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#1 equicrzy

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:29 PM

My mare first got dandruff last winter, it was too cold to bathe her, so I used listerine for a few days and it cleared up.

She got dandruff again, a few months later, this time it was warmer, so I bathed her with dandruff shampoo and followed with a spray of listerine...I did the listerine a couple more times after that and it cleared up and, stayed gone for a long time.

She has dandruff AGAIN!! It's mostly on her neck and shoulders.....dandruff is basically just dry skin, that's flaking off, isn't it?

I'm going to bathe her again with the dandruff shampoo and follow it with listerine.

Can recurring dandruff be the sign of something more serious, like something lacking in her diet?
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:49 PM

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:52 PM

Yes.


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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:03 PM

If it keeps coming back, there is an underlying cause. What that cause is, I don't know; could be diet related, could be medical, could be parasites (the neck thread worms come to mind), could be fungal, could be bacterial. What have you done besides wouthwash, and a bath? Skin scrapings? forage analysis? Added omegas? Supplements to improve skin health?

I am not a vet and even if I was, I couldn't diagnose off of a thread about recurrent dandruff. You asked if the dandruff could be a sign of another issue ( maybe diet related, maybe not), I answered that question; yes it can .
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:08 PM

If it keeps coming back, there is an underlying cause. What that cause is, I don't know; could be diet related, could be medical, could be parasites (the neck thread worms come to mind), could be fungal, could be bacterial. What have you done besides wouthwash, and a bath? Skin scrapings? forage analysis? Added omegas? Supplements to improve skin health?

I am not a vet and even if I was, I couldn't diagnose off of a thread about recurrent dandruff. You asked if the dandruff could be a sign of another issue ( maybe diet related, maybe not), I answered that question; yes it can .


Gee, someone's a little touchy today, if you didn't intent to help, maybe you should have just kept your comment to yourself. Sorry to have bothered you, but it's not like I'm the first person to ask a HORSE HEALTH board for opinions and advice, you don't have to be a vet to give those.

Thanks for what you DID say, though, I'll look into it further.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:30 PM

Hi! What kind of diet is your horse on? Living conditions? Worming/fecal schedule? I would start with adding omega 3's...flax seed, Cocosoya, something along those lines and maybe get a fecal. I was going to ask about humidity, but then saw where you live! Ha! Maybe her coat is dry from your climate?
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:37 PM

You asked a question that could be answered simply by saying yes or no. You got a yes for an answer. You asked her to elaborate which she did. She gave her opinion, and said she's not a vet, nor does she play one on tv. I didn't see her reply as being touchy like you did. Rather I found your reply back, to be rather rude.

And since I don't have any actual experience with this sort of thing, I can't offer you any advice. Sorry.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:41 PM

Gee, someone's a little touchy today, if you didn't intent to help, maybe you should have just kept your comment to yourself. Sorry to have bothered you, but it's not like I'm the first person to ask a HORSE HEALTH board for opinions and advice, you don't have to be a vet to give those.

Thanks for what you DID say, though, I'll look into it further.


i didnt think she was touchy at all, she answered the question... if anything it sounds like you got your undies in a twist over it..

a simple search of past topics would also bring up a few threads with a bunch of info on the same things.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:47 PM

Did you try feeding about 1/4 cup of corn oil in the grain? I know the conditions of your environment are verrrrry dry and dusty since my son lives in AZ. Also, don't use any conditioner that has silicone in it. My former horse used to get dandruff from using that kind of spray. I now use a conditioner that moisturizes. :unsure:

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:50 PM

No twisted undies here, if she did have some info to give, which she obviously did, since she gave it in her second post, she should have just said so in the first.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:55 PM

Did you try feeding about 1/4 cup of corn oil in the grain? I know the conditions of your environment are verrrrry dry and dusty since my son lives in AZ. Also, don't use any conditioner that has silicone in it. My former horse used to get dandruff from using that kind of spray. I now use a conditioner that moisturizes. :unsure:


I have tried a skin and coat supplement, but she wouldn't eat it, even when put in the feed. I use Pyranha fly spray, not sure if it has anything that can be drying ....right now I'm using Mane and Tail shampoo and conditioner, I havn't looked at the ingredients...will go do that now!

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 03:05 PM

Hi! What kind of diet is your horse on? Living conditions? Worming/fecal schedule? I would start with adding omega 3's...flax seed, Cocosoya, something along those lines and maybe get a fecal. I was going to ask about humidity, but then saw where you live! Ha! Maybe her coat is dry from your climate?


Her diet is only grass hay, she is a very easy keeper and anything more than that and she balloons up. The only feed she gets, is just enough to mix in her supplement, I have tried skin and coat supplements, but she doesn't like the taste, at least not the ones I've tried and she won't eat them even when mixed into the feed.

If it continues i will look into other things. She is dewormed regularly, 4 times a year, she has never had a fecal, because there has never been any reason for me to think she needed one, she's always been healthy and never had any diarrhea.

