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    Summer, or Sweet, Itch in Horses


    The goal of the treatment is to heal the sore and to prevent “proud flesh”.  This method is different from other treatments which involve procedures and products that work against the growth of healthy tissue. Iv San Bernard treatments promote health and beauty together.

    Some of these include:

    • Use of astringents like betadine and chlorohex rinses and shampoos which take away the vital fluids necessary for healing
    • They involve scrubbing of the tissue which “sandpapers” the skin, taking away the new tissue growth as it occurs.
    • Keeping it wrapped which often starves the area for oxygen and can starve the tissue of blood flow depending on the tightness of the bandage.
    • Salves that create barriers that don’t allow moisture into the skin. Often are petroleum base which the body can’t absorb so it delays healing.

    All living things need 4 things for survival:

    -Oxygen  -Water

    -Food  -Protection

    Sebum (fatty acids and oils) contain the last 3.  So if we want to heal the area then we need to replace healthy sebum to restore the skin to health.

    SUGGESTED TREATMENT (ONCE SORES PRESENT) 


    PHASE 1- HEALING THE SORE


    DETOX   WET AREA TO BE DETOXED

    • Purifying mask mixed with purifying shampoo (makes the mask go farther)
    • Mix the product in a 1:3 dilution with plastic bowl and whisk until it is like meringue
    • Apply with sponge or by hand (gloved) to affected areas
    • Wrap area in a plastic bag or warm towel to open pores
    • Leave on for 10 minutes
    • Rinse well

    SHAMPOO

    • Mix mineral crème shampoo and zolfo (half and half) at a 1:3 dilution of water and whisk into a meringue
    • Apply with sponge or hand to affected areas
    • Leave on for 5 minutes
    • Rinse well

    CONDITIONER

    • Mix PH balance conditioner in a 1:3 dilution of water and whisk into a meringue
    • Apply with sponge or hand to affected areas
    • Leave on for 5 minutes
    • Rinse well
    • Blot dry with a clean soft cloth towel

    TRIPLE OIL (EQUAL PARTS OF OZINATED OLIVE OIL, GINKGO OIL, AND OLIGIO ELEMENTS)

    • Mix Triple Oil in a spray bottle. Start out with one to two cap fulls of each until you decide how much you need long term.  Always better to mix fresh for better results.
    • Spray after bathing and conditioning the area
    • Spray affected areas once to twice a day.
    • This is a very light spray!!!! If doesn’t soak in rapidly you used too much.

    SIL PLUS – Provides a barrier for the area by locking in the product

    Apply 1-2 drops (more if a large area) over the top of the wound once triple oil has soaked in

    MINERAL RED SOS DERM GEL FOR SEVERE ITCHING

    Mineral Red SOS  has a natural analgesic that will deaden the area and sooth it with zanthalene, nettle, calendula, chamomile, and menthol. Can be sprayed on directly or sprayed on your hands and applied if the horse reacts adversely to sounds.


    PHASE 2 – HAIR GROWTH OR REGROWTH

    Also great for routine use in growing the mane and tail. To be used when wet sore is gone and hair regrowth is desired


    SHAMPOO

    • Mix Mineral H at a 1:3 dilution of water and whisk into a meringue
    • Apply with sponge or hand to affected areas
    • Leave on for 5 minutes
    • Rinse well

    CONDITIONER

    • Mix PH balance conditioner in a 1:3 dilution of water and whisk into a meringue
    • Apply with sponge or hand to affected areas
    • Leave on for 5 minutes
    • Rinse well
    • Blot dry with a clean soft cloth towel

    SUGGESTIONS:

    • Easiest to put the product on by hand (gloved). If a sponge is used it should never be reused (contaminated).  The cheapest way to use a sponge is to cut them in small pieces for one time uses.
    • Never scrub a wound. Let the product (why the time recommendations) do the work.  If you shorten the time you may compromise the results.  This is a chemical reaction and it needs time to work.
    • Bandage only if totally necessary. If you take away the oxygen you take away healing.  If you do bandage it should be a light breathable wrap to keep clean and to avoid flies.  Try it without first if you are worried about flies an see if you really need it.
    • Do the main treatment 1-2 times a week (until sores are dry and healed ~4-12 weeks) and the Triple Oil and SIL 1-2 times per day.
    • Wet the area before starting the detox.
    • Always mix up less product than you think you need. You can always mix up more until you get a feel for how much you truly need.  Typically, it is a fraction of what you think.  For an area 10 inches in diameter you will probably use less than a quarter tea spoon.
    • When you get ready to bath the area, if it is as bad as the time before> bathe more frequently. The goal here is to get ahead of the problem.  If you are always playing catch up you will never win.

    The goal of all therapies is to get off therapies.  Just make sure the problem has resolved completely before you quit.  It is always easier to go 1-2 times more than to start over.

    This therapy is designed to only be used on affected areas.  It is not recommended for the whole horse unless the rest of the body is showing similar signs.  A routine bath in banana shampoo and conditioner is usually sufficient. If you want to grow hair (especially mane and tail) then use Mineral H shampoo and pH balance conditioner (see Phase 2 instructions).

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