|06-22-2014 01:42 AM|
|LARHAGE||Sounds like fly bite allergies, frequent problem in summer because of heavy fly population and minimal in cold weather when flies not as prevalent. I had a Saddlebred with this problem, rubbed mane and tail with rubbed raw areas on body. I put a fly sheet on him and put Goldbond lotion into the mane and tail and body spots effected, than I put Goldbond Powder over the lotion and the flies hated this mixture, also a good fly spray should be used, not cheap Bronco crap that's useless against flies. In severe cases you could also give the horse Prednisone injections, but this can cause laminitis in sensitive horses .|
|06-20-2014 09:20 PM|
Ugh isn't that the way it goes?
I had an OTTB that hated having his ears messed with and where did those little nasty no see ums go, in his ears of course It was always battle with that horse, giraffe neck and all getting his ears cleaned and treated.
|06-20-2014 07:22 PM|
|06-20-2014 04:59 PM|
|Pawsed||Is this horse in Hawaii, or some other tropical environment?|
|06-20-2014 04:57 PM|
Did I mention this is a bald faced horse? She hates having her face messed with. She wears a fly mask all summer. But she HATES having her face messed with. Especially in the summer.
|06-20-2014 04:37 PM|
I have given her all your and others suggestions and see if any of them help him and her.
Thank you very much for your help and expertise on behalf of an oversee's horsie
|06-20-2014 03:58 PM|
Another trick, besides Vaseline (yup had the problem with no see ums/gnats in Florida) was nitrofurazone ointment. Same sticky effect but also help heal any irritation due to the little bugs.
|06-20-2014 03:15 PM|
Overseas? That makes it more interesting.
If the horse was located in the south, the very first culprit I'd blame would be the no-see-ums. A horse doesn't even have to itch and scratch. They cause a reaction on the surface that will make the hair follicle infect and fall out. Some horses will rub, but some don't. The result is horrible, especially if it's a show horse. I swear on smearing on a thick layer of vaseline - gross mess, but saves the mane and tail head. The no-see-ums stick to the gel and can't penetrate the skin.
If the environment is wet and balmy, it could be a type of fungus. It could also be a form of rain rot...but from my experiance you'll also see it along the withers and croup area.
Is there an area that the horse likes to roll in?
In the south, because it can be wet and hot in the summer, horses can get what appears like rain rot along the cannons of their legs. Especially if the horse has socks. The skin is wet and then dries and then is wet again etc. The surface gets sticky and gummy. You can take your nail and scrape off the hair with ease. The same can happen in the mane and tail head. Again, coating the the leg with vaseline (or a product like vaseline) will protect the skin.
If she changes her stall bedding...that could cause an allergic reaction. If she washes her fly sheet with a specific detergent, that can cause a reaction.
Because it only happens in the summer....my guess is it's going to be environmental. Unless she makes some type of drastic change - like feed or roughage - in the summer.
Is the horse grazing in a clean pasture? Same pasture as it does in the winter? Any specific weed growth that may be common in the summer?
I suppose we can make the assumption that the horse is parasite free.
Interesting....see if you can find out as many details as you can. Please let your friend know that we aren't being nosey, we're just curious and would like to help her try to figure this out.
Personally, I'd have to lean towards insects....but I'd love to hear all the details.
|06-20-2014 02:23 PM|
|06-20-2014 02:00 PM|
I asked the color thinking it could be sun burn, but on a bay it is highly unlikely.
Have you seen the area that is infected (or losing hair)? Is it gummy? Dry and scaley? Does it have an ordor to it? Is the rest of the mane & tail healthy?
The area that the horse grazes in, is it normally wet or dry during the summer months? Is the horse on pasture 24/7 or is it brought in at night?
Is the horse pastured with a buddy? Some horses will chew on another horse's mane & tail.
Does the owner use any type of fly sheet in the summer?
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