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Rid Your Horse of a Dry, Itchy Coat

October 28, 2013

Rule out parasites as the cause of your horse’s dry coat and itchiness and learn to supplement for improved coat condition.


I have a mare with anhydrous, which I am treating with a product with success, but I am still dealing with a dry coat and itching. I use a coat conditioning supplement in her feed but still struggle. Any suggestions?

For the answer, we sought advice from the American Association of Equine Practitioners.


The product you’re using contains electrolytes, vitamins and amino acids, so an additional supplement of omega-3 is safe and will improve coat condition. A 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed (for a 1,000-pound horse) fed once a day alone or with the regular feed ration is helpful.

Having trouble finding the magic feed ration for your horse? Overfeeding can be as harmful as underfeeding horses. Learn some of the components that horses can suffer from in AQHA’s “Chubby Horses” FREE report.

Poor coats could also be from parasites. To rule this out, go over your deworming schedule with your veterinarian. Make sure that you are not leaning too heavily on fecal tests, which miss tapeworms, bots and encysted strongyles.

Also, the addition of a ration balancer with about 30 percentĀ protein helps skin, which is mostly protein.

— Dr. Frank Reilly in conjunction with AQHA Alliance PartnerAmerican Association of Equine Practitioners.

*AQHA and the provider of this information are not liable for the inherent risks of equine activities. We always recommend consulting a qualified veterinarian and/or an AQHA Professional Horseman.