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post #11 of 15 Old 05-01-2011, 02:53 AM
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Def add ground flax (VERY good for skin itchies..try ordering a 50 lb bag of whole seeds from the health food store. Thats where I get mine. I grind in a blender. Make sure the blender if about half full for best grinding and dont shake the blender..just let it go)

Also, give him a good dose of Vitamin A if your grass is not up yet. This helps keep away ichies, rain rot lice and a myriad of other skin issues that always crop up this time of the year. I learned this from a very accomplished horsewman and since starting it, never have skin problems or lice ever anymore.

I give my full sized horses 5 CC of the injectable cattle vit A and D (found at TSC or any cattle supply place for about 15 bucks which will last a long time for one or two horses) Use it ORALLY in the feed once a month starting about November till grass or fresh hay is in. Just squirt it in there.

If they have any problems and im not just doing it preventatively (Only new horses coming in ever have problems anymore since I started this) I follow up with 2 CC each week till its healed or gone. You can also put them on a supplement that has high Vit A.

This time of the year there is no Vit A left in the hay and the horse has no reserves. This is why so much of these skin issues crop up till green grass comes in.

Ever notice that once the green grass comes in, all the lice, rainrot and skin issues pretty much go away whether its treated or not? The only time horses have these problems during grass season is if the horses has been in a stall or dry lotted on old hay. Fresh hay has vit A for awhile.
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post #12 of 15 Old 05-01-2011, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks :)

He had laminitis and I don't let him graze for long time, + I soak his hay and then all vitamins and minerals go out. So he gets it only with vitamin (mineral) mix. I'm feeding it to him everyday.

I'm definitly buying flax and wheat germ oil. How much wheat germ oil do you think I should give him?

And I'm give flax seed in water for few hours, then cook it until seeds open. Is this ok?


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post #13 of 15 Old 05-01-2011, 08:01 AM
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are you sure its not sweet itch? i would wash hm and then thatch under his rug as you walk him (ie stuff under there with hay you can also rub him vigourously to get the main wet off him so he is damp

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post #14 of 15 Old 05-01-2011, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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I think it's not, because it's raining here for week now, and there are no insects... he definitly needs to be showered, but it's too cold...


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post #15 of 15 Old 05-30-2011, 09:59 AM
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I would keep trying to get his coat out, medicated shampoo from the vets is an idea but i found this to be very expensive. I'm using a lotion called sweet relief, all though used widely on sweet itch suffers it really has helped by itchy mare. she stopped itching in days. the best stuff i have tried so far and it is cheap compared to other products i have used. I now only apply it to her mane once every few days. Good stuff x
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