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        07-08-2008, 01:56 PM
      #11
    Foal
    That could be it!! Knats!! They are all over, I never even thought of that!! Diaper cream, huh? Ill pick some up tonight, if nothing else it should help soothe. Thanks so much!!

    Anyone know a good way to keep knats off a horse? Fly sheet and mask aside, I mean. Our fly sprays just don't do it and i've switched brands several time. A fly sheet wouldn't cover his belly.
         
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        07-08-2008, 02:01 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    If the sprays don't work, what about a trap?

    This link has some pretty good info on it:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2049698_build-gnat-trap.html
         
        07-08-2008, 02:21 PM
      #13
    Showing
    That was a great article in I believe either Perfect Horse or America's Horse. The people had (actually have) the horse with same symptoms as yours. I'll try to find out the journal and see what they did.
         
        07-10-2008, 11:10 AM
      #14
    Foal
    PICS

    PICTURES UP

    http://www.freewebs.com/holmeshorses/rojoscondition.htm

    Let me know if it doesn't work, please.
         
        07-10-2008, 12:39 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I still say gnats :)
         
        07-10-2008, 01:07 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Katalina,
    That really looks like sarcoptic mange (scabies) to me. The hairloss, thickened skin ....it's the mange that you can get as well, or your dog, and is highly contagious. And I'm NOT making a diagnosis, just stating what it reminds me of.

    That's what came from gnats? Wowza!
         
        07-10-2008, 02:35 PM
      #17
    Started
    That does look like more then gnats... I know that you said you had a vet out but could you get a second opionion? Poor little guy. Sorry I can't be more of a help but I havent seen anything quite like that.
         
        07-10-2008, 04:18 PM
      #18
    Showing
    Shiloh has been having the same problem. I tried tons of different salves and goops too didnt help. The only thing that I have found to help relieve her itching is regular baths with Alodine shampoo that I leave on for about 5 min. Before rinsing off. Diligent use of fly spray on her legs and belly in particular, and MTG rubbed into the effected area once a week. She isn't completely clear but it seems to have stopped her from itching so severly. I think its some sort of allergy since none of the other horses are affected.
    The Vet thought it might be a grass allergy so I have mowed my pasture too. She's back on antihystamins and is getting better so maybe its a combination of things.
    If its like Shilohs its only on the legs chest belly neck and a little on the jaws. She is clear from about the ribcage up. Nothing on her back upper neck hip or rump. I think that's why the grass allergy was diagnosed.
         
        07-11-2008, 09:33 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vidaloco
    Shiloh has been having the same problem. I tried tons of different salves and goops too didnt help. The only thing that I have found to help relieve her itching is regular baths with Alodine shampoo that I leave on for about 5 min. Before rinsing off. Diligent use of fly spray on her legs and belly in particular, and MTG rubbed into the effected area once a week. She isn't completely clear but it seems to have stopped her from itching so severly. I think its some sort of allergy since none of the other horses are affected.
    The Vet thought it might be a grass allergy so I have mowed my pasture too. She's back on antihystamins and is getting better so maybe its a combination of things.
    If its like Shilohs its only on the legs chest belly neck and a little on the jaws. She is clear from about the ribcage up. Nothing on her back upper neck hip or rump. I think that's why the grass allergy was diagnosed.


    You hit it on the head, it has never touched more than his crest, his belly, under his jaw a little, and just this year his chest and ears. He was branded when we bought him and it affects his brands too. Would it change things if I told you he is on no grass? Their pasture has no grass, its all woods, we feed square bales that we do ourselves. I mean obviously there is probably some grass material somewhere, but it's a minimum.

    So keeping him on the TriHist is probably a good idea. This is really helpful, thank you! I will probably have the vet out again soon.
         
        07-11-2008, 11:31 AM
      #20
    Showing
    No grass? Hmmm It really sounds like the same thing. I'm now wondering if its some sort of bug that she is allergic to. We wondered for awhile if it was a fungus type thing since we have had a very wet spring/summer.
    I gave her another bath this morning with the aloedine shampoo. She acts so grateful for the scrubbing and it must sooth the itchies because she hasn't been scratching at all.
    I'm doing a little experiment with Listerine (yes the mouthwash) I read someplace that it helps skin condtions so I put some in a spray bottle and dosed her with it. I figured it couldn't hurt since it is an anticeptic. Plus I wont worry about her getting it in her mouth as much as the MTG since she uses her teeth so much to scratch.
    I'll let you know how it goes.
         

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