Monday, July 30, 2012

Gotta Horse Question

Jess gets this fungus on her every summer but she's never had it this bad and I need to know if anyone out there uses something that works on there horse that might have the same thing.  She's got it on both neck/shoulders, halfway on her mane and her tail.  She's itching like crazy.  Not worms because she's been wormed.

 I've even thought it could be flies but I use fly spray and I've never seen flies cause this so fast and create such itching.

I've used M-T-G but it does nothing but stink.  She is miserable. Tonight I used this MicroTek shampoo, Betadine scrub and then sprayed a fungicide.  I'm hoping this combination works.

I would love any suggestions.  Thanks.
Happy Trails...


  1. Wow, that second pic looks bad! Wish I could help but I'm clueless on horses.

  2. It could be ringworm which would need to be cultured by your vet to know for sure. You would need to get anti-fungal shampoo and keep after it daily. The only way to know for sure is to have your vet check it. The anti-fungal shampoos from the vet are stronger, I believe. My horse had a mild case of ringworm when I bought him. It kept spreading and it took a while to get rid of. I'd call the vet.

  3. Huh. My horses have the same thing on the neck, withers and tail. I never thought it was a fungus, but I'll have to look into that. The flies and mosquitoes are ferocious this year, so I figured they were bites. I'm just being diligent about using the fly spray, and then when I see the horses itching, I dip a rag in water, then squirt some Calamine Lotion on the rag and dab it on the bumps. It really seems to offer them some relief. Bombay nickers after I apply it to him.

  4. Wow. That looks terribly uncomfortable. I've never seen anything like that before, except on a horse that had an allergic reaction to some kind of no-see-ums at a stable that I once rode from for an ACTHA ride. The vet came and prescribed some kind of Benadryl-type medicine and some anti-itch cream.

    Poor thing. I hope you can get her some relief soon,

  5. Bless her heart. Yours too Berte. I know nothing about horse skin care, but sure hope someone out there has run across this and can share a cure. Fingers crossed!

  6. It's called Sweet Itch. My Appaloosa mare would rub her entire neck and shoulders raw from it every summer. It's caused by an allergic reaction to bites from gnats. The best thing is prevention, but I never could get my horse to wear a fly sheet and I didn't want to keep her stalled during the day so I wasn't able to prevent it. Unfortunately most fly sprays don't deter the gnats so make sure you check what kind you're using to see if it will work. I've heard a lot of people had luck with Avon Skin so Soft. It's been so many years since I dealt with it I don't even remember what I did to make her feel better. Probably ask a vet or do some research online. You'll find a lot of info just searching for sweet itch online. Good luck!!

  7. Get some Dexamethasone from your Vet, use the smallest dosage. My mare was on it for Two summer's and she has a full mane and tail! Good luck!


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