Hello! I’m new to the forum and am in need of some serious help. My 11 year old dressage horse has been having some serious trouble with hives. They are only on his neck, shoulders and girth area. Hives are soft to the touch and absolutely will NOT go away. I do not want to give him any more steroid shots because of it’s dangers AND the fact that it only has been keeping the hives off of him for a week at a time.
The horse does not appear to be in distress. There is no sign of him itching, rubbing or scratching at himself. The hives have also not been causing him to swell up at all. They are just very visible and I am getting very worried why they wont go away. Just because he doesn’t appear to be uncomfortable, I’m worried that he is anyway.
I’ve come to the conclusion that these may be an allergic reaction to bug bites. The bugs are pretty bad at night in Phoenix where we live, so as a solution I’ve bought him a fly sheet and have essentially been leaving him alone other than an organic fly spray. Has anyone else been through this before with their horse? It’s been about a month and a half now. When will they finally go away? And am I taking the right precautions?
Any help or feedback would be VERY appreciated. Thank you!!