Fistulous Withers

DESCRIPTION: A fistula is an abnormal passage that leads from an infection within the horse’s body to the outside of the body, in the case of fistulous withers, the outside of the horse’s withers. Fistulous withers is a chronic inflammatory disease of the bursa, the sac-like container of lubricating fluid near the spine of the horse, caused by either infection, […]

Cannon Bone Scurf / Keratosis / Crud

                                DESCRIPTION: How sweet it is to give your horse an awesome grooming, step back and see the visual fruits of your labor. A glowing coat and silky mane and tail is a wondrous thing to behold. Your elbow grease […]

Rain Rot or Rain Scald

                     DESCRIPTION: The organism dermatophilus congolensis causes rain rot. Dermatophilus congolensis is not a fungus. It is an actinomycetes, which behaves like both bacteria and fungi. A horse who has this organism on his skin may or may not develop a case of rain rot. The […]

Sweet Itch / Tail & Mane Itching

                        DESCRIPTION: Also known as Queensland Itch, Sweet Itch, Muck itch, Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis, Summer Itch or Culicoides Hypersensitivity. Who can rest easy when you see your horse being used as a mobile food cart and driven to the brink of insanity by the […]

Equiderma’s Sparkling February Fan of the Month Q&A

Hi Sparkles! We are so happy and elated that you are such an amazing part of the Equiderma community. You were an easy pick for Equiderma’s first “Fan of the Month”. We love your love for your horses and Equiderma! Can you tell us about them? Sparkles:  I could go on and on about the […]

Beneath a Ruin Lies a Treasure – The Story of Promise

My red headed sass-master mare Promise bucked hard twice on our ride yesterday – I was so proud of her. As we rounded a bend in the road a curious black dog stuck his head out from behind a bush and BAM, she spooked and started bucking… In most circles this would seem like a […]

4 Easy Ways To Make Your Horse Miserable

Ordinarily in this blog I share ideas for understanding your horse better in order to influence him more effectively. This can make the experience of riding and training more enjoyable for both of you. But if you’re dead set on simply making your horse unhappy, here are four sure ways to go about it (please […]

My Own Personal Secrets for Treating Winter Rain Rot

Winter Rain Rot brings with it a unique and frustrating challenge for horse owners.  In many parts of the United States, it is simply too cold to shampoo your horse. Your horse most especially doesn’t want to be turned into a popsicle. Occasionally I get a new rescue horse in that suffers from winter rain rot. If […]