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I've recently found these bumps on her chest and I'm pretty sure they're from pesky bugs, but what kind? They've never gotten this bad to the point that they start bleeding!! I do thoroughly groom her every day and apply flysprays before turnout. How can I help heal these bleeding bites and how can I prevent it?
 

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My best guess is your horse is allergic to someone's bite. It could be Midge flies, mosquitoes, even plain old house flies.

If she's like that on her chest, have you checked her belly line and teats? She could be bit all to heck in those areas too.

And the insides of the ears ------ I'll bet she's bit up inside her ears. You can use any kind of healing ointment and rub it gently inside her ears. It will heal the bites, plus the ointment acts as a deterrent against future fly bites.

It is truth that diet helps deflect insect bites. Sweet feed is the absolute worst as it permeates thru the skin when the horse sweats --- the odor is terrible if ones nose is sensitive enough to pick up on it:(


You could buy SWAT and slather it on her chest but that is big area to cover with SWAT and it would have to be cleaned off every day.

I am no help with fly spray, except to say Zonk! Works really well the few times I do need fly spray.; I still have a half gallon from two years ago. My horses are both easy keepers so I encourage them to go in the barn, lollol

My barn is set up to where each horse has their own entrance and their own drum fan. I leave hay for them and they come into the barn whenever they want.

If you don't have the option of putting her up during the day with a fan, I have heard decent reviews about Absorbine Ultrashield.

https://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail...0&cadevice=t&gclid=CMq2lMzEldQCFQODaQodeegIgQ

Or maybe someone will come in with an all natural fly spray recipe.
 

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That looks for all the world like hives to me. She could have an allergic reaction to something (weeds, bugs, etc) and get those itchy bumps. The reason they're bloody is probably because she's scratching them. My horse has them too, they're a pain in the rear. Benadryl or some type of antihistamine helps, and you can give them the people kind. The horse dosage is 25mg per 100lbs, so my horse gets about 12 pills every 24 hours, and if it's really bad, 10 pills every 12 hours.
 

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I have checked her entire underside along with her teats and thighs, but they seem fine. As for her ears, none there because I usually rub some flyspray in there. Do you guys think a fly sheet could prevent her chest from being bitten?
 

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I have checked her entire underside along with her teats and thighs, but they seem fine. As for her ears, none there because I usually rub some flyspray in there. Do you guys think a fly sheet could prevent her chest from being bitten?
Well, @ChieTheRider is likely right that you're looking at hives from something. I might eliminate flying bug bites since her ears and underbelly are clean:)

Running into a nest of spiders could do that -- I had that happen 20+ years ago to a horse that ran in a pasture that wasn't bush hogged before I bought him. The lab results determined "---bites of an unknown source but likely spiders---"

If that were ant bites, I Would think there would be some on the legs and neck.

Certain types of weeds can also do that but again, I would think you would be seeing something on her nose as well.

A lot of folks do use Benedryl as CTR suggested. You could try Benedryl at the dosage CTR directed and give the hives ten days; although with my horse they took over a month along his side and flank area to go away.

The fly sheet will help IF it's some sort of flying insect and provided it goes high enough to protect her whole chest. If you're in Michigan, hopefully it's not hot enough yet to where the fly sheet will make her miserable. If that was caused by a crawling insect, like ants or spiders, the fly sheet could make things worse by trapping them underneath it.

Cold hosing her chest will help a lot:)
 

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In answer to your question about use of a flysheet....
YES....
If nothing else you are putting a barrier between skin and object she suffers from.
A flysheet will also possibly show what it is that the contact is with...residual left behind.

You make mention of this is not the first time but is the worst time...
I immediately thought of your turnout has a area that she is pushing through something that is chest high with weeds, vines, spider webs and spiders or other creepy crawlies that once disturbed fight back by biting...
Midge flies can do this in allergic reaction to...
Some horses allergic response also gets worse each time a introduction happens...
I would send the picture to your vet and ask their opinion...they know your area and chances are you may not be the only one with a horses reaction as such.
My other thought is getting a Epi-Pen for the horse if the vet thinks it is warranted as exposure again is greatly enhanced til you discover what the offending "thing" is..
Might be over-kill to be so prepared but better prepared than a deadly result...

This might be crazy but could she have been exposed to poison-ivy? :think:
Anyone burning brush and debris with her t/o area smoke covered?
That though should affect her entire body...however, she may only be able to "scratch" certain spots...and you would be getting a exposure to the oils of the ivy vine so scratching too.
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Looks like gnat bites. We have horrible gnats here this spring and 2 of our horses have chests that look exactly like that! We use Buggins spray as it helps with the gnats
 

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Update: all I've done so far is rinse her chest with cold water which helped immensely (wanted to try the simplest way first), and most of the bumps disappeared over night (didn't think it'd work that quickly tbh) the only bumps left behind are the bleeding scabs. I still don't know what caused them though. She's gone two days without "hives" now but I haven't changed anything. Her fly sheet doesn't come in until next week, so until then I'm just keeping my regular routine, really odd though considering she used to get those bumps often
 

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Your horse will be fine, in fact I was out in the bush cutting rails, I have way worse swollen bug bites.
 
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