I've thought about adding flax seed, I am also looking into vitamin supplements, researching several different ones right now and am leaning towards Grand Vite.

Yes, our climate is very dry and humid, especially this time of year, what with the monsoons and all.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 03:18 PM

You asked a question that could be answered simply by saying yes or no. You got a yes for an answer. You asked her to elaborate which she did. She gave her opinion, and said she's not a vet, nor does she play one on tv. I didn't see her reply as being touchy like you did. Rather I found your reply back, to be rather rude.

And since I don't have any actual experience with this sort of thing, I can't offer you any advice. Sorry.


I wasn't asking a question that only a vet could/should answer, plenty of people have given their advice and opinions on health related topics and they weren't all vets.

If my reply seemed rude, it is because I was responding to a reply that *I* found to be not only rude, but condescending, with just a touch of snark thrown in.

That's the way I read it....sorry.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 03:34 PM

i dont see anything rude or condescending in the second post at all.. :confused0024:
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 03:37 PM

i dont see anything rude or condescending in the second post at all.. :confused0024:


Maybe it's just me, then.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 03:51 PM

Have you given her a good, thorough, all over bath with Betadine? We did that for my mare Amber and it's done wonders for her skin and coat and itchies!

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 03:57 PM

I havn't tried Betadine...I think I still have some, I'll give it a try!
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 05:03 PM

We put about a cup or so in a bucket of warm water and really scrubbed her good, taking special care on the mane and tail area. It worked wonders!

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 05:04 PM

I would suggest Omega Horseshine. It is rice bran/flax. REALLY helps with skin/coat issues. My new mare has some very sensitive skin I've found out. Omega Horseshine helps to control this. Also I see your in AZ. I would probably think it has something to do with all the dry we've been having lately. I would look into a moisturizer also. Took about a week for my guys to get used to the horseshine after that they started licking it up.

With our dang sun I'm having to look into some moisturizer also for miss Diva and her skin. I ran out of the horseshine for about two weeks and her skin is now angry with me. Getting it back in check though.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 05:23 PM

Right now, I've got Nu Image Dark horse.....she just smells it in the feed and turns her nose up. I have heard good things about the Omega Horseshine, maybe it will be my next purchase.

I went and looked for the Betadine, guess I used it all.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 05:50 PM

Have you tried the regular Nu-Image? It is different than the dark horse. I also use Omega Horseshine and the horses like it.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 06:34 PM

I've never used the regular Nu Image. I've tried the Grand complete, but didn't really see any difference. The Omega Horseshine sounds like something I should try.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 08:00 PM

I am recommending the Omega Horseshine often now myself. I like that stuff and can see a difference. Like the fat I couldn't get on my 3 year old, got it on him. Shined him up real nice. Cleared up a nasty dried out coat and got rid of skin issues on my sensitive broodmare. Not to mention she shines like a newly minted copper penny.

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Don't be afraid to feed a hint and build it up to the recommendation for better eating.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 10:42 PM

Ditto to DiluteMe or you can also just use fresh ground flax. It works well.

Also, if she is never out on fresh green grass, you probably need to supplement her Vit A. the older the hay gets, the less it has and they become deficiant. Vit A is necessary for healthy skin.

Mine are all on hay only diets also and I add 3 CCs of the injectable Vit A to their feed about once a month or so to make sure they get enough. I have no skin issues anymore ever. No dandruff or rain rot ever and mine live outside 24 7 365

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 05:23 AM

Listerine likely isn't helping much either. While it may help initially, it is alcohol based, and will work as a drying agent. Likely making the problem worse. Excessive bathing can also remove the natural oils on her skin.

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I also have to agree with Trinity. Coat supplements are great if the horse is getting everything else it needs. Go back to the basics, and start over. I'd add some vitA, and ease up on the baths. Regular brushing with a curry to stimulte the skin.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 07:04 AM

Hay over in my part of AZ....my feed store gets it from Tucson...is lacking in Vitamin E and Selenium.

Have you had your hay tested?
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 08:35 AM

Thanks guys....have never had my hay tested, if I can find out where to have it done, I'll do it...for now, maybe just adding a vitamin supplement along with the Omega Horseshine will do it.



On a side note...I apologize for being rude...I have sent quartermutt a PM and wanted to also say, sorry, to everyone else.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 08:56 AM

Injectable Vit A given orally has helped my horses with coat problems. I think it was Cheri that recommended it. It has made a world of difference.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 09:03 AM

Injectable Vit A given orally has helped my horses with coat problems. I think it was Cheri that recommended it. It has made a world of difference.


Can I get injectable Vit A from a feed store?
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 09:43 AM

Yep. TSC carries it. Its injectable Vit A and D. Just give it orally over some feed. Mine eat if right up no problem. I started all mine with 5 CC just to catch them up and then do the 2 or 3 cc about once a month. Cheri is the one who recommended it to start with and it is working great. You can also put them on a supplement high in Vit A, but the injectable given orally seems to work great and is very inexpensive. 15 bucks a bottle and it has a bunch in it.
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