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    03-21-2011, 07:18 PM
Sweet Itch!

My pony has sweet itch and she gets it much worse in the summer and as it starts getting warmer she is rubbing more, I have tried loads of treatments like De-itch, garlic etc. but nothig is working!

Any advice?
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    03-22-2011, 01:11 AM
VASELINE!!!!! Works wonders!!!! From dry skin, to sweet itch... to bite marks.... keeps it moist so it can heal up... also is to thick for the flys to bite!!! But you have to really glob it on regularly... its nasty when you do it, but its soothing for your horse
    03-22-2011, 05:47 PM
Thank you so much I shall try that tomorrow! Thank you! :)
    05-30-2011, 11:06 AM
According to my vet, benzyl benzoate is one of the only things which will help with Sweet itch. I have used an ointment call sweet relief from Sweet Itch it has worked a treat. I would defo recommend it. My horse stopped itching her mane in days. My friend also uses it on her horse. She could barley get her bridle on due to her mare being so sore, she said after a week her scratching decreased incredibly and is now not fighting with her mare to get her bridle on. Result!!
    05-30-2011, 02:01 PM
Sweet itch is an allergy to the gnat saliva when they bite your horse. Usually over the tail or the mane.

3 years ago I started my horse on flax seed and it greatly dereased his allergic reaction. It also helped decrease the size of his sarcoid on the inside of his thigh!

Diluted listerine on the bite sites also helps relieve itching.

What really helped was turning my horse out at night if at all possible. He loved it! No itchys!

In day turnout he still gets itchy with all the biting though...the only real tihng that could help more is a flysheet. But I think those are WAY too hot even for how light and airy they are. They still sweat.

So: night turnout, diluted listerine, flaxseed.

Vaseline might help too...but be careful if turning out in sun (it could burn him as oils magnify the sun's heat) or if your going to show the next day! It would look lovely with all the gunk stuck to him

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