Sweet Itch & Allergies Explained
06
November

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Hey welcome to the HorseHour podcast I’m Amy Stevenson and today we’re talking Sweet Itch and allergies we’re joined by
Alex Wood from B&W Equine Vets, if you’ve had problems of your horse having
sweet itch or maybe he’s coming up in lumps and bumps and you want to know
what to do with it then Alex is going to advise us on allergies to look out for the
signs or symptoms and how to manage any allergy issues this is HorseHour. Welcome to the HorseHour podcast
I love doing these podcasts because we get to find out so much about people’s lives
but some of my favorite episodes are the ones that are on veterinary advice from
the guys at B&W Equine Vets and today I’d like to welcome Alex Wood she is a
specialist in internal medicine and today we’re going to be talking about
allergies, horses and allergies like sweet itch, how are you Alex? I’m really
well thank you how are you? I’m good, thanks so much for joining us I have a
bit of a personal interest in it because I actually have allergies myself and so I’ve often wondered how allergic horses can be to things and what we can do to either
prevent it or cure it so in terms of in terms of allergies in horses are there
some really common ones that are well common in horses? yeah I mean I think the
first one that’s been one that springs to mind has to be sweet itch that would
be the horse skin allergy that most horse owners would be familiar with and
will have heard of even if they haven’t personally experienced it themselves but
then there are some other slightly sort of rarer allergies as well. So the
sweet itch for example I didn’t even know that was an allergy I thought it was when, and correct me you know you can tell me what exactly sweet itch is, but this is
the myth that I heard, it was when the Flies bother the horses and and it rubs
off and they end up scratching themselves so much they rub off their fur,
is that correct yet? Well it is to a point but what so obviously all horses can get
bothered by flies in the in the summer months and lots of horses will rub
themselves and get you know swish their tails and be irritated by them but what
sweet itch is is an actual true allergy to midges and specifically to their to
their saliva so any horse may get a bit irritated if a swarm of midgets or
swarms around them but once and you know come up with a little bit of a midge
bite like we do you might come up with a little lump or something but a horse
with sweet itch so a true allergy or then itch and feel itchy long after that
midge bite has gone, it sets off an allergic reaction and that can then
affect them all summer for months and months can then make the
very itching much more itchy than an average horse should do. Oh gosh the
poor things because it’s a nightmare when we get a bite, I’ve gone one at the moment
actually I’ve got a swollen hand from a dodgy bite and it’s driving me mental, so
if they’re covered, you know they’re surrounded by flies all the time it this
must be really common because we actually see products on the market to
try and prevent sweet itch. Do those, do they actually work? well they do in the sense
that, one of the most frustrating things that sweet itch is we don’t have a
cure or a particularly good treatment for it so the best way to manage your
horse bite is to prevent them from being bitten by and
bitten by the midges in the first place so that’s what those products tend to
focus on so they’re your repellents your rugs and things and they are actually
the best way of managing these horses if you can stop the midges making contact
with the horse they won’t itch and they won’t get
irritated. yeah and once the horse has sweet itch then or how do we know that
they’ve got it in the first place? yes so we think it is a genetic condition that
the horse is born with because we think that because we definitely see it more
in certain breeds so certain pony breeds Shetland Welsh ponies we see a lot of
those with it, also Icelandic ponies for some reason seems to suffer and it tends
to be something a bit like with asthma or hay fever and people you don’t
necessarily see very small babies and children with hay fever but it’s
something that you develop at some point in your childhood or adulthood with
sweet itch horses they tend to develop the signs when they’re sort of between two
and five years old but they’re very much born with the ability all it takes is
for them to them be bitten by enough midges to them set off that allergic
reaction. oh my gosh and it’s not like we can you know wipe out all the Flies is
it. Absolutely no they’re always going to be there the midges sadly yes. So
can this start quite small then because I always take my horse as an
example with things and he gets little bites and they turn into lumps and so he
is affected by fly bites or midges but not to the extent that he has sweet itch so
is that something that we need to keep an eye at it that is can start quite small? yes so I think well I think that what your horse probably has
is that he does have a mild allergy to insect bites in general but he has one
of the different types though as we sort of said before, sweet itch is a
type of allergic skin disease in the horse but there are other types as well
and what we see is that other horses may have a mild allergy to all sorts of
different different types of flies either horse fly or mosquitos those things and
lumpiness is another sign of allergic skin disease in a horse they
can either show themselves by being itchy or by being lumpy sometimes both
and so it sounds like your horse and lots of other horses, that’s the
other common thing is that they come up in hives or wheels and that’s another
sign of skin disease but it would suggest your horse does have some
allergic sort of sensitivity to fly bites but doesn’t have classic sweet
itch well they say horses are like their
owners so he’s very much like me I have sympathy for you (laughs) And I also wondered if you could give you a horse Piriton if there’s an antihistamine that you can
give them like we take antihistamines yes
so there are no horse licensed antihistamines on the market the only type
of antihistamine you can give them is human antihistamine’s
they can have some effect but they don’t work particularly well unfortunately and
you have to give them a lot sometimes people think oh if I give them one
Piriton they’ll be fine but if you think that one Piriton on would treat a
60 70 kilo person it’s not going to have a huge effect in a 500 kilo horse and
also doesn’t work for very long so there are some types of antihistamines that
can work better can work in horses but they tend to be the ones that aren’t
marketed for humans so much anymore because they can cause drowsiness in
humans obviously horses don’t need to operate heavy machinery drivers (laughs) infact it could work quite well if they’re spooky and you want to take it for a hack.
