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HerdLeader Summer Itch Relief - Oral supplement for insect bite irritation & summer allergies

HerdLeader Summer Itch Relief - Oral supplement for insect bite irritation & summer allergies


Key Benefits

Herdleader, unlike competitors, is ready mixed: saving you time and trouble each day.

Herdleader contains more Nicotinamide than any other brand - giving your horse maximum comfort.

"This is my second bulk order and would not be ordering a second time if I wasn’t totally happy with the company and the product"  Marylin Warren Reviews

Nicotinamide, a form of Vitamin B3, has been well established in both human and veterinary medicine as a modulator of the immune system, dampening down over reaction that leads to irritation and itching caused by midge bites and grass/pollen allergies.  


HerdLeader is a neutraceutical non-medicinal product containing nicotinamide, one of the B vitamins, which helps to maintain a healthy skin in horses prone to irritation from insect bites & allergies in the summer months.

Use of the oral feed supplement is essential with use of additional topical support as judged appropriate to the animal and condition of the skin.

It is fed daily as a liquid additive to the horses food concentrate. Feeding should begin as early in the season as practical before insect activity reaches a peak.


Feed once daily by drawing up the correct amount of the product into the measuring chamber and sprinkling it over a small handful of concentrate which you then give to your horse. Horses over 500kg feed 20ml, smaller horses and ponies feed 15ml.

If you choose to add it to your horse’s whole feed ration then ensure that the liquid is taken and not wasted in the bottom of the feed bucket/bowl.

A 1000ml bottle of HerdLeader is 50 days supply for a horse, more for a pony, up to 66 days supply.

Summer skin problems in horses

The skin is very important; it is in fact the largest organ of the body.  It provides a strong barrier to challenges from the outside world and plays an important role as part of the immune system.   In spite of the exposed nature of the skin with luck it may remain mostly free of disease and trauma.  However simply because it is exposed the skin is also the organ most likely to be damaged accidentally - cuts, bruises and burns are common!  

Skin diseases are common in horses; in a country like the UK for instance it is thought that over 50,000 horses suffer from skin-related problems & conditions but the problem is that many have very similar appearances.

 There are a number of causes of these conditions, for example: feed hypersensitivity, genetic predisposition, stress, nettle stings and, all too commonly, saliva from insect bites – especially from the Culicoides fly (midges), a problem of seasonal nature known popularly as Sweet Itch.

Some breeds are genetically more prone to Sweet Itch than others, for example thoroughbred horses are much less likely to be affected than cob-type ponies.

Sweet Itch symptoms usually start to appear in the spring - when the midges become active - but can persist well into the winter months especially if the season has been mild.  After being exposed to the allergen (e.g. saliva from the midge bite) allergic horses can develop a Type I hypersensitivity reaction and histamine is produced. This is an‘over the top’ immune reaction to the bite, resulting in swelling and itching of the skin.

The horse will start to rub and chew at affected areas that can then become infected. The more often a horse is bitten the worse the reaction becomes.  Some horses can become very debilitated & temperamental throughout the spring and summer months as a result.



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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews

Literally stopped my mare itching within 3 days! Very impressed.

Marilyn Warren
Always sent on ordering

This is my second bulk order and would not be ordering a second time if I wasn’t totally happy with the company and the product.

Hi Marilyn & many thanks for our five stars, great start to our working week!

Lynsey Byrom
Excellent Service

Always fast delivery

Mandy Parker
Sweet itch

Excellent product badger hasn’t itched once while on this product would highly recommend

Hi Mandy. That's especially good news when you've only been buying the product for the last three months. Many thanks for sharing your experience. Sheila

Laura Fanouraki
Works well

Using HerdLeader for 4 months . Seen an improvement. Pony not so
Irritated. Skin a lot better.

Hello Laura & many thanks for the review, much appreciate your feedback. Any potential customers will learn from your experience.