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. All potential irritants to the skin, causing an abundance of intense conditions that affect thousands of equines.
As the saying goes, 'Beauty comes from within'. If your horse has skin problems, it's a sign of something else going on in the body.
The skin is the largest - and most visible! - organ of the body, so understandably it's all too easy to slap on topical creams or oils, inject steroids or feed antibiotics, in the hope that these will fix a skin 'problem'. However, these will simply bury the problem even deeper, 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. However, the big deal is that the skin (and the lungs) rely entirely on the Lymphatic System to drain the toxins and congestion, which are causing the problems, away. Which means, if the lymphatics are clogged or overburdened, the skin will be too.
Think of the lymphatics as the body's drainage canal, with the lymph (the clear fluid) as the canal, draining the impurities into the inbound bloodstream which heads onwards to the kidneys, which filter those toxins out from the blood, draws water from the body into the mix, and shuttles them off and out via the bladder. Without the lymphatic system, kidneys and liver all working together in harmony, the skin's going to have a problem.
The way to healthy skin is about what nutrients we feed into the body, and not about putting anything on the body.
* For Sarcoids, see our page Sarcoidosis