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    12-06-2012, 08:08 PM
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Weanling
CURE!? Sweet itch? Or bad dandruff?!!

I have a older gelding that has VERY bad dandruff.... my neighbor was just over and said it looks like SWEET ITCH -- He has got TONS of white flaky junk in his mane from forlock to withers, but NO WHERE else. He is rather fat so it's not affecting his weight (lol) - But he has rubbed almost all of his mane out :(

I'm in North Dakota and it's cold here right now ( 0F to 35F ) but he did come from Florida a YEAR ago...so did he pick it up down there? Because it's not very common around here.

IS THERE ANY NATURAL CURES? Please be very detailed about diff. Things that I could do to help him.

I've heard that Lavendar essential oils work well... also feeding garlic?

Should I be using head and shoulders on him? Or Mane n tail? I can't really give him a bath because it's so cold :(

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    12-07-2012, 12:40 AM
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Started
It's not sweet itxh. First of all, you've had enough cold weather to kill all the bugs. Midges also attack the ventral midline not the mane (they will destroy their manes scratching but they will have a raw belly first). Sounds more like an allergy (food or environment). Getting him on some ground flax (6-8 Oz per day) will help with the dry skin and itchiness.
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    12-07-2012, 05:42 AM
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Weanling
Thanks for replying... where do I get the flax?

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    12-07-2012, 11:53 AM
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Trained
As Left said, sweet itch will not occur in the absence of insects. Feeding oil (or flax as left said) will help - but combing...and lots of it from the base down, will work wonders. Stuff like gold bond or eucalyptus, teatree oil, whatnot will help w the itching until you can get it under control.
     
    12-07-2012, 02:25 PM
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North Dakota and Alberta grow the majority of rhe flax produced in north America so you should be able to walk into any feedstore and pick up a bag. You can but commercially prepared flax products but they will run about 5x the plain whole seeds.
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