Rescue Mare Itchy Itchy Itchy
Posted 24 January 2009 - 10:20 AM
My rescue mare, Freedom, has been itchy since she arrived out of the New Holland Auction about 6 weeks ago! I noticed right away that her mane was a bit rubbed and her tail. She also had very small patches of fur missing on her neck under her mane. I immediately suspected lice and treated her for them with Ivermectin. I did the same thing I was told to do a couple of years ago when my gelding had them (I actually saw them on him), which was 3 doses of Ivermectin each given 2 weeks apart (which would also cover worms which I'm sure she must have had too). Worked like a charm on my gelding! The only difference is that for my gelding I used Ivercare and with this mare I used a generic that the rescue supplied. Anyone feel that that would make a difference?
Her bare patches under her mane are getting worse! She's scratching quite frequently! I dusted her with lice powder two days ago to see if that would help.
Could she be allergic to something? She is pregnant and I think due soon so I'd like to get this under control before the baby comes, especially if it is a parasite! Any ideas? Where would you start?
I do plan to call the vet on Monday if things don't improve by then!
Thanks as always for your input!
Posted 24 January 2009 - 10:28 AM
Another thing I like to use can be bought at Jerrers is Permectrin CDS. It is a heavy oil based liquid that you can use to treat between the shoulder blades and at the tailhead, much like useing that on dogs. It can be used full strength in that way, and can also be diluted with water for fly sprays etc.
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 10:43 AM
anti-fungal cream. Seems to be helping.
You can also try Shapleys MTG. It's a liquid you can put on the spots that will deal with lice and fungus.
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 10:52 AM
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 11:14 AM
Using lime sulphur spray appears to be working as well. It is in the garden section, and used to treat scale insects and fungus on plants. Mix 1 oz with 1 gallon of water and spray on daily. It smells terrible, but worth a try.
It is a heartbreak to see them so miserable.
Posted 24 January 2009 - 11:25 AM
I would check into things, but not sure if I would get really worried. Also you mentioned she is pregnant and due soon? Some mares get itchy then.
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 12:57 PM
Also if the horse is a mare and is near due date - they will 'blow' some of their coat, rubbing and itching spots off.
After you have had your vet do a work up and you still dont' have a calm coat on your horse - you could try some of the derma calm products out. Your vet should have some, or you can get dermacalm from a local feed or tack store. MTG works great on mane and tails - after washing and/or brushing as much junk out as you can. Also on the Best of forum there are recipes for listerine/babyoil mixes.
And lastly, tea tree oil helps, but be careful, it doesn't take much to burn.
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 01:13 PM
Oh and I have seen some shedding beginning on my horses too. Only the stallions so far and not lots yet but it does give me hope (and dread lol since I hate eating hair and slapping mosquitoes)
Posted 24 January 2009 - 01:35 PM
I did a skin scraping and took it to the vet and, luckily, no buggies.
The vet said probably just very dry skin or maybe the early morning midges.
She gave him some kind of steroid cream to put on it and it eventually did make him stop itching!
I also used some omega-fortified shampoo the vet gave me and just washed/rinse those areas before putting the ointment on it.
Between the two, Thank God, he seems to be much better!
oh, and he's also on his 2nd month of flax oil capsules which I'm sure is helping also.
Good Luck!! I know how bad both of you feel with this going on!!
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 01:37 PM