I love the warmer weather because the grass is growing and I have the lush grass buffet, but the bugs started to come back.
I don’t love that.
Mom says I have something called “Sweet Itch” and it’s everything but sweet…let me tell you.
I’M SO ITCHY!!!!!
I’ve been this way as long as I can remember. My last mom tried to help but not even steroids worked.
Mom’s tried antihistimines, swat, fly sheets, bug spray, and everything else. Nothing works.
The good news is the fly predators are working so there aren’t a lot of flies…but it’s the gnats that really bother me. I get itchy, mom tries like hell to stop me rubbing myself raw but by July I will probably rub my tail and mane off again unless we figure out a better solution.
Mom got our shade curtains up early this year and that doe help a bit. She even bought a fan to help blow the gnats away from me, but it only helps when I’m inside…and I want my grass!
Mom also applies fly spray and swat twice a day (they should really make bigger swat tubs), gives us feed through bug repellant, and of course fly masks, boots, and sheets. I also get Zyrtec every morning. New this year my mom is trying Brewer’s yeast (and it that doesn’t help she said something about spirulina next).
Many experience horse-people that have known me and other horses with sweet itch say that I am one of the most severe they’ve known. I just get so so itchy! But I know my momma loves me and is trying to find whatever works to keep me comfortable.
If you have had any success with sweet itch I’m sure my momma will love to hear your story!