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?
'Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow, what a ride!"'