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She's rubbing her neck raw...again!

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  • She's rubbing her neck raw...again!

    A mature welsh/arab pony mare I own is at it again. Every
    year around March 1 she starts rubbing her neck about
    halfway down on both sides. Rubs until it is raw and will
    keep rubbing after that if I don't put her in a hotwire pen
    with nothing to rub on. This has been going on for about
    five years now. Starts around March 1 and lasts for about
    a month. My vets have very few ideas.

    No other horses in our herd are similarly affected. The
    full sister of this mare has no such problem. I've tried
    treating for lice, wormed, fed flax (but she doesn't need
    the extra calories). Only thing that seems to help is
    spraying with Silk; that seems to make her more comfortable. After about 4-6 weeks the mare stops
    rubbing and the new summer coat comes in and all is
    forgotten until the next year.

    Help, is ther anyone who has found how to stop this?
    Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
    Elmwood, Wisconsin

  • #2

    I bet she is itchy from the shedding. What about clipping and blanketing her? Or what about some kind of anti-itch?



    • #3
      Have you ever tried Benadryl? She might be allergic to something this time of year?

      Just throwing it out there... Benadryl might ease the itching and it is certainly easy enough to get and administer.

      Good Luck... I feel bad for your itchy pony!!
      "The Prince" aka Front Row
      Cavalier Manor


      • #4
        My pony did that one spring. Rubbed all of the hair and skin off of his neck both by rubbing on fence posts and by scratching with his hind legs like a dog. We gave him Dex on the assumption that it was an allergy of some sort. It alleviated the itching and scratching and he hasn't ever done it again (I don't think that has anything to do with the Dex, just that the particular cause of the itchiness hasn't come back around). It was very strange and my vet just kind of shrugged and said that sometimes happens.
        Flying F Sport Horses
        Horses in the NW


        • #5
          I'd try clipping, and washing with Microtek anti itch shampoo.


          • #6
            Very possibly Neck Threadworm microfilaria emergence (tis the season).

            Happy reading: http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...POSTED-PAGE-58
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            • #7
              This is the second time I've seen someone writing about this same situation today, tis the season ;-) Look up Sweet Itch, it's very common and it's a pain in the butt in the spring,sometimes summer..... might be your issue.....


              • #8
                Check for lice. Late fall and late winter. It says you've treated her for that but have you really looked hard for eggs/varmints on the hair? They are small and easy to miss. Treatment is full dose ivermectin every 7 days x 3 and lots of topical lice powder.
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                • #9
                  Yes, what chocomare said. Totally!


                  • #10

                    Here is my thread on my donkey with skin issues. Happy to report that this year, so far so good (but its still early)

                    So frustrating!! Good luck!!


                    • #11
                      Definitely try treating for neck threadworms.

                      If that doesn't work, spirulina--the stuff is amazing! One of my friends has an App that used to rub himself raw/bloody even on Dex. Once he was put on spirulina, he was totally fine. I even started using it for myself because I have seasonal skin itchiness, and it completely cleared it up with the spirulina.
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                      • #12
                        www.sweet-itch.co.uk some horses only rub the head and neck out others the tails and head end or all over the body