i have a TB gelding that is super itchy all over but especially his mane/neck. this started gradually and now he will almost fall over if you scratch him... and he is scratching his neck so hard on the barn he is leaving welts on himself
He has been wormed, and i have been washing him with a special fungus shampoo and also head and shoulders shampoo - this helped a lot but still not going away completely.
I have a horse with allergies. He is receiving injections to help boost his immunities to the allergens and hopefully reduce his itchiness. In the meantime, "Relief" spray and Nolvasan scrub (apply, wait a short time and rinse) have been the most successful in reducing the rubbing of his mane and tail. I also give him an Omega 3 supplement.
Where am I and what am I doing in this handbasket?
I've got an itchy skinned youngster, and yes, I do worm him 1Xmonth and it seems to help. After that, I try to use pyranha fly spray on turnout, I keep his mane and tail extra clean. A friend suggested Ruth Anne's shampoo and that does help, but I noted it's got tea trea oil, so if I can't find that brand when it runs out, I'll switch to it. Sometimes I spritz specific itchy spots with benedryl spray. I think I may try an occassional dose of benedryl, but he's doing the HB shows fairly frequently so the timing for w/d could be challenging.
Definition of "Horse": a 4 legged mammal looking for an inconvenient place and expensive way to die. Any day they choose not to execute the Master Plan is just more time to perfect it. Be Very Afraid.
How about allergies? We put my itchy horse on TriHist and that helped (I'd gone away for a week and came back and he had no hair left on his shoulders from rubbing.) Also oatmeal based shampoo.
Second oatmeal-based shampoo - ideally one that doesn't have sodium laurel sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate as the detergent as they can be pretty drying to sensitive skin. (Which seems to defeat the point of using an oatmeal-shampoo. )
But it did wonders for both of my dogs when they had the itchies last year. (At different times - one was having allergies to something and the other arrived from the shelter with flea bites.)
I'm sorry, what's NTW? Is it that worm thread that was so long I gave up trying to understand it? I have a very itchy TB also, all over his body, no hives or welts. I'd love to hear more about what people do too!
Try a supplement of MSM...Its cheap, simple, all-natural, and multi-purpose. My gelding is on it for joint pain and also for COPD. Its an anti-inflammitory. Dosage should be 8000-12000mg for best results.