Exactly exactly so the types of antihistamine that we do occasionally use
in horses, wouldn’t necessarily be a classic Piriton and things I don’t
think theres any harm and giving piriton and
sometimes people give it and seem to think it helped but it it’s not a really
an ideal long-term solution for them. So what is the long-term solution if we
haven’t got a cure what can we do? So the next stage of treatment in
the most common type of treatment that we use is steroid anti-inflammatory
drugs and they form the sort of, the sort of the sort of backbone of the
treatment that we have for these horses because some horses they just have a
straightforward reaction a what we call a short-term allergic reaction if they
get bitten by a load of yes usually flies come into contact with a plant or
eat something that upsets them and just come up with lumps or become very itchy
we can come out and inject them with some steroids or we can leave the class
with some steroid tablets that they might only need to be on for a couple of
days and then like settle down and go away or if we have a horse that has got
longer-term allergic disease that keeps coming up with hives or keeps getting
itchy sometimes we need to have those horses on steroids sometimes for weeks
or months which isn’t ideal as steroids can have if they’re used in high amounts
high doses or for long time can have some side effects in horses
but they’re very very powerful they work very well unlike antihistamines, we
know that steroids help with allergic skin disease and certainly if you went
to the doctor or to hospital with a severe allergic reaction that’s what
they’d give you, they’d injected you with steroids we know it helps with that so in that sense
actually steroids can be used sometimes almost like a diagnostic test and if we see a horse thats very itchy or comes up with lumps and we give them steroids and they
respond we know that that’s an allergy that they’re allergic to something it’s then
time then tells whether this is something short-term that goes away
doesn’t seem to bother the horse again or whether it’s something that is going
to continue to bother the horse flare up be it certain times of year and
something we see year-on-year or for quite a few months at a time sometimes.
Well the hard thing really is managing it isn’t it that’s the, because if
you know your horse has got an allergy you don’t want them to go through that
pain or you know that that discomfort but at the same time gosh how can you
have your horse on steroids every year throughout the whole summer for the
rest of his life, it’s really difficult. It is really difficult and so one one type
of testing or one thing that we can do to help is that we can do allergy
testing in horses we tend to we tend to reserve it for those ones that if we’ve
seen that either every time we try taking more steroids
the lumps or the itchiness comes back or if they’ve had sort of ongoing either
ongoing signs for a couple of months or we see a seasonal pattern where we go
okay well every April horse starts coming up in lumps or start itching we
can do what’s called intra dermal skin testing and this involves us injecting
tiny very dilute bits of a number of allergens into the horses skin and then
we measure how much that area swells and so we can measure them the horses reaction
to those particular allergens. Gosh that’s incredible so what type of
allergens would you be testing for? We have a panel of about 30 allergens they
include tree and grass pollens all the sort of the main biting insects lots of
molds and yeasts and so on because all horse have come into contact with a lot
of those in either forage, their straw and their stables dust mites and
also a number of sort of plants and things as well. And are they things that
we can find everywhere generally in our fields or if we go hacking, because
again that’s hard to prevent I mean how can you prevent you can’t prevent a horse
from being allergic to pollen so what what options do we have really because I
feel like we don’t have, I feel sorry for them, I feel like we don’t have many
options. Yeah and this is what can be so frustrating with them and sometimes I
will do the skin testing panel on the horse, we can identify the allergens and
with sometimes we have a lovely situation where it comes up that they
allergic to alfalfa and sugar beet for example well thats east, you just stop feeding
them yeah and I have had a couple of cases where that literally turns the horse
around and people go that’s amazing there’d be lumpy for years and now
they’re not anymore but the ones you’re absolutely right the ones that come back
allergic to grass pollens and to tree pollens we can’t ever remove a horse
