3. During washing, remove the scabs. For some
horses, this may be painful, so be careful and go
slowly. If your horse is extremely sensitive, your
veterinarian may have to administer sedation in
order to properly clean the affected areas.
4. After washing, completely dry your horse’s legs
and then keep your horse in a dry environment
while the skin is healing. This will require stall time
if pastures are wet or muddy. If your horse is stall-bound, keep the stall as dry and clean as possible.
Hives is a common allergic reaction in the skin. It can
be the result of your horse’s exposure to something
his immune system is over-reacting to, such as an
insect bite or sting, drug reaction, pollen, or other
Also called welts or (medically) urticaria, hives
appear as raised, shallow bumps that can emerge
anywhere on your horse’s body. They are most
commonly seen along the neck, shoulder or abdomen.
Hives can be itchy and warm to the touch, but most
mild cases disappear on their own. The easy part of
hives is identifying the condition. The hard part is
often finding the cause, since allergies can sometimes
have multiple sources.
If you notice hives on your horse, here’s what to do:
1. Evaluate the severity by observing where the
hives are on the body, how many there are, and
how your horse is behaving. In mild cases, a horse
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