I went to check the horses this morning, we put them on a friends place on Monday to conserve our grass and give it a week or two to spring back.
Went to give Stella and kate some hay and noticed Stella's cheek was very blotchy with hair missing. On a closer inspection the back of her ears, and parts of her neck and face had also lost hair, looks like a mange of some discription. A repeat of last year. As I have mentioned before due to Stella developing a bald spot between her front legs I had a biopsy done and the results were an allergic reaction but to what I did not know.
This morning the answer may have come to me. It is the beginning of tic season and Stella is returning to the same area as last years tic infestation, so I put a tick collar on her (natural product). The same brand I have used for the past two years. ?
On Monday she was fine, 7 days later her skin is the same as last year looks a mess. The common denominator is the tick collar. Used extensivly last year and taken off for the winter, and I had all of that issue with her skin.
I had thought, because she had skin issues all over but mainly in the head area it had to be something she was eating or laying on, it still maybe, but I now have my doubts.
This product has as an active ingredent an oil called (Geraniol) which is known to cause allergic reactions in some individuals. The collar works by imprednating the skin and thus spreading all over the body but from one starting point. That could explain why Stella has different areas of irritation but focused mainly on her head because that was the area of the most contact. (collar).
Considering we are going into year two and the same symptoms have appeared and the common factor is the tic collar. I'm betting on it being the primary cause of her skin problems. Now to fix the damage, as dermatitis is the result in humans I now have to treat her for a simmilar complaint.
The product is called Equi'7 and guess what I found in the small print on the packaging.
(May produce an allergic reaction)
It makes me feel bad knowing that the good intentions towards my horse may have been the reason for her suffering. I should have read the fine print better.
And in parting for the evening. This product may be great, but a spot test should be done in advance to see if the horse reacts to it.
Tomorrow I bring her home. Buy her a new cover as it will have impregnated that, start daily warm showers, (its winter, how would you like to stand there in your birtday suit in the cold wind, while the cause of your irritation, washes you down with cold water, pay back could hurt)
Now Ill go and check out the Simco saddles, not that I am weakening, but it may be the only whay I'm going to get my Tucker saddle back
Stan aka Token
Last edited by Stan; 08-12-2012 at 12:30 AM.