from from those well they would have to live in a completely sterile environment
and it wouldn’t be at all fair on the horse but what we can
in those situations is once we’ve done their testing and identify which
allergens they are allergic to we can make up a desensitization vaccine for
them. Oh Wow. And what we do with that is we make up yet a vaccine we make up with
tiny tiny doses of all the allergens that they’re allergic to it does take
quite a lot of involvement from the owner because the owner needs to inject
the horse it’s a pretty much every other day for a couple of months but we
gradually increase the amounts that they are injected and then we gradually
increase the strength of the allergen and as I said we’re basically trying to
desensitize them to those to those allergens. And does that work Alex
because I’ve heard that they do that with humans but I’ve always been too afraid
to have coconut pumped into me when I’m severely allergic to. Well absolutely
absolutely which is why we’re very very careful we start with very very low
doses and build it up and we do it over a number of months it can really really
help for horses with what we call urticaria, so that come up in lumps,
lumps and bumps it can have about an 80% success rate in reducing their symptoms
enough that they don’t need ongoing steroids, some horses need to have
lifelong injections now that’s not every other day what they have every other day
injections for about three months and then we reduce it gradually to
every three weeks then every six weeks and we try and stretch them out and wean
them off the injections and some horses we can wean them off all together some need
like a maintenance job every two or three months but most owners would say
by that point like I’m happy to keep doing that if that keeps the symptoms at
bay unfortunately the skin testing this and the desensitization back-feed
doesn’t work as well for the itchy horses which is a real shame because I
think often horses can look quite lumpy and look quite alarmed but actually it doesn’t
bother the horse too much whereas the itchiness understandingly really bothers
the horse and they can rub themselves very raw so it’s quite frustrating that
the treatment the desensitisation vaccine doesn’t help them as much we
tend to we tend to think that we have about a 40 percent success rates, so less
than half and sometimes like you say with you know not wanting to suddenly
have a load of coconut when you’re allergic to coconut, it can actually
make them initially a little bit worse so we have to be very
careful we have to be really careful with our dosing and the owner has to be
really aware of that so we tend to reserve it with the Itchy horses for the
ones that are very bad there are no other options left and it’s almost a
little bit of a sort of a last-ditch thing that we say okay well let’s try
this and be prepared that it might make the horse a little bit worse initially
and and see whether we can get an improvement or not. Are there any topical lotions that we can use for sweet itch like camomile lotion, does
that work with horses? Yeah I mean I think that those sort of things anything
thats sort of topical and soothing can definitely help and I think anything
that if they rub themselves raw and break the skin anything that stops them
getting infected somewhat can help but there isn’t like a magical treatment
that you can sort of put onto to soothe the itching anything more than as you say
chamomile or Sudacrem or something like that
Sudacrem works that’s interesting because I thought that was an antiseptic?
yeah well when I say it doesn’t help I don’t think it helps stop the itching
but I think it can soothe the skin I think you can soothe the rawness and I
think because sometimes actually it becomes this vicious cycle that they rub
it makes the skin sore and then that almost makes it is a little bit itchier, so
I think it can sometimes help settle that a little bit but it’s certainly not
there’s no magical cure in any way. Well the bad news then is that we can’t cure
sweet itch but the good news is that we can prevent it and we can manage it and
yeah and I love the fact that you can test for allergies because that
wasn’t that’s so much easier isn’t it when you know your horse has a problem it’s
when we’re sat there guessing saying what’s wrong yeah it’s got some lumps
got some bumps doesn’t quite it looks a little bit under the weather and at
least we’ve got some some answers what other really common allergies do you
have? I’ve heard of dust allergies which is must be a nightmare for people that
stable their horse. Yeah absolutely I mean we certainly dust allergy very much
affects their Airways rather than tending to affect their skin although
