Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
1. No wonder you're so confused. The Fb pages all that crap was posted on should be burned. While this isn't my primary reason for not having a FB account, it would serve as a close second------
2. Oftentimes a single skin condition is known by different names, depending on locale and age. Me being in the retired category, know all the old time names and have had to learn the equivalent new ones.
For example I know what heaves in a horse is but a lot of the younger generations only know that disease by COPD.
3. There are a plethora of treatments for skin conditions. What works for THIS horse may not work for THAT horse because their chemistries are all different. Thus the reason for hearing about so many treatments for the same skin issue.
3.1. One has to determine if the skin issue is bacterial, fungal, or both, then figure out the cheapest and safest treatment, since no horse owner is rich, in spite of what the rest of the world thinks.
4. How easy a horse picks up a skin issue is predicated upon two things:
4.1. How strong it's immune system is first and foremost.
4.2. It's living environment.
5. Yes some skin issues are spreadable thru the use of brushes and unclean hoof picks, too. When I had four horses, they all had their own brushes and hoof picks.
I am down to two horses, everything is still kept separated and brushes are still frequently washed in hot water/Dawn dish soap.
6. As far as skin issues:
6. 1. Sweet itch spreads like wild fire on a horse. If it gets out of control, a vet is needed because it has nowhere to go but straight to Hades.
6.1.1 Sweet Itch is from the bite of the Midge Fly that is also responsible for laying microfiliae (worms) under the horse's skin. They are called Onchocerca worms, aka Neck Thread worms. They migrate under the skin and itch like heck. They are also recorded as sometimes migrating into a horse's eye, being one of the causes of moon blindness.
6.2. Rain rot is on the back of the horse and causes itchy/flaking/scabbing and sometimes black dots of mold. Rain rot is a misnomer in that it does not need rain to erupt. It needs sweat, heat, humidity, and a poor immune system.
7. Scratches, are hurtful/itchy scabs on the ankles and fetlocks. If let go they can speedily creep up the horse's leg to the inner thighs and have been known to cause cellulitis in a few cases. That means it's time to call the vet as cellulitis can affect the liver.
Scratches is phytosensitivity to dew/sun, wet grass/sun. It is largely found on the white legs of a horse but I have a horse who gets it on his brown legs. He has a poor immune system.
8. Tail itching can range from the horse's sheath itching, to the rain rot itching him, to the horse having Pinworms. Pinworms do NOT show up in a fecal. One has to take a piece of scotch tape and place across the anal area to see if any stick to the tape.
I'm sorry if I seem to fall into your know-it-all category. I don't know everything, a long way from it. BUT I've been on a horse since I was two and started paying for my own when I was 12. I have had horses non-stop 57 years, so I have been to a couple county fairs and a wagon burnin', where horse health issues are concerned:)
I won't bother to detail what I have used on my horses for skin issues because it not relevant. What is relevant is that any horse with chronic repetitive skin issues has an immune deficiency and its up to the owner to figure out how to fix it. Yes, those fixes can also vary, lollol
I hope this is some help - believe me, even the worst input on this forum is head and shoulders over any of that garbage you posted from FB.
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
Last edited by walkinthewalk; 07-04-2016 at 11:36 AM.