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post #1 of 2 Old 08-22-2015, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Sweet itch

So I live in the South and it's hot and humid. My mare gets very itchy and she gets dry skin as well-it gets flaky and almost like she has dandruff. Then she rubs against the fence and trees and makes her hair and mane fall out and welts appear on her skin.

I have owned her for a little over a year and she has had this both summers that I have owned her. Also around her face and ears her skin rubs off the worst. It almost looks like her face is turning dark gray or black from where she has rubbed. I've tried everything I can think of to make it go away-I've put a fly mask on her, a flask mask with the neck attachment, of course fly spray, changing her feed, bathing her more often, using ointments. Nothing seems to have worked so far. My gelding is perfectly fine-no sign of this at all.

I've come to the conclusion that it is sweet itch. This only happens in the summer but she seems miserable and I want to know what to do to help this go away. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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post #2 of 2 Old 08-22-2015, 04:47 PM
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Sweet itch is a fly allergy.

Doesn't sound like it's technically sweet itch but rather her reaction to the temperature. It can be a LOT of maintenance to fix issues like this but my suggestion would be to start with the vet. I would continue to bath her regularly (as in a few times a week) with something like an oatmeal shampoo- calming/moisturizing.

Unless she needs the fly protection I'd put as little stuff on her as possible. Set her up in the shade with a fan.
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