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post #1 of 25 Old 09-29-2012, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Still Itchy?

Hey you guys probably remember me from my last thread about this.

I have a draft mare who's got a seriously itchy belly, it was all raw and scabbed, she'd lay down and rub her belly on sticks and rocks to itch it.
I've done alot to fix it and tonight it just seems awful for her again!
What I've done:
I've completely changed her diet, eliminated excessive protein, she's now on just a ration balancer and Hay and her supplements.
I've been giving her Smart Omega 3 Ultra, for about 2 weeks now
I scrubbed her belly the first day with an antibiotic/antimicrobial scrub
Then with cool water every day after that
After washing her, I lathered on Neosporin, Prep H, and Desitin. Neosporin to keep it clean, Prep H to help the itch, Desitin for the zinc and to keep more bugs off. I used that twice a day for a week, then just Desitin for the next week.
I soak her multiple times a day in Repel X concentration, diluted according to instructions, but with the addition of Apple Cider Vinegar. I tried feeding her ACV but she wouldn't eat it, or drink it in her water. I think it's too late in the season for any of the edible Bug-off things to be worth adding.
Tonight I'm out of desitin, so I lathered her belly in Furazone, but she still seems miserable, pacing in her stall and kicking her belly. I know it's not colic, she was out most of the day today and must have got more eatten than usual, IDK why.

Anyone have ANY ideas what else I can do for my poor pony? She's so miserable she couldn't stop pawing at her belly while I was grooming her, nearly falling over with joy when I scratched it for her.
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post #2 of 25 Old 09-29-2012, 11:57 PM
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My mare still has the same problem too...nothing has helped.:(
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post #3 of 25 Old 09-30-2012, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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I just have to say, I just looked through all your horses - I SO love them! They're so wonderful <3 Drafts rock!! I loved Cheyanne's story <3
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post #4 of 25 Old 09-30-2012, 12:07 AM
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Maybe she's having an allergic reaction to something? Or she might have ulcers?

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Kayella, I know it's an allergic reaction to bugs, I had her on HistAll for a long while, but it just wasn't making a difference. That's when I switched to all the stuff I listed.

I was thinking ulcers too, but I don't think she can have them with the intense amount of magnesium she's getting? Can she? She was galloping around alot today, upset when the neighbors rode by with their horses. Could that be why it flared up again today?
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I'm not sure about the magnesium. Has the vet recommended steroid shots for the allergy? If it's that sever, then she may need it.

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My vet said "it's just sweet itch- she'll live" - she was there for another horse and I snagged her before she left, so I wasn't paying her, but advice like that kind of irked me. I'm considering calling up and asking opinions from another vet in the morning, just looking to see if there were any more ideas. >.<
Thank you
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post #8 of 25 Old 09-30-2012, 03:55 AM
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Thanks PunksTank! I will be moving down south in November. I will be curious to see if she gets this next year. It won't be as hot down there and climate will be different. Good luck!
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post #9 of 25 Old 09-30-2012, 09:22 AM
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Try prescription atarax (hydroxyzine). I have a mare on it & it has made a huge difference.
I'll bet if that vet was itching like crazy she would do something about it.
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post #10 of 25 Old 09-30-2012, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Natisha- I know, seriously. I can't call today closed except emergencies, but i'm keeping her inside today. I'll call tomorrow and ask.
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