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        12-12-2012, 07:46 PM
    Could you get a couple of bales of straw to just throw on top of the she doesn't come in contact with them? It's not going to cost too much. If there's no difference you've lost maybe 15, 20$.......
    I guess, apart from allergy testing, it'll be trial and error, and a lot of eliminating, item per item............
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        12-12-2012, 07:56 PM
    Desert I think I can try that - will there be anything bad if she eats it though? She's eaten bits of my broom before - so I think she may try to eat straw.

    Jaydee- We did have a pony with lice at the old barn she used to be kept at, I did have her checked for it too and she didn't have it. But I didn't think of mites - maybe I should see if they can do a skin scraping - just to make sure.
        12-12-2012, 08:09 PM
    Nothing bad. Just make sure it's clean and not moldy. She might eat quite a lot at the beginning, mine do when they haven't had any for some time. And yes, they nibble on brooms, too
        12-12-2012, 08:12 PM
    Desert - ok I'll try that - I've got the vet coming out to do their teeth after xmas, so if she's still itchy I'll see if they'll do a skin scraping too.

    Thanks you all everyone again ^^ I'm going to look all around and see if maybe there's anything else that could be causing it, but I can't think of anything right off the top.

    Is there any particular type of soft wood that may be more likely to cause irritation?
        12-12-2012, 08:29 PM
    They might use treated wood for the shavings. I've had stuff which smelled more like a chemical factory than wood.....for a COPD horse. Needless to say I didn't use it
        12-12-2012, 09:38 PM
    That's horrifying - I'm incredibly picky with my bedding. I like to use the wood pellets, because they're easier to have in bulk and are WAY easier to clean - they also dry out her feathers (when she's out in the mud) better than any shavings would. I only ever get the horse-quality bedding too, all soft wood - so I think it's fine - but she may have an allergy to a particular type of wood mixed into it. :S
        12-12-2012, 09:44 PM
    Or to whatever they use to bind the pellets with...or there is treated wood in it. All possible
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        12-12-2012, 10:59 PM
    I think a skin scraping is an excellent idea. Have you tried clipping the affected areas and applying some topical ointment like cortisone? Id also put a slinky or something over the horses body to keep away any allergens. Wash it in the mildest soap you can because you may have a very sensitive horse.

    Also, for a horse on hay only, I always boost the Vit A in the winter time in some way. People will argue about supplementing this on top of a RB or what have you, but Im telling you, it makes a difference. I can tell my horses coats actually FEEL different when I supplement it vs when I don't. Softer, finer and certainly more healthy. Minimal to no scurf. For a horse with skin issues, If be feeding whole ground flax all the time and supplementing A during the hay months. I give 5 cc of A orally over feed once a month to boost them up or put them on MAre plus or I have evern found out that Clovite conditioner is just Vit A D and Bs basically so it would work also.
        12-12-2012, 11:43 PM
    Oh I forgot about body covers! I've looked all around the internet but can't find any that cover the belly too? Do you know of any? Can they be used in the winter too?

    As for the vitamins - she's on a ration balancer and an Omega supplement which I believe has Flax in it? I could be wrong.
    I looked up Vitamin A, but maybe you know more about it than my little vitamin guide (The EQUUS Horse Vitamin Guide) Her coat is really fantastic, all dapples and shiny soft and fluffy - better than it's EVER been before.
    I'll look into Flax - but isn't Rice bran for weight gain? I really don't want her to gain weight again xD Desert what do you think about this?
        12-12-2012, 11:53 PM
    Punk, have you tried cutting out everything but hay? If not, try that for a couple of weeks and offer her loose salt. If you have a mineral lick remove it as it is 95% salt which forces a horse to eat minerals it may not need in order to get enough salt. Fat soluble minerals can build up to levels well beyond the horse's needs. Is the "ration balancer" balanced to her needs or creating an overdose of something?

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