Midges still active? Another itchy thread with nutrition questions
Sorry but I didn't want this to get buried in the NTW thread. Just so everybody knows, the vet will be here in about 2 weeks to examine him but I want to get a jump on the problem if I can.
Just brought in an 18YO gelding who seems to have an abnormal itching situation going on. Overall in good physical condition with glossy coat. He is an OTTB with sensitive skin, but this seems to have been going on for an extended period of time (at least 2 years) and of course spikes during the peak summer months.
He has trouble itchy spots:
mane (about an 8 inch span)
tail, upper portion
sheath (literally lifts his leg and scrapes this with his teeth)
but honestly itchy ALL OVER
He also has been RAPIDLY CONSUMING his white salt block.
I think I may be looking at multiple sources of this problem. Thinking he has a combination of nutritional deficiencies, NTW, and of course sensitivities to midges.
The reason I am posting is because I am thinking the midges should really be dormant by now? Temps here in Central Florida dipping nightly into upper 50's with some nights into the high 40's already.
Current plan: start on flax, do the worming rotation with vets blessing, evaluate feed regimen
Any comments are welcome. Especially regarding feed. he is currently on Strategy Healthy Edge which seems to be a low protein content (12.5%) for a horse of his age that will be required to work even lightly. Don't they need a higher protein % to build/retain muscle at that age?