Appearance: small, round bumps at first, soon followed by bald spots, with scaly, thickened skin, usually on the lower legs of draft horses with heavy feathering, although any horse can be affected. In more serious cases the skin may be rubbed raw and show signs of secondary infections. Mange causes itching, and horses will rub, stamp and bite at their legs. In rare cases, mange may appear on other parts of the body.
Causes: Mange is a parasitic infection caused by several species of tiny mites that can barely be seen by the naked eye. The most common form that occurs in horses in the United States is chorioptic mange, caused by the mite Chorioptes equi, which typically affects the lower legs of horses with feathering. Although rare, horses may also develop psoroptic mange (Psoroptes equi), which produces lesions under the mane and tail, under the jaw and in the groin and armpits, and demodectic mange (Demodex equi), over the face, neck and shoulders.
Do I need to treat it? Yes. Not only is mange uncomfortable for the horse, it can cause permanent thickening and scarring of the skin that can impede the movement of the pastern joints.
Protocol: Clipping the legs will help the herbal topical treatments reach the skin but may not be necessary in all cases, especially if the infection is still mild.
Prevention: Mites usually are passed directly from horse to horse, so do not allow your horse to have contact with others at shows or events and quarantine newcomers on your farm, especially if they have visible bald areas that appear to be itchy. Some horses can carry the mites without showing signs of infection and can be a source of recurrence after other horses are treated. If you have an outbreak, it's a good idea to treat all horses who have been in contact with the ones affected and change out all of the stall bedding used by affected horses.
The onset of mange is one that can lead to secondary problems that could be either bacterial or viral in nature. I have found it necessary to make sure that a complete Low Level Red/Blue Light Therapy program is established, along with allowing the horse the opportunity to choose the correct Essential Oils or blends that will complement their the protocol to aid in the elimination of the specific problem. Once that it is established through the input of the horse, treat accordingly. After all of the necessary treatments have been administered correctly use the appropriate herbal based salve in between and after the Red/Blue Light Therapy Protocol sessions.
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