having said that we do have some horses that test positive for the moulds and
things that we find in in dust I think yeah so from a respiratory point of view
it’s very much dust will be the number one cause followed by pollens that can
effect the horses that cough more in summer in. In terms of skin disease I
think insects have to be up there as number
one as the cause followed by yes sort of
feeds certain hard feeds and then your and then your pollens and dust. So the midgies then obviously we’ve got the ones that come out in storms and the
horseflies how serious are horse flies because horses do go mental when they
have a horse fly anywhere anywhere near them and they hate them. Yeah and I think the
thing with horse flies is I think that their the way they bite and their
saliva is so irritant that I think it affects all horses they don’t
necessarily have to have a true allergy to horse flies to be irritated and for
the bite to hurt because I know when I’ve been bitten my arm swelled up hugely and
it could be really quite nicely but certainly horses with an allergy to them
will come up in hives all over their body in response to it so they can be
quite nasty the other big insect which is slightly different I suppose from the
flies and things that we definitely get a lot of positive test result for is
dust mites. So we get a bit, so a bit like humans will be allergic to it
can be allergic to dust mites in their sort of mattresses and that sort of
thing horses we tend to they tend to get in
contact with them from their rugs and their numnahs and so on because it’s
quite difficult to really thoroughly wash at high temperatures and then
thoroughly thoroughly dry rugs and numnahs and so on. You tend to wash a
rugs and then leave them out to dry slowly over a couple of days and those are
the conditions that dust mites really like and then they get stored
you know you wash your rugs and they don’t get used or some of them get stored
and that’s when the dust mite can populate . Ohh noooo you’ve made me feel like
an awful owner now I need to go and get my rugs washed because you don’t think
about it you going, you go through the winter well there are some people that
are really good and go and wash their rugs every month but really you kind of go through a winter and then th en you send them off
to be washed while you’re using your summer rugs and then vice versa when it
comes to autumn but how often then should we be washing our rugs?
Well I mean I think if your horse doesn’t have an allergy I think as long
as they’re hygienic and they’re clean and as you say they’re washed a good couple of
times a year I think that’s fine but I think if we have a horse that is, it’s
coming up lumps particularly in the winter if they’re coming up lumps in the
winter and we know that we haven’t got the Flies and the midges and those sorts
of problems certainly horses that come to me for the skin and testing in the
winter we definitely see a lot of them testing positive for dust mites because
of course that’s the only insect they’re really coming into contact with those
ones I say that every couple of weeks their rug should be washed. The key things
and the things that are tricky is they need to be washed at 60 degrees and then
they need to be tumble dried because that’s what kills the mites, just washing
them at 40 degrees or 30 degrees and then just leaving them to air dry won’t
necessarily kill the mites and also for a lot of big rugs particular turnout
rugs you can’t do that and so the other things that you can do is once you’ve
washed and dried your rugs is put them in a freezer if people have got a big
chest freezer and room to do that because that can help kill the might. Thats
amazing! how does that kill them? Just because they can’t survive at low
temperatures so that’s what lots of people would dust mite allergies will do with
things like children’s toys they’ll put their teddy bears in the freezer
and it kills off the population of mites No way I’ve never heard of that, brilliant. But what you do if you are able to wash and tumble dry them if it’s their sort of
cotton sheets and things then when they come out the tumble dry you want to get
them while they’re still warm and you have to seal them in plastic bags
because if you can then cut off remove all the oxygen from there again it stops
the mites from being able to reproduce and then finally the other thing we can
do is if you have got big thick rugs and things that you really can’t do all that
you can get the mattress protectors the anti dust mite mattress protectors for
humans and you can put those under their rugs and that because then they can’t
get bitten through that if that’s their sort of under layer that can that can
help as well. I wish that would work for the midgies too.
