So I need a few opinions on this. I have a 2 year old gelding, and his skin is peeling and flaking, I thought maybe it was because of a sunburn? But I've been told its because he's young and growing, needless to say I've never dealt with this young of a horse before so I'm new to a few things. The worst spots is his front chest area. It peels in really big flakes and I have not a clue what to do. I've had people telling me to bathe him but if you don't know already, I've had some major issues giving him a bath. I've been also putting skin so soft on him to keep the flies off but I'm starting to think its making it worse. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
Isn't there alcohol in Skin so Soft? Give his chest a good rinse and when dry apply a liberal amount of Vaseline. The bugs will leave it alone. The SSS may be too harsh for his skin. Humans can use horse products but horses can't always use human products. Eg. We can splash iodine on our skin and nothing. Do the same to a horse and his hair will fall out and his skin will be ultra sensitive.
Stop the Skin so Soft. That is exactly what happens when certain things are applied topically and the horse has a reaction to it. Not life threatening but showing a reaction to something on his skin. It has ZERO to do with growing lol. Its a horse not a reptile.
Give the horse a good bath with a mild soap. Rinse VERY well and stop applying topicals of any sort for a week or so. It should stop and curry away. Then, add in topical things one at a time and see what is triggering this. Many fly sprays shouldnt be rubbed in or applied alot.
Are you using the SSS bath oil? There are a lot of SSS variations now. It's the bath oil that is the bug repellant. I use it watered down in a spray bottle. It's mostly mineral oil and fragrance.
I wouldn't use it straight.
That is exactly what happens to me when I try a perfume that I'm allergic to. I peel and itch, I may or may not break out in hives. Sometimes it takes a few try-ons before I have a reaction.
For the horse I mix a few ounces to a quart of water, little dab of vinegar, few drops of citronella oil (the essential oil kind, not lamp fuel), little bit of permethrin. Makes a great cheap fly spray that will last.
If you think about SSS is made to be used watered down, couple cap fulls in a tub of water.