Tips For Better Horse Skin Health

The skin of a horse is quite thick and usually covered in fur, and it’s the first line of defence that the animal has against infection, pests, insects, and more. A horse’s skin and fur is one of the first parts of the animal will begin to deteriorate if it is unwell, and may often be the cause of that deterioration.

For those breeders and trainers that are wanting the very best for their horse, keep reading to learn some tips and tricks for helping a horse maintain healthy skin and fur.

Sun Exposure

Horses are always at their healthiest when they are outside, getting plenty of fresh and sunlight. Making sure that a horse is exercising and in the sun is one of the most vital aspects of keeping them as healthy as possible, but it’s also worth always keeping in mind that it is possible for a horse to receive too much sunlight, too.

Photosensitivity can occur when the horse has consumed certain plants and/or medications and then spends too much time out in direct sunshine. It’s even possible for a horse to suffer from sunburns, especially when there is skin beneath a white patch of fur. Sunburn is easy to spot and is very much like the sunburn that we suffer ourselves.

Keep The Skin Dry

Depending on where the horse is located, there’s always a chance that they will come into contact with some unexpected afternoon rain. While this in itself shouldn’t be much of a problem, particularly rainy areas and constant contact with moisture can cause some issues with the animal’s skin.

Skin that is always damp is much more susceptible to being infected both with bacteria and fungi, which can lead to worse conditions down the line. It’s always a good idea to make sure that the horse is dry, especially when there has been a lot of rain over a short period of time and the horse has not had rough time to dry off naturally, which is usually the perfect time to sit at home on the couch checking out Rainrot is a very common infection that is caused by a bacteria that infects of the shafts of the hair, and not only can it become painful for the horse, but it can lead to worse infections later on.

Bug Bites

Due to how large horses often are and because they are usually out in the open, they are a prime target for attack by all manner of invertebrate. This can become something of a serious problem during the warmer months of the year when many insects are hatching and looking for food and places to lay their eggs. Horse are susceptible to a wide range of bug attacks, and one of the most common is known as sweet itch, which is an allergic reaction to the bites of certain bugs.

A great way to help alleviate this issue is by spraying the horse down with something like lemon eucalyptus oil, which is known for keeping most insects at bay with relative ease.

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