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post #1 of 19 Old 08-01-2012, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Dry skin, What to do?

My horse has developed dry skin this summer and all summer it has gotten a little worse through the months. I think it might be because it has been record heat for the past 2 months. I know it's not a fungus but it is making him itchy. He is not a horse that likes to roll, other than in deep fluffy snow and he now rolls every day when I take him out.

Yesterday after I gave my horse a bath, using Wonder Blue Shampoo, I noticed that dry skin was coming off all over his body and mostly right under his mane. I have tried coconut oil with no results. So now I want to try using a medicated shampoo to see if that will help. Does anyone know of a good shampoo that will help dry itchy skin?
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What does your horse's diet look like?

Aside from possible feed changes, the nest advice I can give you is brush, brush, brush. Lots of currying, followed by body brushes, followed by terrycloth. Maybe a spray on conditioner like Hair Moisturizer

All that brushing will stimulate oil production, and distribute those oils. For the mane and tail, massage the skin as well as you can.

As far as medicated shampoo, I don't thonk that will help unless there is an infection causing all the flaking. What shampoo do you use now? And how often do you bathe?
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What does your horse's diet look like?

Aside from possible feed changes, the nest advice I can give you is brush, brush, brush. Lots of currying, followed by body brushes, followed by terrycloth. Maybe a spray on conditioner like Hair Moisturizer

All that brushing will stimulate oil production, and distribute those oils. For the mane and tail, massage the skin as well as you can.

As far as medicated shampoo, I don't thonk that will help unless there is an infection causing all the flaking. What shampoo do you use now? And how often do you bathe?
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I use Wonder Blue shampoo and I try to give him a bath about every 2 weeks.
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Stop with the baths. I rinse my girl off quite often but it's just water. I only use soap when it's needed, like medicated for scratches or the like. Give a complete bath at most once a month, most prefer much less than that. You are taking the natural oils off the skin.
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^^^Agreed. The only time I bathe that frequently is when I'm showing a lot. (Can't show up with a dirty horse.)

If you can't stop bathing that frequently, try a different shampoo. I use the EQ body wash, and dirt just rinses right out for about a month. Or you could try a coat conditioner.
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He get's about 3 cups of omolene 200, 1 cup of flax seed and a 1/4 cup of canola oil plus grass hay.
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You might consider adding a coat or hoof supplement. They really help keep skin, hair, and hoof healthy, especially if the hay is not great.
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Stop with the baths. I rinse my girl off quite often but it's just water. I only use soap when it's needed, like medicated for scratches or the like. Give a complete bath at most once a month, most prefer much less than that. You are taking the natural oils off the skin.
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^^^Agreed. The only time I bathe that frequently is when I'm showing a lot. (Can't show up with a dirty horse.)

If you can't stop bathing that frequently, try a different shampoo. I use the EQ body wash, and dirt just rinses right out for about a month. Or you could try a coat conditioner.
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I only recently switched to Wonder blue and have only used it a couple of times. I got it because it said it helps with dry skin. I can stop giving him full baths as frequently, but I do need to wash his mane and tail every 2 weeks. Now that I think of it he has only gotten a full bath once in about 5 or 6 weeks And his dry skin has only gotten worse since I have skipped on a few baths. Do you think something like this might help alleviate his dry skin?

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Why do you need to wash his mane and tail so often? Are you sure you get all the soap out everytime? If this is just under his mane it makes me think shampoo is getting left on his skin.
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Why do you need to wash his mane and tail so often? Are you sure you get all the soap out everytime? If this is just under his mane it makes me think shampoo is getting left on his skin.
He has a thick mane and tail that gets knotted very easily and I have found that washing it is the only way to keep it from getting knotted and him pulling chunks out.

I rinse him out till the water runs clear, so I would assume that I am getting all the shampoo out but I could always rinse him out more just to be sure.
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