I was wondering if anyone knew anything about allergies in horses. For instance the symptoms, what can cause them, etc. also can they cause one to seem sore and stiff when they walk. Also has anyone heard of allergies causing small round knots/bumps on a horse, particularly on the neck, shoulders, and withers. also what about bloating, can allergies cause bloating too.
Sure I have heard of allergy type reactions, we use salu delta when that occurs. I have one broodmare who is allergic to grass, she is kept in a stall all day equipped with an AC. And turned out in a dirt paddock at night. We have various inhalers for her when her allergies act up.
Yes! Had vet out today thinking my daughter's horse had got into a yellow jackets nest. Turns out she is allergic to the bites of the flies and possible bee stings thrown in there too. She is also allergic to ticks. He gave her an anti-venom shot and some anti-histamine powder to add to her feed twice a day. That was this morning and the little knots ALL over her have gone way way down. She looked like some weird b-movie critter when we got up this morning. Almost back to her old self now that she's been treated! Good luck
Not sure if this is the place for my question or not...but here it is. Several of the horses at our barn seem to have either terrible allergies or skin problems. The vet's all concur that it is some type of allergy, but it's weird that so many are seeming to get it. They start out with little sores on their head, around eyes, ears. then begin to develop in the mane and lastly the top of their tails...they are itching themselves crazy and losing their manes and tales. I'm so afraid this is contagious and my horses could be next. It looks horrible and the horses appear to be miserable. I hoped that as the weather got cooler, it would slow some, but not. The horses that seem to come down with it are out in pastures with other horses with same stuff. My two are not with anyone but each other and so far, I've not noticed anything on them. Anyone else have any of these problems. The vet was out yesterday for one that was just miserable and she gave him some type of steroid injection that is supposed to help. His neck seemed to be very swollen around the breakout as well, could be from his itching so badly...any thoughts from anyone?
Hi Kim, I have an old boy, 28, this time of year he usually gets the "itchies" He rubbed himself raw, broke out in hives, rubbed out his mane, it was awful. Had the vet out numerous times, treated with steriods to help stop the itching cycle, tested the skin, nothing. Well I rotated my wormers and began worming him once a month from August through the spring and that seems to do the trick...don't know why...vet doesn't know why but here we are on our third year of doing that with him and we are itch free so far. I have heard that there are some flying insects that horses have an alergy too.....Hopefully your horses will stay itch free. It becomes a vicious cycle because they itch, scab up and then that itches...I tried shampoo's, sleezy's everything.
well, thanks for that thought. Seems the barn owner has battled it for 25 years, says she's tried everything too. Worming seems to solve alot of things. I have all mine on the preventicare system...they get the daily pellets and past twice a year, so maybe this is what is helping keep them itch free right now! Thanks for your input.....it is a miserable thing when they get so darn itchy and they look awful too!
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