View Full Version : Horse with what looks like hives, how should I treat it?

28-10-10, 09:17 AM
Here's a pic of my horses neck. He's got what looks like hives to me. He's had them for 2 weeks but I kept thinking they'd gone because they'd dissipate and then flare up again (like today). Can anyone suggest a treatment? Is there an antihistamine that might help?


Miniature Lover
28-10-10, 09:23 AM
He might be rubbing on a tree? thats all I can think of...as to treat it im not sure.

28-10-10, 10:27 AM
hmmm they wouldnt usually be around that long or they would be increasing in size, spread and intensity...

ML might be right...whats it feel like to touch... any bubbling sound? any heat?

28-10-10, 10:30 AM
Yeah maybe he is rubbing on something that's giving him a reaction. I might stick a tight hood on him and see if stopping the exposure to the sap or whatever might stop the bumps. Thanks

Bad Bones
28-10-10, 10:39 AM
Predi granules to deal with allergy.
Protective clothing & remove from current paddock while you try to find culprit.


28-10-10, 10:42 AM
If he still has hives even in the tight hood it could be a food allergene as well?? A friends old shetland used to have this problem and he usually also had a fever with the hives. Have you changed feeds recently?

Another thing is hives usually take 12 or so hours to appear after exposer to the trigger so maybe that might help narrow down some possible causes =)

28-10-10, 10:53 AM
Probably an allergic reaction to a bite (insect) and the best course of action is probably some antihistamines from the vets.

28-10-10, 11:15 AM
I did buy a bag of Copra 2 weeks ago. Is this how feed allergies manifest though?

28-10-10, 11:25 AM
Cbrown just did a little google research -> http://www.horses-and-horse-information.com/articles/0395allergy.shtml

This has some information about allergies in horses. It is an american article.

Food allergenes can manifest as skin irritations in horses though.

Just found this one...more recent and bit more info

28-10-10, 11:36 AM
Thanks Megs.

28-10-10, 07:08 PM
My boy gets them at the turn of the season. No idea why or what from but they usually go down after a while