WHY IS MY HORSE SO ITCHY IN SPRING?
This time of year – late February and March - when the days are lengthening, we get a lot of queries from people who are wondering whether to start their sweet itch regimes as their horses have started to rub. My response to this is to be careful that you’re…
MAKING SENSE OF SWEET ITCH TREATMENTS
I read many posts and receive messages from owners of horses with sweet itch who are at their wits end having ‘tried everything’.For someone who feels they’ve tried everything, where can you start to help them? The answer is to break things down for them and help them work out…
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE BIRDS AND THE BEES.....
In response to the shocking news regarding the effects of insecticides on France's bird population, I ask what can we can all do to help prevent this problem worsening.
A PREVENTATIVE APPROACH TO MUD FEVER
There are lots of different remedies out there for mud fever (and other related winter skin conditions), but my approach is primarily preventative. Infection starts when microbes enter a small break in the skin's surface. The organisms are omnipresent and only seem to become aggressive in certain conditions: (1) compromised…
TO RUG OR NOT TO RUG: A MODERN DILEMMA
Well, I have been slowly dispensing with a winter turnout rug for Bea, my non sweet itch girl. Over the last few years I’ve been putting her rug on later and later and taking it off earlier and earlier so this winter I thought I’d try to do without. I…
USING NATURAL OILS AS REPELLENTS: A HORSE OWNER'S GUIDE
A number of natural plant oils have an insect repellency effect and have been used as such for many centuries. The ‘natural’ aspect of these oils is very appealing and they can prove useful in protecting both your horse and yourself. Their very naturalness can have downsides, though, including…
MIDGES AND SWEET ITCH...FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED!!
At this time of year, the questions I get asked most are: “ What can I do to prevent my horse’s sweet itch symptoms (namely itching and rubbing) from starting?” and “When exactly should I start my horse’s regime?”As things stand, there is no cure for sweet itch: it’s a…