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post #1 of 5 Old 05-15-2011, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Sweet itch -is there a 'cure'?!

Hey all (iv never posted on this before so i'll apologise in advance if this is in the wrong place!),

My situation is this: My 13hh companion pony is suffering terrible sweet itch and is completely miserable with it. When we got her we didnt know she had it and shes too big a part of our family for us to give her away (even though she is costing more than my 15.2hh ridden horse!)
She is currently fed cavalesse, fly rugged and soaked in a strong fly spray every day however shes still itching. (she was on steroids last year too but with little success)
A boet rug (the ones specially for sweet itch which are also expensive) is out of the question for us as she is way to playfull and we currently go through 2-3 good quality rugs each summer as she just shreds them!

If anyone has any little tips or just anything that may help i'd love to hear for you as it breaks my heart to see her looking so sad!

thanks for your time reading this-Leanne.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-15-2011, 04:58 PM
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My horse's belly sometimes gets attacked by midges. I just use a boatload of anti-itch cream (cortisone or similar) and a ton of Swat to keep the flies off.

Other possible remedies are witch hazel, MTG, white vinegar, desitin.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-15-2011, 05:28 PM
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Have you ever tried any products by Zephyr's Garden? I've used some of their anti fungals with a lot of success. I've heard people who have had good luck with their anti-itch products.

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post #4 of 5 Old 05-15-2011, 06:01 PM
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Read at least the first several pages of this....Lots of "Sweet itch" is actually neck thread worms and can indeed be cured or made loads better. Its an easy fix to try

something to kill adult Onchocerca? 19 CASE STUDIES POSTED-PAGE 58 - Chronicle Forums
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-30-2011, 09:52 AM
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Hi my mare is very itchy boarder line sweet itch, she suffers from other fly bites too, swells up and if the bites are in the saddle area I can't ride for days. I came across a lotion called sweet relief, it is the best stuff i have tried, it stopped her itching her mane within days. also used it on her other bites and the lumps have started to go. I found it on Sweet Itch i really recommend it.
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