Bugs, heat, humidity, shedding, gunk, all sorts of situations can cause your horse to be itchy. Of course, you see someone else’s horse that never seems to be bothered, yet your own horse is rubbing out every inch of mane and gouging his skin to hamburger via scratching! What can you do?
We’re in the hot season and just that can make your horse itchy. A good grooming session will reveal any small abrasions, bug bites and troublesome spots, and it’s your first defense. Put that rubber curry or glove to work!
Additionally, good airflow is important for your horse’s health; muggy conditions with no airflow can be uncomfortable for anyone, and especially your horse, adding to his ‘itchies’. Parasites can cause your horse to itch, so fecal checks and deworming are important protocols to maintain.
Use a Medicated Horse Shampoo
Are regular grooming and air quality still not fully relieving your horse’s discomfort? A good bath with a quality product like Banixx Medicated Shampoo may be in order. Wet your horse and massage in the shampoo, then let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing.
The chlorhexidine in Banixx Medicated Shampoo helps kill bacteria and fungus while the marine collagen soothes, moisturizes and heals the skin. And it’s a soap-free shampoo that does NOT contain parabens, sulfates, alcohol or steroids. No harsh detergents, so it will not dry out your horse’s (or pet’s – yes, it is great for dogs and other animals) skin or coat.
Use A Horse & Pet Care Spray On Troublesome Spots
After your horse dries from his bath, spray Banixx Horse & Pet Care Spray directly on the troublesome spots. Then follow up with an application of the Banixx Wound Care Cream for a horse that is hyper-itchy. This step is helpful as a daily maintenance as well. Banixx Horse & Pet Care Spray is safe to use around the eyes.
Areas To Pay Special Attention To While Grooming and Washing
- Under the dock of your horse’s tail – This area gets grimy and can get itchy from dirt and dander build-up. Ticks also seem to like this area.
- Clean your gelding’s sheath – Some start scratching at their flank area when their sheaths are grubby.
- Clean your mare’s udders – Important and often over-looked; that area can get mucky and itchy too.
- Little bugs like to bite your horse’s sensitive belly line, so cleaning and protecting that centerline should not be overlooked. A good application of Banixx spray will fix irritations in this area.
Fly Sprays & Bug Deterrents
Various fly sprays and bug deterrent products are out there to keep the bugs at bay; however, they need to be ‘swapped up’/rotated as something might work for a bit then it stops working. Perhaps the bugs change or become immune? For horses with sensitive skin, be careful, it is easy to burn your horse’s skin with some fly/bug repellents!
Horse Husbandry Solutions
On a final note, if the irritation issues can be resolved with good horse husbandry rather than using more products, then you are doing your horse a favor (and yourself) – quality grooming time and less ‘stuff’ (medication/herbs/etc.) flowing through his system is a plus. Medications and herbal solutions can have side-affects that outweigh their benefits, and/or may be banned for competition horses.
The use of medications and herbal remedies should be carefully discussed with your veterinarian and used sparingly. Know the rules/regulations if you compete! And, use non-steroidal, non-antibiotic products, like Banixx products, to help keep you and your horse safe, and following the rules/regulations!