Horses can get itchy skin as soon as insects first start to appear.
So it’s important to avoid bites from the type of midges known as culicoides before any signs of allergy appear.
Step 1: Shampoo the skin
Dust, dead skin and irritation all make sensitive skin more vulnerable to sweet itch. Tea Tree Shampoo works deep down and soothes irritated areas instantly. Repeat every one to two weeks.
- Soothes the skin significantly
- Removes scabs and flakes
- Helps remove encrusted dead skin, sand, etc.
- Leaves a 24-hour protective film
Step 2: Protect skin from biting insects and hydrate it at the same time
Protecting key areas with a moisturising fly repellent limits attacks from flying insects and at the same time helps the skin retain its elasticity, which is vital at such times.
- Stops insects sticking to skin (12–72hr)
- Coats hairs (pro-keratin properties) and super-hydrates
- Alters horse’s body odour (6–8hr)
- Resists shower and perspiration
Step 3: Target sensitive areas
Cracked or bitten ears, sheathes or udders – when insects arrive the condition of these sensitive areas can quickly deteriorate. Natjely balm provides effective, lasting protection for these problems
- Formidable barrier
- Deep hydration
- Waterproof yet breathable
- Just apply once or twice weekly
But, in addition to external treatment :
It is also important to protect your horse by internal means, using simple methods that must be employed right from the start of winter.
This is because seasonal rhythms are crucial to a horse’s health, and it is vital to respect the “detox” period, which occurs during the winter for most horses, apart from southern breeds. This is the time when horses cleanse themselves from the inside.
Gradually reduce the amount of feed at the beginning of winter and substantially increase the amount of activity – this will do a lot to help leisure horses suffering from sweet itch
Take advantage of this time to detox the liver and support your horse’s internal cleansing (reducing the amount of feed at this time helps to drain the liver properly)
Make sure there is always some hay available wherever possible
Do not in any circumstances put your horse on a special diet (particularly in the spring)
Have an equine dentist carry out a dental check every year
Lastly, remember that horses are social animals and really need contact with others of their kind.
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The information provided does not in any circumstances replace the advice of your veterinarian. It is the fruit of over 12 years’ experience and analysis of equine skin problems.