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Tip of the Day: Sweet-itch & my two-part ‘cure’

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It works. It really really does.

One of my homebreds, Daisy, gets sweetitch. If you’ve ever had a pony or horse with it, you’ll know what a misery it can be for them, and how grim the ensuing scrubbed-bald tail and mane are.

I now have a two-pronged attack. Firstly, Daisy lives in a Rambo Sweetitch Hoody from Spring till Autumn. If it’s cold she has a turnout rug over the top. I tried a cheaper fly rug, made of a nice shiny silver mesh fabric, and she trashed it in 3 weeks. I didn’t want to splash out on a Boett (although I hear they are amazing) so the Hoodie was the next venture. It is great, and is now entering its 3rd or 4th year. Worth every penny.

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Magic Potion.

Secondly, Carr and Day and Martin’s Killitch. I believe they are so confident of this stuff’s efficacy that they offer a money-back guarantee. Anyway, it’s absolutely magic. I smear her mane and tail with it every couple of weeks, and after every event (her mane and tail are washed pre-event, as I don’t like the shiny/greasy look it gives if we’re going out in public, but it’s fine for at home!) and I smear it along her tummy stripe and at the tops of her back legs (other places she gets bitten a lot) a few times a week. That’s it. One happy, non-scratchy horse, with a lovely full mane and tail, and the midges don’t get a look-in. Result!

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