Q I have a seven-year old Thoroughbred who has extremely sensitive
skin. He has developed bald patches where the reins touch his neck
and where my legs touch his sides.
is dry and the hair rubs off. Also, after working for a while, he
develops an itchy nose which he has to scratch. Can you suggest
any herbal products? I live in South Africa and homoeopathy is quite
a big thing here.
would suggest that you try a few simple supplements to try to improve
your horse's skin condition. Marigold flowers, goosegrass (cleavers),
burdock roots and nettles would be useful to start with. You might
be able to find them in a cheap dried form in South Africa.
I would also
suggest some dried seaweed every day to help with mineral imbalance.
It might also help to take good quality seeds - sunflower, sesame,
pumpkin and flax (twice as much as the others) - grind them together
well in a coffee grinder each day and mix them in with the horse's
feed. In the case of your horse's itching, I think that fresh (wilted)
stinging nettles would be best, although I do not know whether they
grow in your country.
I would also
consider trying to boost your horse's liver with some dandelion
roots if you can find them. As far as homoeopathy goes, this complementary
therapy deals with the individual personality of your horse, and
you are better discussing this in full with a qualified local practitioner
so that the right match can be made. Some of the common remedies
used are arsenicum album 6c and sulphur 6c. It could be an allergy
to pollen that is causing your horse's problem. If you suspect this
is the case try a mixed pollen formula from South Africa or maybe
adding some local honey to his feed would also do the job.
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