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  • My thoroughbred has dandruff

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    11-30-2011, 10:18 PM

My 10 y/o Thoroughbred has awful dandruff in his mane and tail!

He has some scabs/scratch marks in his forelock, is it related to itching possibly??

Is there a home remedy or should I talk with my vets??

It's not on my 6 y/o Tb, and he was in very poor condition when I bought him, so im thinking it isn't a disease caused by mites or lice.. and im thinking it's not environmental just yet, because he has it consistently and has always had it through winter, spring, autumn and summer..

Any ideas on it I would be very greatful! :)
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    12-01-2011, 08:27 AM
Green Broke
Are you coming into a warm season? Do you have ticks in your area?

Ticks love to burrow in the crest of the neck and cause terrible itching.

The scabs could just be an excess of dandruff or he could have both dandruff and tick bites; if you have them.

If you can get the mouthwash product "Listerine", buy the original Listerine and mix it 50-50 with water in spray bottle.

Spray it in the mane and tail dock after a thorough cleaning. Listerine does have alcohol in it, if the sores are weeping really bad the alcohol could burn and you'll have to find some other kind of soother with healing properties.

Vetericyn works good too but it's really expensive.

If your horse will tolerate a vacuum cleaner, I would give him a brisk all-over brushing then vacuum up the dander the brush won't pick up.

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