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post #1 of 5 Old 10-24-2011, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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My Gelding Keeps rubbing his butt raw . . .

We bought 2 horses last July 2010 - my walking horse 5 yrs. old and my stepdaughter's 9 yr. old paint. By December I started noticing my walking horse kept rubbing his butt like we hadn't wormed him, so I wormed him . . . again. I kept noticing that week after week he kept rubbing his butt. Rubbing to the point that he rubs both sides of his cheeks bare and some raw spots but doesn't really rub the hair off his tail bone, so I wormed him again. Within a 3 month period I wormed him every month. Finally, realizing that perhaps there is more of a problem consulted a veterinarian who suggested that he has might have an allergy, perhaps to Bahia grass/seedlings, which is a very common grass in our area. We started him on TriHist, an antihistamine. Victory . . . this seemed to cure the problem. Each day I added the antihistamine to his feed and he stopped the rubbing. But then, we went on vacation and took our horses to TN for a week, which mean't he had a nice stall at night, versus just being out to pasture at home in MS. All the while, continuing with the antihistamine, and actually he got it twice a day while on vacation instead of just once a day. By mid week he had rubbed his butt bare and raw again and now that we have been home it is still continuing. I am totally at a loss. Has anyone had this problem, seen this problem, have any suggestions. We don't have deep pockets to go through a slew of expensive tests. I am really not sure where to go from here.

Thanks. Gina
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-24-2011, 03:49 PM
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When was the last time you cleaned his sheath?

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I think last fall, after we got them but I will clean it today after work. Thanks and am open to any and all suggestions.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-24-2011, 05:20 PM
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A couple of suggestions:

1) I second cleaning his sheath as well.

2) What are you washing him in/spraying on him? Some shampoos, fly sprays etc can cause the weirdest skin allergies and problems.

3) Try to distract him if you think there is a chance this is a boredom vice. Put toys in his stall, make sure he has plenty of hay at all times, etc.

4) Install something less abrasive for him to scratch on - we took the head off a push broom at one of my old barns and put it up at butt-height for a gelding who just wouldn't quit scratching his rear on his high dollar (fancy barn) stall door. Its a lot harder to rub yourself raw on something with soft bristles - if you can get him to use it (the horse we tried it with liked it)

5) Have his skin scraped and checked for bacterial infection or a fungi - this should not be a very expensive veterinary test and it needs to be done if it has not been done already.

6) Put some type of over-the-counter anti-itch cream on his rear-end. It may help, and at this point, what can it hurt?
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-24-2011, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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I am definitely going to clean his sheath this evening. I have used Dawn soap, I have used antibacterial shampoos from our vet, I have tried a topical benadryl gel. As far as at home, he is strictly pasture kept, so no stall issue at home, but he rubs on the fence posts and trees. It was only while we were on vacation and took our horses to the mountains, that it resurfaced and seemed to get worse since he was in a stall and had access to the stall walls to itch and scratch. I will clean his sheath and see if our vet will do a skin scraping. Thank you for the suggestions. He's a great horse for me and I hate I can't solve his problem.
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