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post #1 of 9 Old 05-10-2015, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Dandruff

How do I get rid of dandruff my mare has a lovely mane but very bad dandruff will MTG get rid of it I brush it almost twice a day at least once a day and I'm not talking little flakes she has almost dime size dandruff !!! It's so gross
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-10-2015, 12:18 PM
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I find that getting rid of dandruff for good usually starts from the inside out. This means ensuring that my horses have a good quality vitamin/mineral supplement and sometimes some flaxseed meal to add that bit of extra shine. With our older mare, she actually does best with getting 2-4 oz of canola oil every day to lend the extra shine and keep dandruff at bay. Before anything else, take a good look at what you're feeding your mare and consider making any appropriate changes. If you do make any changes to diet, it may take up to a couple of months to really see the difference.

In the mean time, I would recommend giving her a very thorough bathing with medicated shampoo. Get a curry and really use some elbow grease to loosen up the flaky skin and dirt, then let it soak in for a few minutes and rinse off very thoroughly. I wouldn't recommend bathing her too often though, as that can also strip the hair/skin of its moisture. Finally, coconut oil is usually a very good hair and skin conditioner that you can use to detangle.
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-10-2015, 01:22 PM
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According to stable smarts written by Heather Smith Thomas, she suggests to spray listerine mouthwash on the coat and rub it into the skin two times a day since the antiseptic will kill the bacteria causing the dandruff. Just put it into a cheap spray bottle then use a grooming mitt or rubber curry to rub it in. I also wrote an article about this on my site that you can check out the link in my profile if you want some other ideas or tips. Otherwise, let us know if you try it and if it helps! I've never tried it myself, but very curious.

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post #4 of 9 Old 05-11-2015, 10:27 PM
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Agree it has to start from the inside out and won't happen overnight.

First and foremost she should be current on whTever de-worming program the vet suggests for your area and her living environment.

When one of my TWH's had huge flakes of dandruff that even the medicated shampoo couldn't keep rid of, he had environmental allergies. Along with the big flakes, his skin would crAwl and he did not like to be groomed unless it was the vacuum.

What got him under control was Remission which is high in magnesium. He was also always a horse full of angst and the Remission calmed him to where Mr. WTW thought he was a new horse

Not saying this is your horse's issues, I am just saying environmental allergies were what was wrong with my horse (the big dandruff flakes), etc.

Diet is also important. My horse only gets the Remission, Probios, flax, and a condensed vit/min supplement mixed into two cups of Timothy pellets twice daily.

His coat is slick without that awful itchy dandruff and he now enjoys being groomed

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post #5 of 9 Old 05-12-2015, 12:06 PM
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I use Head and Shoulders. It works!

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post #6 of 9 Old 05-12-2015, 11:33 PM
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I've heard Listerine helps, as does Lubriderm lotion, though that's best for scurfy areas on their coat.
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-15-2015, 09:58 PM
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I have a horse with the same problem. Mane and tail he gets huge flakes of skin come off, i use Listerine spray (use the amber colored one) and mix it with baby oil and witch hazel to re-hydrate the skin, otherwise the alcohol in the Listerine will just make the skin more dry,
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-19-2015, 11:27 PM
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I have used equal parts amber listerine, apple cider vinegar and water. Worked pretty well on my mares mane, as long as it's done consistently (probably no more than 2x a day, I'd recommend just once)
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-21-2015, 03:03 PM
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Wash it with Mane and Tail shampoo or human shampoo. Mix a cup of white vinegar and some conditioner(maybe a packet of Karatin) in a half bucket and sponge it on liberally. Do that a couple of times per week and see how it goes after a couple of weeks.
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