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    05-13-2013, 09:48 PM
Selena has hives...Help please!

So this is just one thing after another with her lately.

She just got over being sick with a virus, now I brought her home to be away from the sickness but now she has hives! She's gotten them before, but that was because of her being allergic to alfalfa. I am 80% sure this is bug related, as the pasture has been unoccupied for a few months and I am sure the bugs have had plenty of time to nest. They are all over her head, neck, and cheekbones. A little bit on her back but not too bad. She is VERY itchy. I rode her today and she didn't seem too bothered by it. We leave for a show on Wednesday and won't be back til Sunday, so I'd like to try and do my best before we go on the long drive.

I sprayed her with fly spray but it didn't seem to do the trick, I have never had luck with most of the fly spray I've tried. Seems this kind isn't keeping the bugs off either.

I brought her into the round pen as well because I am afraid she's going to founder on all the grass the pasture has at home...sigh.

Any ideas? I was thinking either banamine or some epi. I'm going to wait for Mom who knows a lot more than I do but for now just some general ideas would be great...I'm hoping she will at least clear up when we get up to the show and she can be in a stall.
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    05-13-2013, 09:51 PM
My horse broke out in hives last year, some sort of bug bites or something! Anyways, he was given a NSAID by the vet, previcox, cleared up in 4 days.
    05-14-2013, 12:34 AM
Used to have a mare that would get them. Not sure if it was bug related or sensitivity to something in the pasture. She'd go nuts trying to rub up against anything she could get near for relief from the itching. Would cold hose her until she calmed down a bit, then a shot of banamine and then back to cold hosing for about 20 minutes until the banamine started taking affect. Was usually the only treatment needed until next time. I'm guessing it was some kind of spring time weed in her pasture because it always happened in the spring and only once a year. Whatever it was, it never bothered any of her herdmates but she was the sensitive sort with everything and a drama queen on top of that.
    05-14-2013, 12:40 AM
What worked for my gelding last year was Equi-Spot, applied mostly according to package directions. I did put some under his throatlatch because he was scratching it on everything. Scared the bejeezus out of me.

The other thing I did for him last summer was put him on TriHist. It worked for him, but if you don't already know, it only works for about 50% of horses.
    05-14-2013, 12:45 AM
My gelding gets, what I've always assumed, to be fly/ bug bites on his chest. He gets bumps that have bled. Garleze helped, fly spray helped. Bacon grease once a week solved it. I still think its bugs of some sort, presumably flys or flying ants. Either way, that worked for my hypersensitive gelding.

When he get bit up we do all three. As he's more reactive. Why, how, will it work for you? Idk. But anymore it's my go to wound dressing, and bug repellent. I basically use it instead of swat.

Use it or don't. Works for me.
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    05-14-2013, 01:10 AM
Green Broke
First summer that we had our TB he had hives really bad. Looked like giant bubble wrap all over his stomach. Vet gave him shot of steroid and gave us Tri-hist. Going on three summers and nothing since then (knock on wood). I will post a pic. Was horrible.

    05-14-2013, 01:50 AM
Originally Posted by nvr2many    
First summer that we had our TB he had hives really bad. Looked like giant bubble wrap all over his stomach. Vet gave him shot of steroid and gave us Tri-hist. Going on three summers and nothing since then (knock on wood). I will post a pic. Was horrible.

If it looks like that ^ I may be barking up the wrong thread. What I'm referring to is more like beestings. Small in diameter, but large outwards. And more wound like.

Well I suppose we've covered both options.
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    05-14-2013, 01:52 AM
Selena's look more like the picture posted, just in a different place.

Thanks for the suggestions guys! All of them :)

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