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post #1 of 3 Old 09-20-2010, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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itchy skin - advice please.

I'm sure this is an ongoing discussion and I did read the other posts and didn't really get an answer for our problem.
I dewormed Spartan about a month ago (but he's growing so fast maybe I didn't give him a strong enough dose).Today I noticed he's REALY itching his tail, so I'm guessing we still have a problem with pinworms I'll deworm him again shortly with a different dewormer.
The thing is his whole body is itchy. He rubbed his mane off this summer (I suspected the biting bugs we had this summer to be responsible for that). Today I noticed he scratches his whole body. I don't see any bumps, scabs or anything like that, the only thing I see is mild hair loss that doesn't look like anything but no hair, and that's on one tiny spot smaller than a dime on his side. Could this whole body itch be associated with pinworms? Could it be some residual itch from the bugs of the summer? Maybe dry skin, but he's only a little flaky on his back.

Any advice or opinion would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-20-2010, 10:57 PM
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Ah the ongoing itchy horse problem. My barn is full of horses rubbing themselves raw. One horse has actually been tested and is allergic to everything under the sun, and gets certain shots at different times of the year. My moms horse looks bad in the summer, and we have come to the conclusion she is allergic to bug bites, she doesn't get to go out anymore, except for a couple of hours when it's not so hot out. She gets benadryl in the morning and night to help her. My friends horse, is on benadryl, has just had a depo injection, and was on dex powder for four days, and he is still rubbing himself raw.

You could always try benadryl if the itching doesn't get better. I don't know about the pinworms, but you could also try some medicated shampoos maybe has a fungus? I'm not sure, it seems like this year is horrible for itching horses.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-21-2010, 09:45 AM
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Yup, sounds like an allergic horse. I would add flax meal to his diet. Flax has shown to soothe skin allergies. MSM or Yucca also reduces inflamation. You can buy OTC antihistimines from most feed stores. If you still have bugs around, buying a fly sheet would probably help as well.
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