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  • horsetucker Original Poster horsetucker
    Topics Started: 18Replies Posted: 25

    every summer my horses will get bumps on their neck any ideas what it could be???

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    Rhinestone Cowgirl Rhinestone Cowgirl
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    Seasonal raised swellings on the neck are possibly hives. We have a paint gelding that is hypersensitive to insect bites and is prone to hives in spring and summer. We have found success reducing his symptoms by keeping him on ground flaxseed, such as Omega HorseShine, as well as using a fly sheet with an attached neck cover to help prevent the bites that trigger the hives. We like the fly sheets infused with insect repellent and use the Amigo Bug Buster, but there are several other options out there. We also will bathe him with a skin calming shampoo such as Absorbine Medicated Shampoo or Eqyss Micro Tek. The cold water and soothing ingredients help reduce the swelling and help him feel more comfortable. Another mare at our barn gets hives from certain fly sprays, so that is a possible irritant as well. Here’s an article from the SmartPak vet for more in-depth info: http://blog.smartpakequine.com/2012/10/how-do-i-get-rid-of-these-nasty-hives-on-my-horse/

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    horsetucker Original Poster horsetucker
    Topics Started: 18Replies Posted: 25

    thanks I think i’ll try the shampoo this summer,I’m not sure if it’s the fly spray or not though.Is there anything I should look for on the bottle?

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    Rhinestone Cowgirl Rhinestone Cowgirl
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    When you say what to look for on the bottle, not sure if you’re referring to fly spray or shampoo, and if you mean what to avoid or what to use, so I’ll cover each of those. The fly spray that caused a reaction in a horse I know was an all natural spray and my advice would be that if you’re using an all natural or botanical based fly spray to use it on a small test area first and see whether it causes any reaction. As far as shampoo, look for medicated shampoos for horses. Microtek by Eqyss and Absorbine Medicated Shampoo are highly recommended and use tea tree oil and various botanicals known to be soothing. There are other medicated shampoos out there but these are the two I’ve used and personally know of their effectiveness. If despite these measures the hives persist, you may want to consider medications available through your vet, such as dexamethasone. Also the omega 3 fatty acids (found in flaxseed oil or ground flaxseed supplements such as HorseShine) are highly effective in having an anti-inflammatory effect and have been the most effective in helping our gelding. The HorseShine helps prevent the hives, the shampoo can’t prevent, it just helps soothe and calm the irritated skin once the inflammation takes place. Hope this helps you find what you need to give your horses some relief next summer!

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    cleeg cleeg
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    I have had success reducing the swelling from insect bites by applying Benedryl Gel to the bite.

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    NinaJD NinaJD
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    Some horses are allergic to citronella. I bought a bottle of bronco spray(which has a very strong smell to it) and my horse broke out in hives like crazy.
    Are they only getting bumps on their necks? Where at on their necks?
    Do they open up and ooze or just look like hives?
    I would maybe have a vet come out and look at them, see what they say about it.
    But easiest thing to start with is to change your fly spray and see if that helps.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
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