down the horse's legs. Or it can dry out the spots it is stuck too and leave light marks on the hair.

So between that garbage and the midge flies deviling my Arab and one of the Walkers, I spend 8 weeks of summer treating skin issues twice a day.

Needless to say I am one of the ones that can't wait for winter. I can be sassy and say that because I retired from the OH/PA border to Middle Tennessee, so winters aren't that bad anymore :P

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