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post #11 of 19 Old 06-12-2014, 07:23 PM
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My 4 yr old gelding rubs his mane out every summer. He had a winter's worth of new growth and now he's rubbing it out terribly. I read up on the neck threadworms and I'm going to try the double dose Equimax. I figure it shouldn't hurt and maybe I can find a cure for the itching.

Not only does he rub his mane out but he seems to itch all over. He rubs his butt a lot and sometimes brushes me into trees when we are riding in an attempt to scratch himself.

He's at a healthy weight and his coat is short and shiny. He LOOKS great. I clean his sheath every few months too, figuring maybe the butt itching is sheath related. I had begun to just accept that he is an itchy horse, but I'm excited to see if the Equimax helps.

Should I follow up in 2 weeks with another double dose? I read that in some of the thread worm links.
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post #12 of 19 Old 06-12-2014, 07:45 PM
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I can't link to it against the rules here but over on Chronicle of the Horse is a really long thread about neck threadworms and it's treatment. It's over 65 pages long. Long but really good read with lots of info.
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LMrob... what are your weather temps and such ? from the photo she is a tad hairy. I also use flax seed to help some of the horses shed. I buy it at Walmart .
be careful with the Vit A , they can get to much . I also will disolve a vit E, b complex and C and pour it over the pelleted feed.
Also check your pasture, there could be weeds with the little fine hairy stickers and that will cause them it itch.
If the hair does not shed, I would have the Vet run a blood panel to check for cushings or any other illness. Hope she sheds soon.
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post #14 of 19 Old 06-13-2014, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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Well it turns out the patchiness IS her shedding and there is hair underneath. She'd been plucking it out more than itching it. An experienced horse friend came by and said her hair under there is just extremely short and fine. She's not bald or bug bitten.

Its coming out better, today I see more summer coat along her back.

We did have a long winter and a very cold spring. Even in late may there were a few overnight temps of 0C and not much more during the days. My stallion still has part of his winter under coat but its going away now too.
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post #15 of 19 Old 06-13-2014, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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Here is a pic of him today.
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A better pic of her. I'll get them some flax seed.
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Here is a pic of him today.
Please send this pony to Michigan. I'll be waiting for him! OMG is he just adorable!
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post #18 of 19 Old 06-14-2014, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks!

I love him so much. His personality is unbelievable. Such a nice, calm fella for a stallion and smart as a whip.

You might appreciate this video from about 3 years ago. He and my bulldog used to play together. Sadly my poor bully died last year from anaphylaxis or they'd probably still play... :(

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they are just soo cute. Sorry about your dog.
I would see what some of the tall weeds are, and try to get rid of those yellow flowers .
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