Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Itchin' All Over
Poor Silkie! She is going nuts with the itching. I’ve started her on hydroxyzine which gives her some relief, but the gnats and midges still bite her. I wash her with warm water twice a day and put aloe on her belly and under her tail and on the base of her mane and her neck and back. Some days, she breaks out in hives the size of quarters all over her neck and back. The fly sheet doesn’t help, and it’s too hot. She’s rubbed her belly so bad.
Monday, I tried to put a saddle on her so my 9 year old niece could go for a ride. My daughter managed one turn around the arena before Silk started bucking and kicking herself in the belly. I took off the saddle, and we were going to try it bareback to see if that would avoid rubbing. No way -- Silk started bucking before I could even lift the child up on her back. I felt so bad for my niece, who had never been on a horse and was dying to ride. But I felt worse for my dear horse, who has never done anything like that before. I knew how miserable she was.
So, I’m going to try adding garlic granules to her feed in hopes that the insects won’t think she’s so tasty. I also found this herb mixture made by Hilton Herbs for “sweet itch”. I’m going to order that. If anyone has any other ideas, please let me know. The strange thing is that last year, Siete was the one who was the target of all the insects. We aren’t having any fly problems, fortunately. The pollen is so thick that everyone is sneezing like crazy, and we don’t usually have allergies. I’ve got something bumpy on my right arm that is also itching non-stop, but it’s too early for poison ivy.
The weather is gorgeous, and I’d love to ride Silk but not until she’s more comfortable. One good thing is that our horses' “golden nugget” compost has made our garden even more beautiful than usual. The Japanese irises are really incredible this year.