There are some really good sweet itch rugs on the market the ones to
stop them being bitten by the midges there are a lot they’re out on the
market. I’m just going back to the horse flies and I once heard, I like to
dispel a lot of rumors andy myths because we hear a lot, and the horse flies they
particularly like horses because they lay their eggs on their backs so the
horse fly will fly over the horse and then it will find a spot and then it will
actually lay eggs in it that’s where then the other ones will come away and
as well as the horse is not liking the feelings of saliva but they don’t
actually like the eggs being kind of embedded in them either
yeah is that true? Well that’s interesting obviously we know that horse
flies have an affinity to horses hence the name we know that they like bitting
horses definitely and their bites can be really quite painful and as you say that
they like horses because it’s a suitable place to lay their eggs whether the eggs
themselves irritate their words I don’t know that actually that’s interesting
that you say that but certainly I think it is generally their bite that the
horse objects to the most because they can really draw blood and could be
really quite you know really quite painful at the time and then cause a
reaction afterwards . mmm they hate them well our horses hate the horse flies as
much as they make crab flies yeah where we are there’s a lot of lot of crab
flies I had never heard of these until I moved to this yard and they literally
scuttle along the underside of the horses like they’re crabs yeah yeah. Do they
actually bite or is it just the feeling of them they don’t like? I think, I
think with crab flies I think it’s just the sensation if you can imagine if
they were crawling up your arm you’d be like oooohh get off me
but it’s a bit like also house flies and stable flies, your big fat black flies they
all can irritate them but they don’t actually bite and draw blood. Okay well
lots of allergies to keep an eye out for and how can we see the symptoms we’ve
got the symptoms for if they’ve gotten it obviously if they’re itchy they’ve got a skin disease allergy but respiratory wise if they’re having an
internal allergic reaction how can we what are the signs yeah so the sort of
respiratory allergic disease the main signs are coughing and white nasal
discharge thankfully it’s really rare that we see a horse have a a proper
anaphylactic reaction which can be really quite life-threatening where
their Airways closed over and things like that that’s incredibly rare but
certainly if you saw a horse that was suddenly having real difficulty
breathing that would be you know you need to call a vet really quite
urgently but for yes normal respiratory allergies is yeah it’s a
frequent cough but they’re not unwell you know they don’t have a
temperature they don’t appear to have a virus and yeah white nasal discharge. Snd
that’s for any allergy that’s affecting their inside? Yeah so and well sort of
allergy that’s affecting their airway generally allergies and horses either
affect their Airways or they affect their skin. Oh okay oh that’s good. So
it’s not like they can have issues with a liver or their kidneys. No not not but
not something that we associate with allergies no. This is very interesting, what can you tell us about you know what should we be knowing what
should we learn? Okay so I think the things to sort of to know are that, a bit
like with people you’ll either have an allergy or you don’t so the average
horse owner with the average horse doesn’t necessarily need to panic and
worry about how they need to prevent allergies because in that sense you
can’t really your horse as I said either has them or they don’t. If they are
showing signs of allergy so for skin allergies either that they’re very itchy
or they frequently come up in lumps bumps
that’s when you want to consult your vet you want to have a chat with them about
you know how much of a problem this is whether it’s severe enough and gone long
enough that we need to talk about testing so on or what management things
you could be doing to prevent them coming into contact with the allergy as
I said you can’t prevent the allergy in itself because that’s something that the
genetics that the horse has been born with and as I said the signs to look out
for as yet as excessive itchiness and frequent lumps and bumps all over the
body sometimes they sort of weep and ooze, if we see a horse with skin allergies or
respiratory allergies then there are some simple management things that we
can do so although as you said we can’t do anything about pollens
because they’re just in their environment if they’re in a dusty stable
with a dusty deep bitter bed in cobwebs everywhere we can clean that stable when
you get them out in the fresh air reduce their exposure to to dust and moulds and
so on. If we think that it might be a food related allergy the simplest thing
to do is just cut out all their hard feet for a period of time see whether
their signs resolves and then you can gradually reintroduce what we call
simple like straight feed because obviously a concentrate fiber
concentrate feed has all sorts of different things in it and it’s
difficult to then tell which part of that food is affecting them so that’s
something sensible that you can do if your horse seems to covered in lumps and
bumps and we’re concerned it may be food related that’s something that you can
you can do I think most horses appreciate the fly
protection because even if they don’t have a true allergy they can still come
up in lumps and bumps if they get bitten enough and also be irritated by
them so use of strong flie repellents use a fly rug if you’re in a
particularly midgie or fly area I think the horse will definitely appreciate (laughs) I try really hard to go the other way I go too far and I think I’m going to let
him be free and he but he prefers to be free but ultimately if he’s being
irritated by the flies then he probably would be happier being
protected from them yeah I mean I think as you say it is nice to see your horse
sort of out in the open and things and certainly when they’ve been wearing rugs
all winter then to have a nice roll and get sort of have a proper what we’ve got
like a naked roll not be rugged up all year round I think is nice and you know
not all horses if you if you’re living quite if your horse got quite a big open
breezy field they might not be bothered by the Flies too much but I
think particularly fly masks and things most horses do appreciate them because
almost all horses in the summer months will get flies all over their faces if
you have a lot of trees and water near your field that will attract lots of
insects and so those horses then often do benefit from from a fly
mask and fly rugs. This is interesting I kept Blackjack without a fly mask
for a while and he got ear plaques. okay. Which are these little lumps that he had
in his ears and yeah we think it was, my vet said it was because of the flies
and they were irritating him and they were making it sore and it was itchy so
I put a fly mask on him and over a period of time the ear plaques went, it was really
good, okay so they actually went by themselves because apparently you have
to have them removed by the vet and it’s quite a hard process isn’t it.
