Originally Posted by Ashsunnyeventer View Post
I'm not any type of "feed guru", but my vet told me that rice bran can lead to brittle bones. She suggested senior feed (no matter what age the horse is) with beet pulp (for weight) I know that corn oil is really good for weight and it also makes their coat shiney, but it sounds like you're having a different kind of coat problem. My mare had some sort of skin problem (could've been sweet itch) and we put Eucerin cream on it every day untill it got better. My gelding had an itchy tail and we sprayed him with a water and Listerine mixture. Just don't use the sweet mint Listerine becasue It attracts flies and other horses!
Good Luck :)
Never heard that about Rice Bran, always heard good things! LOL
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman View Post
I've never seen a horse change colors so drastically........so. I assume the little dark spots all over his front end are from the sweet itch? Where else does he have them? Im thinking neck thread worm here.....
To rule out feed allergy I'd switch him back to the life design. If it's really sweet itch the only thing you can do is keep him indoors at the times the gnats fly, dusk and dawn. Or try using Avon-skin-so-soft as a repellent, which works really well, btw. But it also has to be applied before dusk and dawn.
I don't see much difference weight- wise between the two pics I must say, but losing weight due to sweet itch is more than likely, he spends probably more time scratching than eating. That could make him nervous too. Im slightly aggravated when I itch......
If he was my horse, I'd have bloodwork done to see if there is something missing.
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Thanks for the reply!
Yes the dark spots are either bare skin or where the new hair is growing in. There are a few more on his midline of the belly/sternum. The vet was suprised that he had no hair loss on the tailhead and that it was so concentrated on the neck shoulder area.
What made me assume bugs was that the skin that the mane protects on the neck has no sores. It is still slightly bleached but not as bad as the rest of his body. Obviously some of that is from being turned out all day but not all.
The vet also suggested penning him up out of the sun then turning him out at night. I don't have a barn. All I have are some working pens that happen to be in the shade. He was very aggravated for the few days I penned him. Which normally I wouldn't care but I figured it wasn't helping his situation by stressing him.
I also apply flyspray morning and evening to keep the bugs off. As much as he itches and the humidity here I don't think a fly sheet would be a good investment.
I guess I should of mentioned that he has been wormed twice for Threadworms per the vets advice. And he will be wormed again next week.
He has a bonier build naturally but he has lost weight compared to everyone else, even my other hard keeper has been gaining and looking well. I was thinking, like you, the allergies causing stress/weight loss. ...or kinda hoping rather than something more serious.
No matter what I will be making an appointment for an allergy test or/and blood panel, just wanted to get some opinions from folks that know more than I :)