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    01-11-2012, 10:42 PM
Originally Posted by Horse lover77    
What is Vitamin A injectible? What does that do for your horse?
Liquid vitamin A that you feed orally via syringe to your horse which helps with deficiencies that cause dry skin and a lot of other problems. Cherie is the expert though so be sure to ask her :)
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    01-11-2012, 11:33 PM
Who is Cherie :) I would really like to know my horse has terribly dry skin!
    01-12-2012, 12:12 AM
Originally Posted by Horse lover77    
Who is Cherie :) I would really like to know my horse has terribly dry skin!
The Horse Forum - View Profile: Cherie

There she is. She's wonderful at explaining things and she definitely knows what she's talking about so she can help you with that.
    01-12-2012, 02:31 AM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
It could be bacterial. A lot of "rain rot" is caused by Dermatophilus congolensis. This bacteria responds to penicillin. Topical neosporin can also help. If the problem is caused by Dermatophilus congolensis, the hair will come out in little chunks that have thick dandruff at the base. This one can grow on you as well as your horse.
NO IT IS NOT - the initial problem is fungal - then if the skin is broken - from horse rolling in dirt, scratching to relieve the intense itch or the owner picks off the scabs then you risk bacterial infection and then you require both an antifungal and antibacterial treatment.

Rain rot/mudfever/greasy heal are not normal scabs - they are made up of lymph that has oozed through the skin as a result of the fungus, the lymph then congeals around the hairs developing a locked on tight scab. If you forcibly remove the scab you pull hair directly out of the skin by its roots, because the skin is already compramised by the fugus it breaks open and bleeds.

Treat with a fungal shampoo the moment you feel the lumps will generally clear it really fast.

Skyseternalangel - you can just towel dry - don't rinse.
    01-12-2012, 07:52 AM
Thanks - I washed with betadine but didn't help. Wouldn't that kill anything? I towel dried it very well and kept his legs clean - still didn't help. I did also try a whole bottle of antifungal shampoo over the summer - nothing seemed to work. I was able to get it under control after having some sauve from the vet and then it turned winter. But I can tell you the scabs still appear not as bad but they still reappear. Who knows what works!
    01-12-2012, 08:59 AM
Definately give the Nizoral a try - I've had great success with it on a very large number of horses - I get the chance to use it on racehorses that have come back in from their holiday with it. To date its been really good - make sure that you use well beyond the affected area - being fungal it spreads by spores that are ejected outwards so the area always gets larger.
    01-12-2012, 12:52 PM
Total diet of horse in question?
    01-12-2012, 01:30 PM
Originally Posted by DressageIsToDance    
That's odd...MTG is the problem solver for just about everyone at my barn.
Never worked on any of our horses either.

I agree with the trying to add to the inside to benefit the outside. Oil, rice bran, flaxseed, etc.
    01-12-2012, 02:44 PM
To strengthen the skin from inside you need Copper and zinc in your supplements - next time you are buying some go for the ones that have the higher component of them.

Vitamin A is an oil based vitamin and is stored in the liver - too much is worse than too little. It should not be supplemented without veterinary advice especially if you are feeding a composite feed that will already be fortified with vitamins.
    01-12-2012, 03:01 PM
My horse was allergic to insects (I live in Hawaii, insects are a way of life) and the only thing ever helped was a steady coating of Crisco mixed with sulfur (the Flowers of Sulfur powder from the drugstore.) The farrier told me to try it. It got the hair to grow back, but it didn't CURE anything. I believe steroids would've been be the only other option.

dermatitus, mud fever, scabs, scratches, skin issues

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