One of my horses is dealing with a bout of hives that I’m still trying to get to the bottom of. No change in anything so my suspicion is that as there’s less and less to eat in the grass paddock – which is really mostly weeds/this is a new property – she’s eating something that she shouldn’t.
In the meantime, a number of them have oozed and then dried leaving her with crusty bits in her hair that are itchy.
I don’t have an indoor wash stall so can’t give her a bath. Plus it’s freezing and I don’t have a heat lamp.
Thoughts on how to get rid of these without the ability to give her a bath? Things I’ve tried so far:
- Trying to brush them out with various curry combs, EZ shedder, stiff brushes, etc. Didn’t really do anything.
- Scratching them off with my fingernails. Fairly effective but takes a long time and I’m worried about irritating what is already irritated skin. Also pulls hair out at same time. Horse appears to appreciate this to a point and then gets sensitive about it so I think it does eventually start to irritate.
- Using a clorhexadine spray to try to dissolve the crusty bits. Didn’t seem to do much at all.
- Using Hilton Herbs Bye Bye Itch lotion to dissolve the crusty bits and alleviate the itching at the same time. Moderately effective but doesn’t get rid of all of the crustiness.
I am thinking I maybe just need a bucket of warm water and a washcloth and try to soak them/scrub them out. And just do a few at a time so I don’t make her too cold. She’s a senior so I’m extra sensitive to keeping her warm.
Any suggestions? Or thoughts on what I might add to the warm water to help?