Okay well my new mare is a bit of a neglect case. (turned out to pasture for a year with no real job other then eating, minimal grooming, as well as lacking good all around care)
Needless to say she was givin to me and her buddy was givin to bittybockets parents.
I have been grooming and spending time with her everyday since I got her a week ago and her coat is starting to look wonderful already in such little time. But, I have noticed that she seems to have pretty dry flakey skin in some areas. She has this bald patch that seems to resemble a bite from another horse that constantly flakes pretty badly and it looks pretty old and no hair has grown back in it yet. The cut is about the size of my pointer finger.
I'm assuming that the dry and flakey skin is from lack of grooming all around. She also has an oober thick coat that she is shedding off in good amounts.
Today I hosed her off because she sweats during the day because her coat is so thick. I was going to shave her but it is already shedding out in great amounts and at night it does sometimes still dip around 31 degrees and I don't have a blanket to fit her. Nor do I like blankets for that matter.
Once I hosed her off today I was using the sweat scraper to get off the excess water and there were little dandruff like particles all over the dry skin areas of her body. They showed up more and more as I hosed her off ...
So I mean would this be a normal thing for a horse not properly groomed in a year? (I kinda figured that it is)
Also, is there anything that I can do to help her out with her dry skin? It doesn't seem to bother her in any other spot but under her chin. It's rough and bloody and scapping. I've been putting the expensive Vetericyn Wound Care spray from tractor supply on it but any other opinions on this would be wonderful.
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