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    08-09-2013, 08:16 PM
Green Broke
Horse is itchy & grazing questions

So, in efforts to condense my two questions into one thread- here it goes.

1. My new guy who I brought home last Friday likes to itch on EVERYTHING. He ended up colicing on Saturday night and I never noticed he itched excessively until Monday. He didn't do it (to my knowledge) until after he coliced. He broke my salt block holder because he had to itch his tail. He itched his mane, nose, face, ears, tail head, etc.

First thing I thought of was worms so I bought wormer and will be doing that later this week. I am planning on putting him on some probios first then worm him.

He has a bite on his shoulder that I put corona on that he now itched excessively making it alittle raw. I sprayed wound spray on it and he went into his stall.

I also noticed that he itched under his jaw excessively and he made it raw. When I noticed it, there were little gnats in it and I immediately put swat on it.

Other then worms, what could it be? Other then moving barns and the hay being different he is still on the same ration balancer as before.

2. He is a haffie around 14.2 and vet estimated alittle under 1000 pounds. He is chunky but not obese. He looks good to me considering all my critters are easy keepers. Haha. He will be pastured with 6 other horses on 60 acres. (Soon to be condensed into 15 acres) he has never foundered to my knowledge but he does have a mild cresty neck. No fat deposits though anywhere else on his body. His crest isn't hard but is a bit firm.

I don't need him foundering so how would you guys suggest be the safest way to pasture him? I was thinking of a muzzle but I tried putting it on him once and he was NOT happy and has never had one on. Not to say I can't continue to leave it on him and force him to get over it. Lol.

He is stalled at night so he will only be grazing for less then 9-10 hours a day.

He is also low man on the totem pole and if I muzzle him he won't be able to defend him self when he gets "introduced" to the herd.

Any and all input is very appericiated!

Here are pics of the bugger :)

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    08-10-2013, 07:52 AM
Green Broke
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    08-10-2013, 08:44 AM
Green Broke
I have a couple "first thoughts"

1. How far did he travel to live with you? Sometimes, if counties are big enough, just moving from one end of the county to the other can make a difference in the foliage. He may be experiencing environmental allergies.

If he came from "up the road a piece", he may have already had the itchies and they went un-noticed because you didn't get to see him in his "at liberty" environment for too long a time.

2. Is his turnout routine the same with you as where he came from? Meaning, if he was stalled at night, before, and he might be n 24/7 turnout now, he could be experiencing reactions to mosquitoe bites, midgle fly bites and whatever other night time bugs you might have.

3. I was going to say he might have pin worms but they don't itch their heads from pinworms

4. Feed. What was he eating at his old home? What is he eating now? He could have food allergens - One horse of my four with terrible allergies to oats, corn, and soy. His reactions were behavioral, however.

He's cute little sweetie-face and sure doesn't appear to have experienced the itchies before, but you might call the Seller and talk to them
    08-10-2013, 09:04 AM
Green Broke
He was turned out 24/7 before but with me he is stalled at night. He didn't have any raw itchy spots that I noticed when he was at his old home.

Feed is kept the same. She had him on "alittle less then a cup 2x a day" and I have him on a cup 2x a day. So really not much difference there.
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    08-10-2013, 09:11 AM
Green Broke
Stand outside with bare skin in the morning and at dusk. Those little gnats will drive you nuts. I itch for days and if bitten enough I even swell up around my eyes and neck. They are really bad here this year. Probably all the rain and erratic temperatures.
    08-10-2013, 10:10 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
He was turned out 24/7 before but with me he is stalled at night. He didn't have any raw itchy spots that I noticed when he was at his old home.

Feed is kept the same. She had him on "alittle less then a cup 2x a day" and I have him on a cup 2x a day. So really not much difference there.
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Shavings or pellets. What brand are you using?

I had used shavings from Tractor Supply for several years but started having problems with them. I changed to Calloway shavings and life has been good ever since.

I would be especially worried if you buy your shavings in bulk, locally, as anything toxic (like walnut) could be mixed in and be causing a reaction

If it's possible to strip down his stall and even go so far as to Clorox it or Novalsan it, I might try that and buy a few bags of a brand of shavings or pellets that are not made by the same company you currently use.

Or, if you're using locally cut bulk shavings, buy a quality brand of bagged shavings and see what happens.

Lot of work if it turns out to be for nothing but it's something I would try, spittin' nails the entire time - lollol
    08-10-2013, 10:26 AM
Green Broke
I've been using blue seal shavings. That could be it but I wouldn't think so. I will try that though!
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    08-10-2013, 09:22 PM
I have a little mare that is really allergic to gnats every summer we battle itchy skin. You can give him benadryl to help with the itching 25mg per 100lbs. I buy the equate brand pills and crush them with a mortar and pestal and put it in their feed. I also like products with sulfur in them to help protect the itchy areas, the sulfur kills bacteria and fungus and keeps the bugs off. Horsemans dream is a product I like, MTG is a good product but mostly oil and is a mess, or I just take some baby diaper cream mix with powdered sulfur an smear it on.

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