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Our 9 top tips for caring for horses with sensitive skin

Why is my horse's skin so sensitive? Some horses have thinner skin than others, some are naturally more sensitive to allergies or chemicals, and some will easily get sores from rugs or numnahs. Often these horses are easily susceptible to allergies and conditions like a sweet itch.




There are several reasons why a horse may have sensitive skin, including:

  1. Genetics: Some horses are simply more prone to having sensitive skin due to their genetics. Certain breeds, such as Thoroughbreds, Arabians, and Quarter Horses, are known for having more delicate skin.

  2. Environment: The environment in which a horse lives can also play a role in its skin sensitivity. Horses that live in areas with harsh weather conditions, such as hot and dry or cold and wet climates, may experience dry and itchy skin.

  3. Diet: A horse's diet can also affect its skin health. A diet that is deficient in essential nutrients, such as vitamins A and E, can cause dry, flaky skin.

  4. Parasites: Parasites such as lice, ticks, and mites can cause skin irritation, making it feel sensitive.

  5. Allergies: Just like humans, horses can develop allergies to certain substances. Common allergens include dust, pollen, and certain types of feed. These allergies can cause itchy and sensitive skin.

Careful management is the best way to deal with this.


Here are our 9 top tips for excellent management.


1. After riding, always wash off sweet, we recommend you use our botanical rinse, the natural plant properties will cool and soothe the skin and leave a healthy natural shine, no need to wash off the plant properties are very gentle and kind to the skin. Allow your horse's skin to dry before putting a rug on, the skin is softer when wet and more likely to get damaged


2. When using shampoo you a 100% natural shampoo for sensitive skin, keep away from frog chemicals like fragrances and foaming agents, our shampoo for dry and sensitive skin is highly conditioning, assisting in the repair of damaged skin


3. Protect your horse's skin from the sun and fly bites with a rug where you can


4. Keep your grooming tools clean, and don't share grooming tools with other horses


5. Consider his diet, does he have allergies that could be removed from his feed?


6. Make sure rugs are well fitting and clean


7. Treat rubs and sores quickly using our skin recovery balm, we have some just for sweet itch, or mallenders and sallenders, and general ones for dry skin or greasy skin


8. Stick to natural products as much as possible even when washing your saddle cloth


9. If you need to clip your horse wash him first with berries and leaves shampoo for dry and sensitive skin, clipping clean hair is easier and safer for the skin, allow your horse to completely dry before clipping, once clipped wash off with the botanical rinse, it will cool and soothe the skin of any irritation


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