Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Can't see it in the picture, but I would make sure that the halter has a breakaway. This is a piece of leather in the neck part of the halter, and it makes sure that if the horse gets caught somewhere, the halter breaks. A nylon halter like yours will NOT break and a horse can kill itself if it gets caught (I know one horse that got a hind foot stuck in the halter and died).
Especially with a horse that scratches a lot, you need to make sure it's a breakaway halter.
Also, your fly mask does not seem to fit her very well, it is very loose at the bottom - should be more snug so the bugs can't crawl in.
I would leave the grazing muzzle off altogether and just keep the fly mask on. It seems kinda cruel to itch and not be able to scratch, and she will just use posts or trees, so I'd try to get at the root cause of the itch.
Fly spray is good, but it's nowhere near as durable as it says on the bottle. None of them. So apply it at least daily.
A fly sheet with a neck would probably be the best against the bugs. I know that money is tight for all of us, but it would be good if she could have one.
Mosquitoes are most active in the twilight hours and at night, so while a shelter is really important against the sun during the day, I would try putting her up at night if you have the opportunity.
Also, I agree that her coat loos poor. May just be dirt, but the summer coat should usually be nice and shiny. Are you sure it's not eczema or fungus? If it doesn't go away with anti-fly measures, I would probably work that up with a vet to check fir fungus and make sure she has everything she needs nutritionally.
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