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    07-27-2008, 05:41 PM
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Weanling
please help.new here, my horse has hives, i think

I just got my first horse.I gave him bot med when we first got him about a week ago.He is doing fine.I noticed yesterday that he has bumps on him, they look lot bots but the old owner doesnt think it is.I have him on 2 acres and lots of trees and scrubs, that he didnt have at his old place. I don't know what it is?? Any suggestions???
     
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    07-27-2008, 06:17 PM
  #2
Trained
Look like bots? I've only seen bot eggs on a horse's coat, never seen lumps from them. It could be a bit of a reaction to something he's sensitive to like hives, maybe from the bot med, maybe something in his feed or paddock. If it doesn't clear up in a few days, or it's irritating him I'd be calling the vet.
     
    07-27-2008, 06:25 PM
  #3
Weanling
hives?????

Thanks for the advice.....I am new at this. It is bumps on him, all over. Some the size of a nickel.He has had this bot med before so we don't think its from that.But I noticed that he has a few more new bumps on him every day.I live in Fla. And don't think anything out there they are allergic too. Thanks.
     
    07-27-2008, 07:22 PM
  #4
Started
I was thinking an allergic reaction.

Pics please?
     
    07-27-2008, 10:38 PM
  #5
Trained
Pics would be helpful ;)

Sometimes in summer when its too hot too even put a light rug on my guys at night they get bitten by mosquitoes and come up in lumps just like when people get bitten by them. Im assuming fla is florida??? If that's the case its very humid there isnt it? Do you have a lot of mosquitoes around? Any bodies of water that might have the midges that cause queensland/sweet itch? If that's the case a good bug spray for horses will do the trick there

Does the horse seem irritated by the lumps? Are there any signs on him anywhere that would indicate that he has been rubbing like patches of thinner hair in places etc?
     
    07-27-2008, 11:20 PM
  #6
Weanling
Yes it is very humid here and mosquitoes are really bad, we have had alot of rain.No standing water,queensland/sweet itch don't know what that is.I really don't think he is too much irritated by it.No thinning hair no where. It is mainly up on his front legs, belly, and a little here and there.Looks like welps.Yeah, like when we get bit.Some are little and some are big like nickel size, and more raised up.Sorry I really don't know how else to explain it.I will send pics tomorrow.Other than that he seems to be fine.I have him on the same food and hay the previous owner had him on.What is a good spray to use? I have been using bronco. Thanks.
     
    07-27-2008, 11:28 PM
  #7
Yearling
Queensland itch is a reaction some horses get to sandfly bites.

It is definitely an allergic reaction to something. Antihistamines (sp?) may help to remove the swelling and any discomfort. Could you try rugging him first tho to see if the condition improves by not being in contact with whatever is causing it??
     
    07-27-2008, 11:38 PM
  #8
Weanling
What is the best Antihistamines to use? Yes I will try blanketing him.Thanks
     
    07-27-2008, 11:43 PM
  #9
Yearling
I think they have to be prescribed, so the vet would tell you that.
     
    07-28-2008, 12:07 AM
  #10
Trained
It does sound more like they are just bug bites. Blanketing will definitely help. You should be able to get a fly rug for her that wont make her too hot but will keep the bugs off.

You can also add fresh garlic to their feeds and apple cider vinegar either to their drinking water or mixed into their feeds as this is a good natural way to help deter bugs :) 3-4 cloves of garlic either cut into quarters or crushed if your horse doesnt like it should be ample :) I use apple cider vinegar daily in their feeds and they get about 250ml each of that. Im sorry im not sure what that is in u.s. Measurments
     

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