The Friesian mare has been plagued by seasonal skin funk her entire life.
I keep her pasterns shaved, but regardless of the cleanliness, winter/spring brings the itchies, flakies, scabbies, crusties and general nastiness that shows up behind her pasterns (hind more than the front) and on the insides of her back legs and behind her forearms.
......then someone suggested a 50/50 mix of the original Listerine and water, sprayed on the affected areas daily.
OMG. The stuff works. It's amazing! Scabs are gone, itchies are gone, flakies are diminishing and she's so much happier! It's so easy to apply, dries quickly, smells awesome and I've heard it also repels flies so can't wait to see if that's true too.
I did some Googling on it and it was developed as a pre-surgical scrub before it was used as mouthwash. People have found uses for it that I never would have imagined!
I've used listerine mixed 50/50 with baby oil for conditioning my horses tails. It helps when they have itchy tails and are rubbing them. Learned it from an old timer. Sometimes the simple solutions are the best!
I was told about original Listerine in 2004 or 2005 by a guy at the feed store. I keep a big bottle of it at the barn. It's good for all kinds of skin issues, including rain rot. (You can put it on rain rot or put it on your horse to prevent rain rot.) And it repels ants if you put it on legs and hooves. It kill a lot of germs and bacteria and viruses.
ETA You do not have to rinse it off. it will not blister, even in full sun. It keeps ticks and flies off of horses also. I first used to dilute it or rinse it off, then I experimented and found it was fine, full strength and left on anywhere on horses. (except around eyes and anus and sheath, of course.) I only use the original though, not any of the other flavors.
Last edited by cloudyandcallie; Mar. 26, 2013 at 07:13 AM.
I've been fighting a little spot on fungus (I think) on my gelding for years and so far nothing has helped it. It's a little itchy, hasn't spread and doesn't seem to bother him. I've tried everything to clear it up to no avail. Picking up some Listerine to try tonight... thanks!
Along with everything listed above it's also awesome for:
*Cleaning and disinfecting water buckets/waterers
*Fill a spray bottle with it and spritz around the barn's windows and doors and do the aisle floor and/or stall walls. It repels flies, smells better than fly spray and is a hella lot cheaper.
*great as a brace
*good way to shorten time it takes to rinse shampoo out of the mane/tail since it cuts the suds too.
*I even used it on a picky eater that would always ignore a new batch of hay at first, waiting forever to start eating it. I'd use my spray bottle of Listerine and spritz the hay lightly. Hay that tasted like mints!
Because I go through gallons of it, I often buy the generic type to save even more if the regular isn't on sale or I don't have a coupon. My current 2 horses prefer the blue while my last 2 preferred the green, LOL!
You jump in the saddle,
Hold onto the bridle!
Jump in the line!
Listerine has been my favorite barn juice since '80, '81. Great safe brace and helps keep bandage scurf and itch at bay. Your horse seems to have all the oily spots causing issues. (inside legs above joints, etc. ) Whe you get the scurf under control, I would let the hair grow back. It is designed to wick away moisture from the lower legs. As long as you keep it clean. show folks like the tidy look, but it adds to the moisture and irritation that starts the whole vicious circle.
my horse ate something that caused alot of mouth irritation. took him to the equine dentist and he recommended a rinse of listerine and sore throat medicine. mix it one third listerine, sore throat, water and used a syringe to squirt it into his mouth. he loved it! cleared up the irritation right away!
My friend has a Fresian cross mare who also suffers from "skin funk". She keeps her legs shaved and uses a 50/50 mix of Listerine and baby oil on her legs. It has worked wonders to keep her legs clear.
It almost sounds like your horse has the flaky, scabby gunk caused by chorioptic mange that feathered horses tend to get around their lower legs (and occasionally in their manes and tails). Your fix smells a lot better than the sulfur dip we use to treat it at work though!