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post #1 of 6 Old 10-29-2011, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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Dry skin :(

My gelding has been battling dry skin and I'm fed up!
He is on 1.5lbs Gro n Win
3oz Cool calories
10lbs hay

I don't know what to do about the dry skin. Its driving me crazy. With winter coming up I'm TERRIFIED he's going to rub his tail(finally got a good 3 inches of growth over his bald spot)
I've heard flax seed and black oil sunflower. Anyone have greater success with one over the other.
I don't want to use vegetable oil a "coat supplement" I'm looking for something natural. If there's a natural supplement cool I'm game to try it. But I try very hard to keep his startch/sugar intake down to a minimum. He doesn't do well on oats/corn he turns from a deadbroke can be ridden by 3 year olds paint to some psycho dances in crossties bucks at a canter monster.
Help? :(
I'm beginning to doubt his feed. I need a bag Monday... I'm planning on asking the nutrition expert there but I have a feeling she's going to try and sell me another feed. -_-
I'm also trying to keep his volume of feed to a minimum...hence not wanting another feed to add to it.
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-29-2011, 10:51 PM
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Kym Are you sure it's very dry skin and not irritation from tiny gnats. That is the area horses will rub when the gnats are out. Some call them sand flies. Whatever, they have a nasty bite for their tiny size. As soon as the bugs show up in spring I make liberal use of petroleum jelly, rubbing it in to the tail, especailly hear the tail head, the anus, teats on a mare, base of the ears and chest. By slathering it on it will last about 3 days. I've tried almost everything known to man and this works best.
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I'm sorry I forgot to clarify. He has a patch of dry flaky skin on his left elbow that never goes away. Also if you lift his mane he has dandruff at the roots. Ditto with dock. That's what leads me to believe its an internal problem not external but I could be wrong.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-30-2011, 11:09 PM
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I have heard feeding Sunflower oil helps with dry coats- try google searching it to get more info

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post #5 of 6 Old 10-31-2011, 05:38 PM
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If it were me, I'd add OmegaHorse Shine to his diet. It has ground flax meal and other "goodies" that are designed to help with coat and hoof health, as well as overall health. I really like that it has psyllium in it that helps move sand through the gut - we have sandy clay soil and our horses just LOVE to tip their feed buckets over and eat off the ground. We tried feeding on rubber mats and/or tarps. The horses still figured out how to dump their feed on the bare ground. (I actually saw one of the geldings pick up his feed tub and carry it over to another spot!)

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-31-2011, 06:50 PM
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Flax or rice bran. Omegatin if you have that near you. Great for skin and coat condition. I am constantly being told how shiny and nice my horse's coat looks.

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