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Gelding Rubbing Face and Shoulders Raw

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 21, 2012 18:30

Question:  Hi Dr. Domaslai, I have a 9 yr old palomino gelding that started rubbing his mane on the pipe fence. I treated it with a fungicide spray. No luck. Now he is rubbing his face, neck and shoulders on the fence. He is rubbing raw places on his face. Ugh! He has never had this problem before. Any suggestions?

Answer:  Teresa;  I’d look closely in his ears and mane for any evidence of parasites or wheels or lesions from bug bites.  If he is sensitive to bug bites he could be reacting in this manner. Sometimes antihistamines or antiinflamatories can help and a good bug mask might give him some relief.  We also see some sun sensitive horses do this.   Does he have a bald face or pale pigmented in those areas?  If he is, a nice zinc ointment and a face mask may help.  Send pictures or get your vet to take a look if things don’t improve.
Dr. D.

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