Chronic Equine Skin Issues

We love our horses, at the end of the day we just want them to be comfortable, happy, and healthy. Battling chronic equine skin conditions can be a long, stressful, painful process, for us and our horse.
COAT DEFENSE® is out to change the way we go about treating these skin problems, and has created something new for the equine community that can actually help us prevent them in the first place.

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Emily Schwartz
Bug Bites on Horses

Mosquitos. Horse flies. No-see-ums. Midges. All these little critters eating our horses alive, leaving tender welts, lumps, bumps, and swelling. These little flying demons making them itch like mad, running themselves into a frenzied sweat, and rubbing themselves raw just trying to get some relief.

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How to Treat Bald Spots on Horses, with COAT DEFENSE®!

Bald spots on horses can be a real pain, and leave skin open to damage. Protect and treat your horse with COAT DEFENSE®!

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What can COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE help treat?

 Tired of multiple products for multiple problems? We can help. Hot spots. Mud Fever. Summer Sores. Scratches. Cellulitis. Open sores. Proud Flesh. Wound Care.

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How to Treat Rain Rot in Winter

Rain rot comes from a bacterium, dermatophilus congolensis. This bacteria is in a family called actinomycetes, these little things act like both bacteria and fungi. Horses naturally have these organisms on their skin; they lay dormant until wet conditions cause it to flare-up. But how does a horse owner deal with this problem during the winter?

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What Can COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER do for YOU?

Need help drying sweaty horses? Bathing in the cold? Want to treat rain rot or scratches? Prevent boot rubs, girth galls, blanket or tack rubs? COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER is the one product that can both PREVENT and TREAT common equine skin conditions!

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How To Treat Mud Fever In Horses

Mud fever is a catchall phrase for a variety of skin issues that arise in damp, muddy conditions. Rain rot shares the same characteristics, just typically on the back, withers or neck. The same bacterium, dermatophilus congolensis, causes both conditions, along with many others.  

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How to Treat Scratches in Horses

Scratches in horses are a common skin ailment, the bacterium, dermatophilus congolensis, causes this condition, along with many others like mud fever, greasy heel, funk, gunk, cannon crud and rain rot. Whatever you call it, it’s all about environmental conditions, our culprit being muddy, moist, wet, humid, damp or dirty footing. This bacterium, in a family called actinomycetes, behave like both bacteria and fungi. Horses naturally have these organisms on their skin; they lay dormant until environmental conditions cause them to flare-up.

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Drying A Sweaty Horse in Cold Weather

The cold weather is officially here for most of the U.S. With it, the challenge of riding only becomes that much more difficult. Whether it’s the frozen fingers, unbearable chill in the arena or picking the ice balls from you horse’s feet, it’s a time most equestrians dread.

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How to Treat Sweet Itch, Summer Sores and Bug Bites in Horses

While the sunshine and lack of snow or rain is great, it brings one major problem in a tiny package. Bugs. Deer flies. Gnats. Horse flies. Mosquitos. Midges. Blackflies. Fleas. Ticks. So. Many. Bugs. Not only are they irritating to keep away, but can cause serious skin issues in horses that have sensitive skin or are prone to breaking out. This can be a real headache for horse owners to deal with, especially when we’re spending our money on expensive fly spray, fly sheets and other bug deterrents.

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How to Treat Hair Loss in Horses

If you have narrowed down the cause of your horse losing hair to be an external issue, you’re probably wondering how the heck to regrow a horse’s hair. A quick search on “how to treat bald spots on horses” will reveal anything from using coconut oil to calling your vet right away. What’s a horse owner to do for their equine friend?

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How to Treat Summer Sores in Horses

COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE helps treat summer sores by drying and drawing the moisture the larvae feeds on, starving it of the food source.

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How to Prevent & Treat Boot Rubs on Horses

If you show horses, it’s likely you use horse boots. Sports medicine boots, bell boots, splint boots, polo wraps, skid boots, shipping boots, you name it, most equestrians have used it. A lot of horses have no problem with wearing these, simple as putting them on, riding and giving them a quick brush off when you finish. Other horses, however, don’t have it that easy.

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Can You Prevent Scratches, Girth Galls, Boot Rubs, etc.?

Horse owners often find themselves exhausted as they try to keep their horse safe and healthy, wrapping them in proverbial bubble wrap. Non-horse people see horses as large, powerful animals, decked out in the armor of the dark ages like impenetrable beasts. Oh, but how far from the truth this mythological stereotype is. The truth is, they are made of glass. Hairy, hungry, attitude infused glass.

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How to Treat & Prevent Scratches in Horses

You bring your horse in from the pasture, grab your groom box and start brushing away. You work your way down to their muddy legs and begin to remove all the dirt when you notice little scabs flaking off, along with tufts of hair. A heavy sigh, an eye roll and one thought, “Great, scratches.”

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