Sweet Itch in the National Equine Health Survey (NEHS)
The Blue Cross has published it's National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) and there are some fascinating statistics. Sweet itch was one of The Top Five disease syndromes recorded, Skin diseases were commonly reported (25.5% of all syndromes) with sweet itch and mud fever accounting for 53% of all skin disease (13.6% of all syndromes). Sweet itch and mud fever each accounted for 6.8% of all returns, making them as prevalent as laminitis and more common than the individual internal medical and respiratory syndromes reported. Here's the link to the full report; 2016https://www.bluecross.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/NEHS%20results%202016%2022%20Sept%202016.pdf
Top Tips for Managing Summer Itching (SI)
SI(Sweet Itch) is not normally a condition that can be cured but it can be managed effectively to make your horse more comfortable. Horses vary as to how severe the condition is and the management needs to be tailored accordingly. Our top tips are Keep your horse as healthy as possible; the general health of your horse is important. Ensure your horse’s skin is kept healthy with an oral additive such as HerdLeader SR which contains natural ingredients, including the Nicotinamide form of vitamin B3, which are known to support and maintain the skin. These ingredients are supportive for skin health when there...
Florin - who taught me about living with Sweet Itch
Florin came to live with me in September 2009 at 17 months old. He is similar breeding to Soldier, TB x Highland, and he should end up about the same size, 15hh. He has been exceptionally well brought up and had already seen quite a bit of the world with his breeder. 11th June 2011 - Lunging and Riding in the Sandchool Florin hasn’t done anything for over a week so I took advantage of the nice weather and took him over to the sandschool for some lunging. Mum had come along to help so I asked her to lead...
Horse Allergy Tests - SI