Category: Skin problems

Sweet itch – an itchy business

Sweet itch is the most common cause of itching in horses leading to hair loss, especially from the mane and tail, with crusting and scab formation. Preventing your horse from developing sweet itch can be challenging, but regular checks and the use of preventative measures can ensure you are one step ahead. Prevention is definitely... Read more »

Rain scald

Rain scald is similar to mud fever at is involves infection of the skin with the same bacteria, however it isn't normally as complicated a problem to deal with as mud fever, it is easy to treat, and the outcome is generally much better. What is rain scald? Rain scald, also known as rain rot,... Read more »

Proud flesh

Wounds should be treated as soon as possible because untreated wounds are more likely to become infected or develop excessive proud flesh, preventing wound healing. What is proud flesh? Proud flesh (granulation tissue) forms when an excessive amount of new tissue is produced when a wound is healing. Proud flesh usually occurs when the skin... Read more »

Mud fever

Preventing your horse from infection with mud fever can be challenging, but twice-daily checks can ensure you are one step ahead. Prevention is definitely the name of the game! What is mud fever? Mud fever is a common condition of the lower limbs, especially the back legs, where the skin becomes inflamed and scabby with oozing... Read more »

Lice infestation

Also known as pediculosis and nits, lice infestation is a parasitic skin disease in horses. Biting and sucking lice can infest a variety of hosts, including cats, dogs, horses and people. Lice are host-specific, for example dog lice only affect dogs, and horse lice only affect horses! This means that humans can't be infested with... Read more »

Common skin problems in the horse

Although the skin is the most visible of the horse's body structures it is also the most easily overlooked! The skin provides a strong barrier to challenges from outside the body and plays an important role as part of the immune system. It also helps control body temperature and makes vitamin D. In certain parts of... Read more »