I've been battling a case of what appears to be sweet itch with my TB gelding,
Since I've had him he's had hair loss under his belly - Which was a year and a half ago. I've had several vets look at him since then who have told me different things and have not come up with a confirmed diagnosis.
One said it was mites - Test for mites was negative, so we went with steriod shot which actually made it WORSE - He came out in large lumps as in picture below V
They're not normally lumps, just dry flakey skin with no hair (in patches, not oval type formations)
I'm considering buying a bodysuit which covers his belly to keep the midges off him? Has anyone else tried this with any success?
I'm also going to try keeping him off the paddock during the day and turnout at night - To hopefully reduce how raw he's rubbing his belly.
Something else I've noticed is as soon as i've taken his cover off and he's naked (he's doesnt do this when its on) he starts getting all itchy, tail swishy
And tries to itch his belly. Its almost like the condition is aggravated by the sun, as most of the time I take it off, there are no midges around, yet he's acting like there is a swarm/
I'm quite concerned because already (its not even spring yet) he's showing a lot of hair loss and quite itchy.
I've also been told (over horseforum) about Onchocerca,
I'm slightly worried about treating this without a diagnosis from a vet...
As I'm told the treatment can be very dangerous and unpleasant. Also not sure if its possible, as he only has hairloss not lumps and bumps.
Any home remedies, bright ideas, management ideas, Or miracles are really appreciated.