Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
My friend in the UK has terrible problems caused by what we call 'midges' - really tiny gnats that are mostly about early morning and early evening and stabling a horse at this time of day can help a lot - the horses develop an allergy to the saliva the gnats slobber on them and it causes sweet itch.
She found that putting loads of baby oil all over the top of the tail stopped the gnats getting to the skin. They also arent keen on garlic smell so she feeds that to the horses too.
If it gets really bad some vets will suggest a cortisone treatment - you could try a cortisone cream or any other sort of itch relief cream - you know what its like when a bite itches you - you just have to keep scratching at it as it feels 'so good'
If you've ruled out pin worms and parasites like mites that actually live on the horse and irritate then I can't suggest that as a cause