One of the horses I board has developed a skin irritation. It doesn't look like rain rot, but it could be a really severe case. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what it is and if it is contagious or not. She has large spots, mostly on her flanks, where the hair is falling out and the skin is really crusty. They don't hurt her when I wash them and put ointment on, but they don't seem to be going away either. They appeared really suddenly and have been getting worse everyday. She has been in a stall all winter due to her age, she's 35, and has been blanketed and groomed daily. When I take her blanket off she bites at them (they must itch) even after she has broken the skin and they are bleeding a lot. I don't know what to do with her, her owner won't have the vet out and I'm afraid it will spread to my horses. I have her isolated now, but any advice would be really helpful. Thanks.
Probably best to request that the owner have a vet take a look at her. Could be one of many things causing what you are seeing. So many skin problems from allergies, ringworm, rain rot, or whatnot First thing I would do, is wash those blankets she wears in a bleach solution. Don't share blankets/brushes with the other horses. The senior horses can be a task to care for in their older years. My 31 year old mare does get seasonal skin issues..and they can be a bear to clear up.
Christina, I rescued my mare from a neglect situation and when I found her, she had scabs and no hair on the front part of her body. I changed her feed to bermuda hay ( she had been on strait alfalfa when she could get it) and supplemented it with "senior" feed and Select 2. My vet also recommeded flax seeds that had been soaked. I also washed her with a betadine soap and later switched to a soap called Natural Care Veterinarian's Best "Hot Spot Itch Relief Shampoo". and Hot spot Itch relief spray with Tea Tree oil. This product is for dogs, but I noticed immediate results with my mare, and she now has a hefty shiny coat and doesn't rub anymore. In fact, I do not have to spray her anymore now that her skin has cleared up, but I keep a good supply in my tack room in case of flair ups. My nieghbor's horse who had summer itch, used this and it really helped with the itching. I agree with Heather that you bleach the blankets and do not share grooming things, as well as a vet visit! Good luck!
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Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 03:21 pm:
Make sure you rinse the bleach out really well as it can cause its own allergies. Tee tree oil is great for almost all skin problems. You can find tee tree shampoos and ointments almost any where even Wal-mart sometimes. You might ask a vet about it possibly being a yeast infection. If so an over the counter womans vaginal yeast infection cream will work. Be sure to use only one product at a time. combining products can make it worse.
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