The horse's skin is incredibly sensitive - look at the way they flinch when a fly lands on them.
Shampoos, fly repellents, midges, toxic pollens (buttercups), mud, bacteria and poor health can all be irritants to the skin and cause an abundance of intense conditions that affect thousands of equines.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, so the question becomes more about what gives our horses good quality skin, and what wreaks havoc to create poor skin? It's all too easy to slap on topical creams and steroids, or feed antibiotics in the hope that these will fix the 'problem', but these tend to bury the problem, while further adding more chemical toxins into an already overburdened system.
Skin health goes much deeper than this. Gut imbalances, food intolerances and nutrient deficiencies all contribute to the health of whole body, and present outwardly on the skin.
As the saying goes, 'Beauty comes from within'. Skin and coat problems are a sign of something else going on in the body. Dry scaly patches, for instance, could signal that there's excess insulin in the body; dry skin could signify low thyroid function; itchy skin could be a sign of food allergies. Inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids and trans fats (most supermarket oils) also contribute to poor skin. Inflammation can trigger everything from mild skin irritation to brain fog, aggression, anxiety and more.
The way to healthy skin is not about what you put on the body, but what you put in the body.
~ Coat & Skin Cont'd, and supporting herb information
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