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[RC] Itchiness due to sweat accumulation - Ridecamp Guest

Please Reply to: Jenny Powers jmpowers@xxxxxxxxxxx or ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

In response to Dixie's posting on her horse's itchy head due to sweating: there 
was an article several months ago in EQUUS or Endurance News referencing this 
problem. The article stated that sweating releases histamines that cause 
itching. Some horses have nearly intolerable itchiness because of this and 
should be relieved as quickly as possible at vet checks, post work outs, etc. 
The horse should not rub on people as that can be dangerous but the rider 
should rub the horse's face with a rough towel, jelly scrubber, wet cloth or 
brush to provide relief. Horses should not be punished for trying to relieve 
the itching sensation.

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