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post #31 of 39 Old 12-13-2012, 09:56 AM
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Snickers lives in pasture with a run-in shelter, both where we were and where we are now. No bedding, just sand. The soil is different down here so I was hoping it was a dirt thing where we came from. So, far not. Skin scraping is a good idea I think....mites sound like a possibility.
Have you wondered what chemicals might be in the sand?
I don't know where it comes from but its a possibility.
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post #32 of 39 Old 12-13-2012, 10:26 AM
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I feel for you PT and everyone else who has to deal with Sweet Itch or skin allergies!
I dealt with it last summer with my husbands horse. (I had started a thread and everyone that replied here helped me, thanks again ladies!) Like your horse, even after the weather cooled he still had bald patches and flaking itching skin on his face. My vet had suggested an Allergy test which I put off and then we moved back to NV (from TX). Within three days of moving home, he had completely cleared up. I have a sneaking suspicion that it was a grass or weed in that pasture.
So you could move(LOL) or maybe an allergy test?
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He did? Wow!....well, could be the soil, a plant, a certain insect......could be anything. From where the bald patches are on Punk's mare, I'd say its gotta be either a plant or something in the soil. Which can include mites. Yup, I second allergy test.
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We'll be moving again in about a year - but she's had this as long as i've known her. From the day I saw her at her old home in CT with no shelter, no bedding, no grass - just hay, to our firt home whih was a dry lot with a stall with the same bedding I use now, she got hay and the feed that was way too much, then my new home which had tons of grass and a better grain diet with a stall with bedding. Each move we made she got a little better, but still isn't perfect. I'm inclined to say it isnt the bedding because she did this at her first home where she had none- but i'm willing to try and rule it out. I'll definitely be making her a belly band.
As for the salt - I did think she was pregnant when I first got her because o that and her obecity, but it's been long enough to show that's not the case. I have tried leaving her in with a good 5 pound brick and she consumed it in a week, she certainly didn't look healthy after that. So now she only gets it when she's outside. She will go over and lick it occasionally, but I believe she was eating it in her stall out of boredom when the hay ran out.
I guess i'll get an allergy est when I get the skin scraping, but can't afford euther until after xmas :( she's not miserable like she was in the summer so i'll try what you have all mentioned until the . Maybe she just needs more time for her system to work it all out
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My mare is most miserably when she is covered up. I tried the fly sheet and slinky for a couple of weeks (destroyed the first fly sheet in a little over a week and the second one in 2 days so I gave up on that idea) Slathered her midline with vaseline mixed with every concoction I would dream up. That made her crazy! That was the first clue that it probably wasn't bugs. My mare expresses her problem first on her ventral midline. She will bite and chew on her chest and belly. (my vet couldn't believe that the damage by her belly button was from her chewing on herself until he saw her do it) than finally she rubs her mane out.

What parallels are there between her previous owner and you? Area, trees, grasses and weeds...?

The flax has an anti itch property to it. It will also help improve her skin which in turn will make it more resistant to whatever it is.

My initial round of allergy testing was $100 plus farm call. About the same cost of a good fly sheet. I do not know what Spectrum charged as they did it for free for just a copy of her old results. Have you tried any OTC treatments? She might get some relief from plain old Benadyl. I think I was dosing at 10 2 X a day (1700# mare) Also try Hist All or Tri Hist first.
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Good point she was pretty awful with those fly sheets. I don't know how she'll do with a belly wrap, we'll see.
I'll definitely look into getting some flax!
Yes I tried her on histall during the worst of the bug season, but didn't see any major change I was planning on trying trihist this bug year. But being an antihistimine i'm a little nervous about using it too regularly?
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Have you wondered what chemicals might be in the sand?
I don't know where it comes from but its a possibility.
Yes, I was hoping that it was the chemicals that the horses were exposed to where I moved from a month ago. We were surrounded by farm land. The only thing seperating the horses from the farm fields, where crop dusters flew over crops, was a chain-linked fence.

We have only been in southern California for a month. So, we will see. Maybe it needs more time. The soil is different down here.

I used to give her flax all this past year too. Nothing helped.
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... being an antihistimine i'm a little nervous about using it too regularly?
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Why? If you had season allergies and couldn't get out of bed in the morning without some drugs, would you stay locked up in your house from May to ?? If your kid had asthma, would you not let him take a puffer to school JIK? They can get crazy expensive to dose a horse but you might also discover a $1 dose of Dex every 3-4 days when she's at her worst is all she needs.
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Yeap, nothing wrong with an antihistimine. I gave my mare Antihist every day for months until I found something that worked better. I have allergies and I take medicine every day with little to no side effects. Better to try something than to suffer.
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