yeah absolutely they’re quite difficult to get to disappear and so if they
fairly mild we usually say to people just sort of leave them alone it’s only
if they get really sort of gnarly and big and bothering the horse, as you say we
can surgically remove them but there certainly isn’t a treatment form that’s
really good that they went away by themselves. I was really relieved
actually because I felt again like a really bad owner
that he’d had them in the first place because he does have clean ears and it’s
funny when you see these you know, you have these issues and these kind of
umm diseases and you automatically think well I do wash my horse, you
know I do bath him, I do clean his ears and his nose, but but what I found when I put the fly
mask on he had, it was great because obviously his ears ears got better and
when it was over his nose he’d sneeze all the time. oh really okay. I couldn’t work out what it was that was making him sneeze and he was he was sneezing and he was snorting and not in a in a you know annoyed way or
aggressive way it was just something was getting up his nose so then I tried him
with a fly mask without the nose piece yeah. Happy as larry, so chilled, not bothered about it but I wonder what was making him sneeze? I
think sometimes their noses and their muzzles are really really sensitive they
have lots and lots of nerve endings because they’ve got all their whiskers
and they get quite a lot of sensory information from from the the skin
surface on their muzzle and I think sometimes as you say if you have a fly
mask or thing that’s got a inbuilt nose sort of net or nose part and it’s just
pressing or tickling on the wrong part it will make them, like with us, if the
end of your nose is tickling makes you want to sneeze and so I think that’s
probably what happened with him. At least we had a solution take the nose piece off but
it exactly the made me giggle for a while so I thought what is going on with you! (laughs) yeah
well thank you very very much Alex so if we have a horse that maybe we’ve seen some
symptoms for a while and we’re thinking about having an allergy test with you
how much is this going to cost us? The cost of this sort of the testing process
and it comes out it’s about 300 pounds and then if they are a suitable
candidate for the desensitization vaccine, i.e. they’ve got the right kind of
symptoms they’re easy to inject for the owner and the owners are you know happy
to do it that sort of thing comes out at about another three four hundred pounds
for that first sort of intensive three months they then have the continued
injections but because they get less and less frequent, the price, as you get
through less of your sort of vaccine so the price then goes down after that. Well
thank you very much for your help today and advising us on allergies I feel much
better equipped. I won’t be panicking at the slightest lump now
until you know I know that he’ll be okay. so you’re very welcome
you’re very welcome as you say, if they’re severe it’s them you want to
worry about, but for most horses it’s something we can easily control. Amazing
so we can follow B&W Equine Vets on Twitter it’s just @BWEquineVets we can head to
your website where we can get more information which is bwequinevets.co.uk
and you’re on Facebook too – that’s right yes we are. Thank you so much speak to you soon. Thanks so much for listening I hope
you enjoyed this week’s episode if you’d like any more advice on sweet itch and
allergies then head to the BW Equine Vets website they’re constantly putting out
information and advice for you as well as following them on Twitter as well. I
hope you’ve had a good week with your horse I’m really really excited about
Wednesday because it’s the start of badminton 2017 and you can catch
everything here on HorseHour. I’ll be there from the trot up Wednesday
afternoon through the dressage on Thursday and Friday on the cross-country
course on Saturday and right in the middle of the arena taking photos for
you at the show jumping on Sunday so don’t miss anything if you can’t be
there then you can watch everything via our Twitter which is @HorseHour there’ll
be pictures going on Instagram and Facebook – will be live interviewing
with riders and you can see backstage behind-the-scenes footage the things
that nobody else gets to see like when they’re warming up cooling down and of
course the grooms, the wonderful grooms that give the horse lots of love and
look after them before and after they’ve had their run. If you are at badminton
then send us a message it’d be lovely to meet you please come and say hi and send
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#HorseHour I hope you’ve had a really good week and I look forward to
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One thought on “Sweet Itch & Allergies Explained

  1. Please please help!!! I have a grulla mare that really is suffering with sweet itch and we live in uk!!i have tried everything lotions potions rugs and now steroid injections,she is ripping herself to bits itching!if I can not get anything that will help her I will have to do the kindest human thing and let her go to sleep!!😞she is only 10!but has known much love and care and consistency in the 3 and half yrs I have owned her,she has been passed everywhere cos of the ailment!now I won’t let that happen to her again,so I shall see my baby to the pasture with a heavy heart,I can not afford to do what I have done another summer!im out of options,and money!xxx

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