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Marianne Irving
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Username: seimei

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Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 - 12:50 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My 6 year old haflinger cross gelding has hives. He has had them for a couple of weeks. The only thing that has changed (that I know ) in his environment is the hay. I bought a load from a feed store that had a special running on a grass alfalfa mix. I have bought this before. This time though....the hay was very stemmy and these horrid stickers in it. Due to budget constraints....I can't just throw it away. I bought 75 bales!!! Some of it is pretty nice but alot of it has these painful stickers. Do you think that my gelding is reacting to the plant that's in the hay? The other horses seem fine. He has a winter coat so the hives were not noticeable at first....then as I was petting and grooming him I noticed that he had these bumps everywhere. Should I isolate him and feed a different feed to see? Anybody have this happen to them?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 17725
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 - 7:29 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Welcome Marianne,
We have an article on hives that addresses many of your questions and you will find it at, Diseases of Horses » Skin Diseases, Wounds, and Swellings » Bumps / Nodules / Warts / Tumors » Hives, Wheals, and Urticaria in Horses. One things occurs to me though could these be dermatophilus bumps? For more see, Diseases of Horses » Skin Diseases, Wounds, and Swellings » Hair and Coat Problems / Itching / Irritated Skin » Rain Rot and Rain Scald: Dermatophilus.
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