Thin skin

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  • NinaJD Original Poster NinaJD
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    I’ve had my new boy for about 3 months now and have noticed that he has very thin skin. Mainly on his face, but it’s pretty much everywhere. He bumped into the fence the other day and has a cut on his side, where normal horses wouldn’t have a mark on them. He can get cut by the air, he’s so thin skinned….haha.
    Is there anything I can put on him to toughen him up, or is it just him? He is pink skinned and has very little hair on his nose and in general has a thin coat.

    I’ve just never had a horse who gets cut so easily and over the smallest things where my other horses just don’t…

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

    Piper
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    Hi NinaJD… Frustrating, I know! I had the same issue with a horse that I purchased last year. Seemed he always was getting cuts and bites all over him. He’s a 17h OTTB, and so overcoming all of his issues like this has taken longer than I expected. However, the thin-skin issue seemed to be one that had immediate improvement, and continues to improve, with just good nutrition. I began feeding Triple Crown Lite (highly supplemented feed) and have added supplements that have increased levels of amino acids (glutamine, lysine, arginine, etc.) and biotin. Within a couple of months, his skin improved tremendously, to the point where he wasn’t showing scratches or love bites from playing with the other horses. He also became more resilient in fighting fungus issues he used to get on his face and socks.

    NinaJD Original Poster NinaJD
    Topics Started: 8Replies Posted: 139

    I feed him Triple Crown Senior, since it has higher levels of copper and zinc, he also gets a biotin supplement.
    What kind of supplements are you using that have amino acids in them? I’m up for trying anything with him. It’s super frustrating because they always get cuts right where the saddle sits! And he’s super green, so the more saddle time he gets the better, but I don’t want to be putting the saddle on him and have it rub on sore spots, causing him pain and negative reactions to being saddled.

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

    Piper
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    When I first had this thin skinned horse delivered, I started feeding him Triple Crown Senior mixed with Triple Crown 30% supplement (about 5 pounds per day of a 1-1 mixture). In early spring, I’ve moved him strictly to Triple Crown Lite and have been supplementing with Tri-Amino (inexpensive and contains the tall poles in the tent in terms of what’s needed for protein synthesis), SmartDark & Handsome (double doses; which has the biotin), SmartMuscle Stamina (which also has medium chain tryglycerides–coconut oil; and DMG, which seems to address other “phantom” issues). Early spring I also fed mega doses of Omega Horseshine for two months, and then switched to Rice Bran Oil (1/2 cup per day). (I not only had thin skin and ugly coat, but he struggled keeping muscle.) I also feed joint supplements that have collagen, which may be helping the thin skin issue, too.

    I like Triple Crown Feeds, and have been feeding their products to my horses for 15 years. I feed the Senior to some of my horses, but my problem child gets the Lite, as it is more substantially supplemented, has reduced amounts of soy products (no soybean meal or soybean oil), and no molasses. This way I can improve the quality of fats. But if you’re feeding 5+ pounds of the Senior, then you’re probably giving sufficient vitamins, and maybe only need to try adding the Tri Amino.

    If you’re feeding fewer than 5 pounds you might need more multi-vitamins (which I like the old version SmartVites), and adding the Tri Amino and the SmartMuscle Stamina with the biotin you’re already feeding should really help with the skin issue, but might also help with his training (and recovery).

    NinaJD Original Poster NinaJD
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    I forgot that he gets the horseshine as well.
    He’s a white horse, so no smart dark and handsome for him haha.
    I will look into the tri amino.
    I wonder if I could add some coconut oil to his feed and see if that helps him too.
    Guess that old saying is true…there is no such thing as a free horse. oh well, he’s worth it.

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

    suz
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    Do you have a problem with him sunburning or his nose cracking and dry?
    Suz

    NinaJD Original Poster NinaJD
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    no issues with sunburn because I put sunscreen on his nose.
    He does get flakey, dry skin around his lips.

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

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