He is so itchy he hurts himself :(
My pony still didn't shed completly, although mare lost all her hair already. But he's a pony so that doesn't worry me so much.
But there is a problem... He is itchy! It's still not warm enough to shower him, but he needs it badly. At first he rubbed his mane and there are injuries (scratches) under his forelock and a bit less on the neck. I braided his mane (it is really massive and no air comes to his skin). It's healing slowly, but he didn't stop scratching himself until now, when it hurts him. He is without hair on that places. And he is uncomfortable with me touching him there. Today he started scratching himself on his butt, higher than his tail. He has a wound there too now, and it's pretty bad. When I'm brushing him he makes that face (puts his upper lip forward). His whole body is itchy! He has dandruff.
How can I help him and what could be causing this? I'm sure it's not contagious because mare is completly ok, he is prone to laminitis, so he doesn't get enough minerals and vitamins with his food, so I'm giving him extra vitamins mix and he has his mineral salt stone (don't know how it's named in english).
I hope so much it'll be soon enough warm to shower him...
You can't bathe him with a medicated shampoo and put a wool cooler on him until he's dry? There are some "dry" spray on shampoos out there, but I'm not sure it would help a horse who is that itchy.
If you feel it's too cold to bathe him I would take a rubber curry comb in a circular motion to him everyday to try and get the natural oils in his coat to come to the surface.
I'm confused with your comments about linking laminities and minerals? This could be part of the problem, if his diet is missing something it will undoubtedly show in his coat.
I don't think wool coller would work, because I don't have a warm inside place to shower him and he would be very cold when I'd be putting shampon on him...
I'm brushing him everyday.
He had laminitis before we got him, and he foundered. He is on strict diet now, I'm soaking his hay in water for few hours, so sugars go out, but in the same minerals also go out. He grazes about 5minutes a day.
So he doesn't get minerals and vitamins with his food, that's why I'm giving him vitamins in pellets(?). I don't know if he is missing anything...
Black oil sunflower seeds, 1/2 - 1 cup a day will help with dandruff. My yearling has it ALL over her body but she alsi had lice. So you may want to really check for that. There are 2 types one in the mail & tail another on the body.
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Edited to say there are great powders to get rid of the lice that you just hard brush in. No baths.
Sunflowers have omega 6, and that promotes inflammation... Not good for laminitis.
Do you think corn oil or flax seed would work?
He doesn't have lice.
I read that flax seed worked great too but I couldnt find any easily around me. Good to know about sunflowers!
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Yeah I have problems with getting flax seed too - I get it in normal shop with food, but one package is for 3 times :P I always buy all they have, but it's still not enough.
Rice bran or flax won't do any further damage to a founder horse. They actually slow the release of glucose.
Equine Chronicle Flax-An Aid in Preventing Founder
Iv'e heard of people feeding wheat germ oil to help itchiness, we had a mare that was always itchy (although not to the point of wounding herself) and the vet recommended wheat germ oil. Also if there are particularly itchy spots try putting a little glycerin on (you can get it at any drug store) and rubbing it in, it moisturizes and soothes the skin.
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