Itchy skin is common in horses

There are a range of issue that can cause itching in horses. Common issues include mange, lice infestation, allergies and pinworms. The severity of the itching can vary from mild to severe. Some horse can injure themselves trying to get relief from the itchiness. Identifying the issue causing the itching will help you choose the best treatment in each case.


Two types of mange affect horses.They are sarcoptic and psoroptic. Both types can spread throughout the entire herd. Signs of mange can be mild to severe itching. In addition lop-eared attitude and violent head shaking. Mange is usually treated with a topical solution. However ivermectin for horses  can be equally effective.

Worms are a common problem amongst weanlings.
Equine pinworms can cause severe itching around the horse's anal area

Lice infestation

The clinical term for lice infestation is known as pediculosis. Furthermore the condition is more prevalent during the winters months when the horse's coat is thicker. Treating pediculosis is the same as treating mange.

Food sensitivity and allergies

Many things can cause an allergic reaction consequently leading to itching. From  high protien food to environmental allergens including insects. The climate and season have a bearing on the insect life that can annoy your horse.

Pinworm infestation

Equine pinworms can cause severe itching around the horse's anal area. Pinworm infestation can be attributed to poor hygiene practices. This infestation is more common among stabled horses. Adult pinworms reside in the colon and cecum. The pregnant female crawls out of the rectum and deposits her eggs around the anus.The cluster of eggs causes itching consequently tail rubbing. Constant rubbing will result in hair loss at the tail base. A proper horse worming program is what it takes to fight off pinworms.

Remember to always consult your vet for advice before an itching problem causes injury to the horse.