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    Default Really itchy legs

    Hi
    Not sure if anyone can help but my companion pony is a coloured gypsy cob with heavy feathers.
    I've only had him a few months & he is from the local sanctuary. He is always scratching his bum & legs on the fencing & always seems quite an itchy pony- I thought he may be scratching because he was hot as he is constantly moulting & still has a biggish coat.

    Today he came in & he has rubbed big sore patches on his hind legs, so I am wondering if he has mange or something else. Dont think it is sweetitch as he doesnt rub his mane. Or could it be?... I cant find signs of any lice or mites etc on him. My other horse is fine & not itchy at all.
    Does anyone have any ideas what this could be? Do I get the vet up for a skin scraping or what should I do?

    Thanks so much!
    Bertie x
    My horse isn't hot just extremely enthusiastic!

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    Old nag
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    Default Re: Really itchy legs

    It could be feather mites.My cob mare itches one leg against the other.I went to the vets and got Frontline spray (for dogs) and spray it as near to the skin (under the feathers) as i could and she hasent itched this year.I re-apply every three months or so.

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    Default Re: Really itchy legs

    Heel mites. Go to your vet and ask for cow wormer. It clears them up a treat. Don't ask me how or why, but it works!!!

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    it sounds like the mites that burrow under the skin on the lower legs and heels.you cannot see them.

    the pony will itch legs together or on the trough ect or sometimes stamp.

    the vet advice i had was to spray with frontline(you need the pump not the pipettes, it`s about 10 for the small bottle)) no need to clip if you work it in well.

    the product is not licenced for horses so you have to say it is for your dog when you buy it.

    it needs to be applied twice,two weeks apart.

    i treated my pony like this when i 1st got her and she has never had it since.

    i now use pig oil every couple of weeks for grooming purposes and am problem free.

    (pig oil to keep her legs waterproof if they are clipped and if i grow her feathers it keeps them silky and repels mud)

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    Default Re: Really itchy legs

    Been there with my boy. Couldn't see anything crawling as the mites burrow just under the skin so are out of site. Barnaby would stand and scratch his hind legs against his hay box or if that wasn't around he would use his chestnuts! He bit his front legs till they bled!

    His legs are always clipped and I tried washing them in all sorts of potions but in the end went for the dectomax injection from the vet. He needed 2, about 3 weeks apart and this really did do the trick.

    Good luck.

    Sqip

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    Default Re: Really itchy legs

    Thanks for the great replies guys!
    I will try frontline to start with but bear in mind the cow wormer & injections if the frontline doesnt work.
    Liking the sound of pig oil for grooming too!- any ideas where I could buy this?
    Cheers xxx
    My horse isn't hot just extremely enthusiastic!

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    Default Re: Really itchy legs

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    Liking the sound of pig oil for grooming too!- any ideas where I could buy this?
    Cheers xxx

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    i bought a 5 lt tin from countrywide store for 15.
    it`s like baby oil to look at.i pour a little into a small sandwich box with a lid and keep a little sponge in there.squeeze the sponge and wipe it on.
    in the winter i use it on neck,hocks and knees too,the mud just rubs off.

    it`s one of my `essentials`now.
    when i apply it to my cobs with white feathers,the 1st day it looks like you have put baby oil on(bit greasy)but the day after,they are really white
    and soft.

    http://www.countrywidefarmers.co.uk/...ProductID=2036

    http://www.horsehero.com/1180/compet...nd-travel/7930

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    Default Re: Really itchy legs

    it could be lice or mites on his legs it could even be sweet itch on his bum. His he wormed up to date?

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    Default Re: Really itchy legs

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    it could be lice

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    think other pony would have them as well if it was.

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    Default Re: Really itchy legs

    The cow wormer is ivermetcin based so you can use any ivermectin based horse wormer to help with mites. It gets into the blood stream and kills the mites. You can treat the scabs topically with hibiscrub if the heels are sore but this won't kill the mites as they are buried too deep under the skin.

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