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Bugs, heat, humidity, shedding, outdoor irritants—all sorts of situations can cause your horse to itch. Of course, you see someone else’s horse that never seems bothered, yet your own horse is rubbing out every inch of mane and gouging its skin to hamburger via scratching. We’re in the heat of summer, and sometimes just hot weather can make your horse itchy.
To help bring relief, start with a good grooming session. This will usually reveal small abrasions, bug bites and troublesome spots. Put that rubber curry or glove to work!
Additionally, evaluate your horse’s living environment. Good airflow is important for your horse’s health. Muggy, damp conditions with no airflow can be uncomfortable for anyone, especially your horse, and can worsen skin conditions and attract more biting insects. Internal parasites can also cause your horse to itch, so fecal checks and deworming are important protocols to maintain throughout all seasons of the year.
If regular grooming and air quality are 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. It’s a soap-free shampoo that does not contain parabens, sulfates, alcohol, steroids or harsh detergents, so it will not dry out your horse’s or pet’s skin or coat.
After your horse dries, spray Banixx Horse & Pet Care Spray directly on the troublesome spots. Then follow up with an application of Banixx Wound Care Cream for a horse that is hyper-itchy. This step is helpful as daily maintenance as well. Banixx Horse & Pet Care Spray is also safe to use around the eyes.
Some areas to pay special attention to while grooming and washing:
- Ears—If your horse has bug bites or sores in his ears, wipe them out with Banixx Horse & Pet Care Spray via a cotton ball, then apply a thin layer of Banixx Wound Care Cream.
- Under the dock of your horse’s tail—This area gets grimy and itchy from dirt and dander build-up. Ticks also seem to like this area.
- Clean your gelding’s sheat— Some geldings start scratching at their flank area when their sheaths are grubby.
- Clean your mare’s udder—Important and often over-looked; that area can get mucky and itchy.
- Under the belly—Little bugs like to bite your horse’s sensitive belly line, so cleaning and protecting that centerline is important. A good application of Banixx spray will soothe irritations in this area.
There are many insect repellants on the market to keep bugs at bay, however, it’s recommended to rotate fly sprays during the summer season as the bugs change or possibly become immune. Keep an eye on horses with sensitive skin, as some fly sprays can burn and irritate sensitive areas.
If your horse’s irritation issues can be resolved with good horse husbandry rather than using more products, then you are doing your horse and yourself a favor. Non-steroidal, non-antibiotic, competition-safe products like Banixx can help keep your horse comfortable through the hot summer months and put your own mind at ease.