Horrible Skin Problem
I need help desperately. My horse/Pony Rojo (Ro-Ho) is miserable, as am I. A little background, Rojo is of unknown breed, but he paddles something terrific so I assume something slightly gaited, Morgan seems to fit him also. Anyway, he was bought at a yard where they sell "wild" horses. That was about 5 years ago and before that I know nothing. He is of wonderful personality, though he is a bit quick to buck somedays. Since about 3 years after we brought Rojo home, he has broken out every summer, about the time of season when the bugs become worst. I will add pictures if I am able. The first time it occured, we noticed he has bumps EVERYwhere, like a swarm of mosquitoes had found him delicious. Since then it has gotten worse every year. We began to suspect allergies, hives. Our vet also agreed, but no one is sure on anything, even our vet is at a loss. It's not rain rot, of this I am nearly positive. Every year this had grown progressively more severe. This year is the worst. He has been itching himself to the point of drawing blood and beyond. His mane grew matted and I cut if off with scissors to make it easier to clean, and as you can see from the picture, what I found underneath made my stomach roll. He has no hair left on his belly, im sorry I have no pic of that yet. Its nothing but blood and puss and raw skin. Here is what I have tried so far...
Equi-spot--worked when the bugs were only beginning to come out, but when the came out full blast, no effect
Epidermal cream (brand?)--seems to help close sores, but VERY expensive...
Daily washings--no obvious effect but when combined with cream, helps fight infections
Trihist--no obvious effect
Garlic Supplement to fight bugs--no obvious effects
I don't know what causes it or how to fight it, but sadly, my father, who owns the horse (i care for the small herd) is ready to just put poor Rojo out of his misery, but I wish to prevent this as this is a great little horse. Which reminds me, this has been something only Rojo is afflicted with. It's not contagious and none of the others (there are 5 total) has ever shown signs of this issue. This is getting desperate, I do not want this horse to lose out on life, but I will admit he is so miserable. OH!! It also effects his dock, I cut of the hairs for about 5 inches from where it meets his hindquarters and it resembles his mane, I will add more pictures asap. It has also effected his ears for the first time this year, they are very sensative to being touched, as is his dock.
After reading a few posts, I am suspecting bacteria or fungus?
*update: pictures currently unavailable, will upload on diff computer asap!