Well, I thought I had Consolation’s itching issue under control. She certainly seemed normal when brushed and worked from the ground. She still has no hives or bumps or scabs or leisons, just relatively thin hair over the affected area (not bald spots, but shorter and rougher haircoat).
And yet, yesterday’s ride revealed that she is clearly still very itchy — driven to distraction, in fact. She seems to want to move out, but can’t bear to trot more than a few strides without slinging her head around as if to whack a horsefly, or nearly bucking. She moves along with her back hunched up in discomfort It gets worse as the ride progresses (and the area gets warmer under her tack?), but the skin does not appear to change. The behavior continues whether I’m mounted or not.
Over the past month, I’ve tried anti-fungal shampoos, Listerine soaks, and livestock dust. I’ve double-dosed with Ivermectin and removed the only new item in her diet (Strategy). I’ve washed and triple-rinsed her tack and brushes. She already gets flax as part of her Show N Go supplement. She lives in the open air, has access to shelter, and is in a largely dry and sunny climate. Her skin doesn’t seem dry. I considered the season (estrous issues?) but she is obviously itchy, not just ouchy or grouchy.
I’ve scoured the internet for ideas and come up empty. Nothing seems to match her symptoms. I’m at the point of calling her vet again to see if he thinks a fungal culture or somesuch might be in order. On the one hand, I hate to fork over a few hundred bucks for a farm visit and lab tests, but on the other hand, I hate watching more time and endurance rides go by without being able to participate!
In the meantime, I am trying to let gratitude outweigh frustration. At least I have another horse to ride, and more beyond that to train, while we get this resolved.
But still, please please please, can’t we find a solution quickly?