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Topical Body Care

  1. Mud Woes: How to Deal with Scratches and Thrush

    Mud Woes: How to Deal with Scratches and Thrush
    Mud Woes: How to Deal with Scratches and Thrush It's really hard to come up with anything good to say about mud - except that it's better than ice, which is not saying much.  I want to focus on two challenging skin issues which are made worse by mud.  Scratches/Mud Fever and Thrush. Scratches/mud fever is a skin condition...
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  2. Hair Mineral Analysis

    Hair Mineral Analysis
    Messages From the Mane A Unique Perspective on Biochemical Individuality The Objectives of Hair Mineral Analysis Hair Mineral Analysis (HMA) is a laboratory test that measures the mineral content of the hair.  A small sample of hair (one tablespoon) taken from the mane closest to the horse’s skin can accurately give an overview of the mineral levels...
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  3. Herbal Help for Sore Muscles

    Herbal Help for Sore Muscles
    Herbal Help for Sore Muscles It’s that time of year when sore muscles, inflamed tendons and ligaments are common occurrences among horses that are active.  Herbals aren’t always the first treatment of choice, but in this scenario they often offer an alternative to traditional approaches that focus on anti-inflammatory drugs, which do block symptoms to some extent, but don’t...
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  4. Topical Treatments for Wounds

    Topical Treatments for Wounds
    Herbal Topicals for Wounds It's not something we want to spend a lot of time thinking about, but the prospect of a horse getting injured when out in the middle of nowhere deserves some forethought. A little planning can make a big difference if you ever find yourself in that situation. The first thing to realize is that...
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  5. Relief for Summer Skin Issues

    Relief for Summer Skin Issues
    Relief for Summer Skin Issues  Warm weather is fabulous for riding, but not so great for some horses' comfort.  Seasonal skin irritations can lead to scratching that, in some cases, can become constant and severe, even causing the horse to rub off hair or damage his skin.  In some horses, it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle that leads to...
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  6. Summer Skin and Coat Care

    Summer Skin and Coat Care
    Even if your horse has no skin allergies and manages to avoid wounds or infections, summer still poses many threats to the skin and coat. Bleaching/fading related to sun exposure is common and caused by hair damage from ultraviolet rays.  It is believed the generation of free radicals causes damage to the sterols and fats in the hair cuticle...
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  7. Herbs for Topical Use

    Herbs for Topical Use
    Herbs for Topical Use If you haven't tried herbal products for skin and coat use, you really should.  Not because they're herbal or natural - because they are effective! Chemicals are chemicals whether they are inside a plant or in purified form.  Many effective pharmaceuticals were isolated from or based on chemicals in plants.  One thing...
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  8. What to do about Blanket Rubs

    What to do about Blanket Rubs
    Blanket Rubs Blanket rubs aren't exactly a medical emergency but they are more than just cosmetic.  Wither rubs may cause pain when a saddle is on, as can rubs high along the shoulder.  It may resemble a shaved area but the skin is actually traumatized, like a brush burn.  Unattended rubs can easily progress to open...
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  9. Mud Woes: How to Deal with Scratches and Thrush

    Mud Woes: How to Deal with Scratches and Thrush
    Mud Woes: How to Deal with Scratches and Thrush It's really hard to come up with anything good to say about mud - except that it's better than ice, which is not saying much.  I want to focus on two challenging skin issues which are made worse by mud.  Scratches/Mud Fever and Thrush. Scratches/mud fever is a skin...
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  10. Managing Sweet Itch

    Managing Sweet Itch
    Managing Sweet Itch  Sweet itch is the common name used to describe an allergic reaction to the bite of the midge Culicoides.  These tiny terrors don't look any more threatening than fruit flies but for horses allergic to the saliva in their bites they start an agonizing cycle of itching, rubbing, hair loss and skin breakdown. The best...
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