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post #1 of 8 Old 05-24-2010, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Scratching mane out

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I will be riding a haflinger in a show on the 12-13th of june. He has just been pulled off pasture because he is fat fat fat...
Before pulling him in and housing him in a paddock with shelter I noticed he hasstarted to scratch his mane out.
eeeeekkkkkk it is going to be a mess if I dont do something soon.

I would like to wash the winter gunge from his entire body mostly the mane, but our weather just does not know what the heck it wants to do.

Snow rain wind cold just doesnt want to stay warm enough for me to wash him

We do have a wash rack with hot water though.

Is there something I can do to help with his "itchiness"? i can see there is a few spots under his mane that have less coat hair. He loves to be scratched no wonder he does this to himself.

No he is in the diet room he is probly bored on top of it.

Any suggestions???

Should I buck up and bath him and then walk him til he is dry? Any product I can put in his mane and tail?

I just noticed he even rubbed his tail some last night.

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-24-2010, 11:49 PM
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i just use mane and tail, and walk my horses till they dry.
I think it smells great and they are soooo soft after!!! it only costs about 5 dollars at walmart or at big R. Also you can get a mane guard so it wont fall off. Is he wormed regularly? Thats all i can think of right now.
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-25-2010, 03:15 AM
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Not sure if this is part of the problem, but we see insect hypersensitivity a lot this time of the year where I'm currently at. Can be quite frustrating to treat, and horses seem to rub everything. The use of a good fly repelant (permethrin based lasts the longest) should help minimize exposure to insects. As the insects affect the horse less, they become less pruritic (itchy) and stop the self trauma.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-25-2010, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the article
Interestingly, this haflinger was on Hydroxyzine due to a coughing allergy he seemed to have. I am fairly certain that he started to scratch the mane etc before the hydroxyzine was finished.

The thought already had crossed my mind that his "Itching" may be part allergy related.

The weather here has been crazy so the critters and bugs have not come out to much yet.

When I see my vet again I will ask her if she thinks his itchy fits could be part of his allergies.

I do not own the haffie, but do ride him for the owner who has had this problem before with the mane.

Any other info or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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post #5 of 8 Old 05-25-2010, 02:51 PM
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When it's cool and I need to wash, I go ahead and wash them. Then I scrape as much water out as I can and toss a cooler over them.

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post #6 of 8 Old 05-26-2010, 12:14 PM
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I know it sounds weird, but listerine.

The amber color. Put it in a spray bottle and spray it to the roots of the mane. It cures dandruff and stops the rubbing/itching. It'll also help kill any little critters that might live in the mane. It works great on rainrot too.

It is totally safe to put on full strength, but if it makes you feel weird, dilute it 75% listerine and 25% water.

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post #7 of 8 Old 05-26-2010, 12:14 PM
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Oh and its not painful, I use it on my own head in the winter to cure dandruff when it is really dry out.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-28-2010, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Ha...that is totally funny about the Listerine. The gal at the feed store told me the same thing.
We have had some really unseasonable weather here for the month of May. This time of year it should be well into the 80's and we cant even seem to reach 55 not to menton the rain wind and snow. So I havent tried washing him yet.
It is supposed to get nice after today so I am hoping over the weekend I will get to it.

He seems to have not done it to bad the last few days so that is a good thing.

Today he will be wormed, altho I dont believe that is his issue.

Thanks everyone
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