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  • Non-itchy hives covering horse

    Sooo my wonderful redheaded mare over the last year has had random breakouts in hives/welts all over her body quite a few times. These start as maybe one for two smalls one and then sometimes go away, whereas other times they spread and cover her entire body. I'm super lucky in the sense that these DO NOT itch. Thank goodness!!

    However, i know they cant be comfortable - so every now and then when they cover her entire body i will have to calm it down with some meds from the vet.

    But either way, i'm reaching out to the group in hopes that someone has had similar experience and can share some home remedies or other suggestions.

    I'm positive its an allergy to something in our grasses - i've recently changed farms (just a few miles down the road) and the only constant is the location. Feeds, bedding etc. are all different.

    Thanks in advance!
    Proud owner of a Spicy mare!!

  • #2
    Yep, my horse get them. They persist for a few days then vanish. They are tiny (about 1cm diameter), and sometimes there is a line of them, sometimes they cover his body.

    Im pretty sure its environmental (there are about 35 horses on the farm, and 2-3 get these hives), they are just more sensitive. No change in bedding/feed etc. I think its something pollinating or a group of weeds.


    • #3
      Benadryl- 25mg/100lbs twice a day. If you think pollen is the culprit, aka contact allergic dermatitis, try a fly sheet and fly mask.

      I too am the proud owner of a hive prone chestnut. Both those things helped. I finally had him allergy tested, was helpful, I eliminated a few things in his life that he was allergic to, no hives in 6 months (knocking wood )
      Unrepentant carb eater


      • #4
        Another boarder at my barn has a mare that gets hives in the summer. I'm not sure what meds she's gotten/gets but she broke out in big hives all over her body yesterday (she's never been that bad before). Of course right before a show today. They called the vet and he suggested a paste mix of baking soda and water to takes the swelling down in the hives. They used 10 lbs of baking soda on her but it got rid of the swelling and she looked much better. She also got some sort of medication-again not sure what.


        • Original Poster

          Thanks guys!

          Ironically today they are almost gone.. go figure! LOL its def. an allergy that is triggered from something in the soil. The redhead was moved onto a fully grass field today (the farm is awesome about rotation!) and they are almost gone.

          However, i will def. try the Benadryl!! IDK why i never even thought to try that!

          Proud owner of a Spicy mare!!


          • #6
            Try one thing that has cured my horse of bumps. I wormed her with Zimectrin Gold or Quest, then again a month later. Bumps gone. Try it, you have nothing to lose.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Judysmom View Post
              Benadryl- 25mg/100lbs twice a day. If you think pollen is the culprit, aka contact allergic dermatitis, try a fly sheet and fly mask.

              I too am the proud owner of a hive prone chestnut. Both those things helped. I finally had him allergy tested, was helpful, I eliminated a few things in his life that he was allergic to, no hives in 6 months (knocking wood )
              By Boston Terrier has same problems. He is on zyrtec daily and if hives break through then he gets 1/2 benadryl. For last 2 wks. no hives. He is off everything. Still in same environment, same food. Go figure


              • #8
                What about AniHist?

                Do you all find that the Benadryl works better than the AniHist?

                I have some AniHist. I use it for my older guy who will cough every now and then, but I noticed that it was an oral antihistamine as well. I thought I would give it a try on the hives.

                Also, do you all find that giving a bath in iodine helps to dry the hives out? My TB doesn't seem to be itching them at all, but I want them to go away!!! He looks like some kind of leper

                ETA: I just read the part about the baking soda and water... I am definitely going to try that!
                "The Prince" aka Front Row
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