We Battle Itchy Horses


“We battle itchy horses.   Do you have any suggestions?

We supplement with vitamins and minerals and salt and flax and chondroitin and spirulina and iodine  with just enough feed to get the medicine to go down.  We don’t supplement with selenium as we live in an area (Houston, Texas) that is good (we think) with selenium w/r/t hay and grass.  Our horses are on hay and grass.

It seems we need to address the immune system….

Any feedback would be appreciated.

We started the horses on half a scoop of the horse guard a month or so ago.  One gelding with the poorest hooves of all had exfoiliated material scrapped off his hooves this morning.  First time in who knows how long…farrier said to keep up with whatever we were doing.”

Answer by Ph.D. equine nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:

It sounds like you are taking very good care of your horses. Flax helps to ease skin irritations. They may be itching because of biting insects or dry skin. I would recommend applying fly spray multiple times a day and bath them 3x times a week to soothe inflamed or itching skin.

I hope this helps. We are glad that you like the Biotin Hoof Blast! Our love for horses, drives us to produce the best products out there.

About Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S.

Kelsey J. Nonella, Ph.D. is an equine nutritionist who was riding horses before she could walk. Her love for horses drives her to help educate people on what their horses’ needs in order to have happy, healthy horses. Kelsey went to Cal Poly receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and then onto West Texas A&M, where she got her Masters and eventually her Doctorates in Equine Science. At A&M, Dr. Nonella did extensive research on Selenium within horses. Click here to view her research. Kelsey’s colleagues have mentioned her as one of the United States equine Selenium experts.
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