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    02-28-2013, 08:29 PM
Looks and sounds like what my horse had. Vet said it was an allergic reaction to something. Never found out what, it eventually went away. I would stop using the MTG some horses are allergic to it.
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    02-28-2013, 08:35 PM
Originally Posted by Mochachino    
Looks and sounds like what my horse had. Vet said it was an allergic reaction to something. Never found out what, it eventually went away. I would stop using the MTG some horses are allergic to it.
Thanks! The vet said it was lice. He said the sulfur in the MTG actually repelled the lice. She's not allergic to it, but thanks for the tip!
    02-28-2013, 08:37 PM
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Lice and mange are both 'bugs' that feed off the horse so will be killed by ivermectin as it goes through the bloodstream but both also lay eggs and can live off the horse in bedding etc so you'll need to keep up the treatment and I would spray and disinfect the stable too if she lives in.
I wouldnt rule out rain rot - a daily wipe over with a something that works on fungal and bacterial infections wouldnt hurt or cost much
    02-28-2013, 08:58 PM
I'm thinking its possible she had a small amount of the lice when I got her, and then a combination of the darker, warmer environment of the stall encouraged them to thrive, plus she went from the pasture, high in vitamin A, to grass hay. I just got her on the first of February and she hadn't been de wormed by the previous owners for almost a year.
I didn't get a chance to call the vet and see if we should disinfect the stall, but my barn owner has spray and a sprayer and offered to disinfect her stall for me. So we'll probably just do that anyway.
I have been applying MTG daily, and that should take care of any rain rot. She was very, very itchy though, which I thought was inconsistent with rain rot?
    02-28-2013, 09:14 PM
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For a supplement try Farnam's VitaPlus or MarePlus. I use the vitaplus and I have had great results so far.
    03-01-2013, 01:54 AM
Ok, thanks! Anyone have any experience with red cell? It was recommended by a fellow boarder.
    03-01-2013, 07:15 AM
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Too much iron content and very low in vitamin a and e. I used that for 6 months then switched to vitaplus and I am much happier with the results. I see a big difference in my mares health from using vitaplus. Her respiratory issues have resolved and so far no scratches!!! Even though its prime time for it.
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    03-01-2013, 09:12 AM
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Red Cell is mostly a 'blood builder'. It just makes horses 'high' unless you need improved appetite and energy.

Mare Plus has the highest levels of Vitamin A WITHOUT adding the blood and energy builders (which are usually counter-productive to quiet, easy-going recreational saddle horses.
    03-01-2013, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Tessa7707    
Ok, thanks! Anyone have any experience with red cell? It was recommended by a fellow boarder.
On the few occasions I've used Red Cell it turned a sensible horse into a raving hot head so I avoid it - if a horse is anaemic you can get straight iron supplements.
Most of the insect repellants contain Permethrin which should kill lice and scabies mange mites but avoid contact with any sore patches
Anything that disrupts the normal health of the skin can cause itching
I've bought ponies/horses with terrible lice infestations but the only sore patches I've seen on them is on the mane and tail area or other parts like the shoulders, head and rear end where they've rubbed/scratched themselves on things because they were itching and not isolated areas like your horse has.
Lice are fairly easy to see - if you rub some hair conditioner into the mane and then comb it through with a fine tooth comb you will dislodge them as you can often find them along the line of the mane whereas mites burrow under the skin so less easy to detect
    03-01-2013, 05:17 PM
Ok! Thanks, that makes a lot of sense because her horse is a raving lunatic, and I figured it was just because she's young, but I bet it has something to do with the red cell.

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