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post #1 of 2 Old 06-17-2011, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Sweet Itch :(

Ok so I have a 14.2 new forest gelding who just turned 10. He has never had sweet itch before but since moving to a new yard he seems to have developed it whenever you bring him in he is constantly scratching he now has a bald patch on his tail which he continues to scratch and makes it bleed. I don't know what to do as he has never had it before, is it definitely sweet itch? I know it can be caused by stress and we have moved yards quite a few times in the last year but he honestly doesn't seem stressed he seems his usual chilled out self. I have put some stuff on it whih was given to me by the groom as there is another pony with sweet itch up there and that is what they use on her. i cannot however remember the name of this product, it is a green liquid that you pour down the horse straight down the middle. I really hope it is not a reccurring problem with him as obviously sweet itch puts their value down by a lot and I can't help but think this is my fault as he has never had it before i don't really know what else to do and i guess it means this showing season is over as theres no way I can show him with a bald tail. I'm just looking for any kind of advice really I have never had a horse with sweet itch before, and is it possible for them to randomly develop it one summer?

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post #2 of 2 Old 06-17-2011, 09:10 AM
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Sweet Itch also known as Queensland Itch is an allergic reaction to gnats and sandflies or other biting flies. The affected areas are painful and is made worse by rubbing and biting at the skin as your horse is doing and making himself bleed. As you described the areas most affected are the mane and tail.

Most likely what the groom has given to you to pour down the topline of your horse is Poridon which is a fly repellent.

You might try for a course of treatment is to bathe your horse twice weekly to remove crusts and decrease itching. A topical corticosteroid/antibiotic ointment will help to reduce skin allergy and infection.

I am sending you my best wishes and some
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