wow I don't think I've ever seen a horse rub their tail completely bald. Yes im pretty sure im going to have him allergy tested, but he's doing much better already with the baths.
Yes have him allergy tested. I have one horse that not only has dust/mold/pollen allergies, but is oat/corn/soy intolerant.
Not only would his tail be nekkid, but so would the rest of him if I didn't have him on something to control the itching.
His chronic thrush issues cleared up considerably after I got him off oats/corn/soy. Putting 4" of new crush and adding grid mats (with holes) in his stall, cleared it up the rest of the way. He goes out during the day, but he is so sensitive that even standing in clean shavings on a dirt floor was not healthy for him.
He is currently on an herbal allergy blend that does more for him than Tri-Hist ever did. While the Tri-Hist helped his itchy skin, it also amped him up and turned him into a snotface.
The herbs have completely stopped his runny eyes and nose. He coughs on rare occasion and he's not rubbing the fence down although he still itches. That being said we live in the Tennessee Valley, where all sorts of allergies prevail. It has been in the 90's to 100's in my particular area since mid-May. Today (Sunday) our heat index is "ONLY" going to be 102. It hit 112 yesterday.
So with this never-ending heat/humidity, the fact the Herbal blend is working to 95% efficiency on this horse, is a miracle IMO.
He is on a double dose but will come completely off the herbs as soon as the daytime temps get down to the 70's or less and stay there. Equine Allergy Herbal Blend: stronger immune system for horses Herbal Remedies for Horses including Natural Equine Supplements for Laminitis and Founder in Horses- Herbs For Horses
I also added an extra 2,400 I.U. Of Vitamin E. People gelcaps that I buy at WalMart. While he is not 100% allergy-free, he is a LOT happier these days - lol
I shampoo him once a month with MalAcetic, an all natural shampoo for dogs, cats, and all classes of livestock.
He is on daily turnout. I cold hose him down every night, and use a hard bristled plastic brush to scrub the sweat and yukkies off him, then put him in his stall for the night with hay and a fan stuck in his face.
Hope this helps