Help for fly-bite dermatitis

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    06-17-2009, 09:36 PM
Help for fly-bite dermatitis

This may not work for all horses but we've had great success with feeding our allergic paint gelding flax seed meal! We've tried all kinds of fly sprays, cortisone shots, antihistimines, spirulina wafers, etc, all to no avail. He scratches himself bald and bloody. Here it is mid-June and he's doing fine so far! The only thing I've changed is started feeding him the flax seed in December. BTW, all my geldings' coats are super shiny!! Hope maybe this might help some poor horse out there :)
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    06-18-2009, 05:46 PM
I am using ground flax meal but don't think I am feeding enough - how much do you feed your horse? I have noticed one of my geldings that has a problem with his tail because of flies/gnats/noseeums has not had a severe reaction so far this summer! I began feeding flax because it is supposed to help with allergies/skin and coat. All my horses have beautiful coats and I do believe it helps with allergies.
    06-18-2009, 05:55 PM
We have a poor allergic filly too. She is covered in bumps from April till the first frost. She is on Tri-hist all summer, covered in anti itch balm and miserable.
I recently (about 2 weeks) started her on flax based Omega Horseshine from Smartpak. I'm getting them in the premeasured tubs so its been easy to give her and she likes the taste which is half the battle. She hates the antihistamine so I'm hoping we can cut it out soon. We'll see how it works, I haven't noticed much of change yet.

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    06-18-2009, 06:22 PM
I have great success with using dac Bloom and dac Oil with my mare. She is allergic to EVERYTHING!!. Flies, oats, grasses, trees, the mold for penicillin.....all confirmed with allergy testing.
I give her 1 oz of dac Oil twice daily and 2 oz of dac Bloom twice daily. She looks awesome. Fatty Acids are the bomb.
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    06-18-2009, 06:33 PM
I'm so encouraged by all the positive reactions to the flax supplements. I feel so bad for Shiloh. We tried to get a ride in this morning but she was so distracted by the itching we cut it short. I sure hope it works for her, we have tried massive amounts of topical creams and shampoos. Nothing has worked to completely stop the itching. Her mane and tail hair grows to a certain length and then breaks off too. That's what got me on the "she is missing something from her diet" track. The other horses are in the same pasture, eat the same things as she does and are all fat, healthy with shiny coats and beautiful manes and tails. She is my odd duck

See how the mane/tail hair gets red brittle and breaks? Plus the bumps on her legs and shoulder
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