Q: I would like some advise on treating my Thoroughbred geldings
sensitive skin. His coat has lost its shine and he has a number
of bald patches on his shoulders, girth area and behind the saddle.
has what looks like rainscald on his rump although he is always
rugged up on cold or wet days. I have had his saddle checked and
it fits OK. I've also changed his girth and tried a girth sleeve
and anti-rub vest with no luck.
horse's problems may be related to a low-grade skin infection with
the bacteria that causes rainscald and mud fever. There is also
likely to be a mineral imbalance present which may be weakening
your horse's immune system and reducing the quality of his skins
also result in a lack of oils being produced in the skin. My normal
approach in such situations is to use a good mineral and vitamin
formula as you can afford. Use products to increase the availability
of essential fatty acids in the diet and treat any underlying skin
infection. In addition to a standard vitamin and mineral formula
you might try seaweed as this provides a good source of minerals.
oils in the coat, you could use an essential oil product such as
skin rite from Animal Alternatives. In my opinion the most effective
formula for managing bacteria in the skin is an ayurvedic formula.
to these supplements I would also advise the use of
ayurvedic liver tonic. This can
help to right such conditions in some situations and results in
better oil production in the coat. Hibiscrub, which is available
from your vet, may also do the trick in killing off deep-rooted
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