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post #1 of 11 Old 05-26-2012, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Itchy, itchy Horse

Can someone please give me some advice on what to put on my horse to help him stop itching? He's itching really bad on his face and neck. Thank you.
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-26-2012, 07:55 PM
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Sounds like he may have dried soap or something there. Or perhaps that area needs to be curried?

Horses are typically itchy after working hard due to sweat drying.

You could try bathing him or currying him really clean.

But there may be something else going on, like a condition of sorts. Could you take a picture of where he is itching?

If he's itching his tail, listerine will help.

You can use a spray on cleaner prior to currying to get rid of extra dust (I recommend Laser Sheen)

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-26-2012, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Here are a couple of pics.
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-26-2012, 08:03 PM
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Not to alarm you, but that looks like some sort of fungus. I don't have that much experience with treating it but your vet would know (and some people on here will post their opinions and tips)

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-26-2012, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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That's what we were thinking, a fungus. We've started to put Nu-Stock on it. Just wondering if we should use something else.
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-26-2012, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Just read up on Vetericyn and applied that to my boy tonight. We're going to treat it with this. The vet will be coming out soon to give him his shots and we'll have her take a look at it. What do you think?
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-26-2012, 09:06 PM
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Good game plan, no experience with vereticyn though so can't help there!

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post #8 of 11 Old 05-26-2012, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-27-2012, 11:37 AM
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If that isn't neck threadworms, a/k/a onchocerca worms, I'd lose a lot of money on the bet.

Parasite Information - Neck Threadworms

If your horse is prone to colic or ulcers, consult with your vet first. Have him or her recommend a strong microbial ready to start feeding with the next meal.

EquiOtic and Succeed are good ones for example

If you do the double-dose with pure ivermectin, expect to see the sores get worse - a lot worse for up to 72 hours after worming. That is the NTW's dieing off under the skin and give the horse one last moment of misery.

Topicals are great to keep the flies off them. If the sores are open, I use Triple Antibiotic ointment and diaper rash cream. The diaper rash cream stays on and keeps the flies off
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-27-2012, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Oh wow, I've never heard of neck threadworms!! Yikes! We worm him regularly, so I really hope it's not this. Now I'm really anxious to get the vet out. Thank you for the information.
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