Okay so i'm not going to lie, i'm about broke down in tears right now. I went out to get my girl to groom her down after we got some rain, and I noticed her face now has bloody scabs that weren't there last night. She hardly ever has a halter on, so that's not the cause. And he girth area has tripled over night! She had two small scabs that I assumed she got from rubbing herself, so I kept som udder lotion on them and would put some medicated spray on them too.
She's always been a somewhat itchy horse, but not to this extent. I've started spraying some med itch spray and it seemed to help with her itching, she was bathed in vetrolin medicated shampoo, about a month ago. Last year I found out that she has IAD - Inflammatory Airway Disease. And the vet gave me some Azium powder to put in her food to help soothe her airways, but its steroids so she doesn't just get it everyday. I give her half a pack when she acts like she needs to cough, but she hasn't even coughed since december, maybe longer. I took her off Alfalfa, which I suspected was a trigger, since she's out to pasture and never stabled, that's about as much as I could manage it without giving her meds.
But now what? Does she has mild sweet itch?? What can I do to not only heal her up but prevent it from happening again? As far as I can tell she doesn't have overly dry skin. Nothing much as changed in her diet or anything recently, for a couple months they were all getting a little flax mixed in with their feed to help get them shining after their winter coats started shedding out. And I read that flax encourages the body to make more of the oils, which causes the shine, but could also help with itching.
Please I need some help and advice, I don't know what to do, i'm calling the vet tomorrow to get some advice, but it seems half the time they just guess and when it doesn't work they go to the next thing on the t\list that could be wrong.
(she is 3yro as of Jan 26) I put some medicated stuff to help start the healing, I got it a couple winters ago when my older gelding cut his leg. Its to prevent infection.