I apologize in advance for length
Okay, so I have been looking for something to help my poor guy for almost 2 years (since I bought him). I have asked everyone around me that knows/has horses and nothing has worked so far. So I have decided to come here after reading about the other success stories of treating skin issues. I say skin issues because I am not sure exactly what he has. I have had a vet say sweet itch, and then tell me because we live in FL (land of the bugs) there is not much he can do except for steroids. I brought up NTW to him and he said while I was more than welcome to try the DD wormer, NTW had pretty much been eradicated in our area so it was not likely to work on his skin issue. He has sores on his chest,midline, armpits, and sheath, and weird bald patches where he has itched the hair off on his neck and shoulder area. He itches his mane and tail occasionally, but not enough to make them bald (he is dandruff prone). He also gets hives from bug bites (I know, I picked a real winner ). I am so sick of wasting money on things that don’t work, and having him be miserable. I feel terrible because it is so disgustingly hot in the summer here that he sweats any fly spray/cream/gel/ointment that I put on him right off. I was looking into fly sheets for a while but there are days where there is no breeze whatsoever and I am worried a fly sheet would fry him.
As far as what I am doing now:
I currently have him on Smartpak Bug Off Ultra, which per the reviews has been successful in treating sweet itch. But I haven’t seen a huge difference. I have had him on flax seed for the anti inflammatory properties, but there isn’t anywhere to buy it in bulk around where I live, so I am stuck buying from the grocery store which gets very expensive very fast. I put Skin So Soft by Avon on him to keep the midges/no-see-ums away, but that doesn’t always work 100%.
I am almost embarrassed to post pictures of him because it looks so bad. But, I am so desperate for help that I will do just about anything. If you have any advice, or you might have an idea of what is going on please feel free to share. I just want to figure this out and try to fix it. Also, the pictures of his midline looks wet because I had just slathered some ointment/SWAT on it.
Thank you so much,