I have treated Kobi’s allergies diligently since he came into my life 6, 7 or is it 8 years ago now (time flies when you own a horse)! And I just found out that he may not even have allergies to gnats, or anything else for that matter.
According Jack Grogan (from Uckele) most, if not all, Kobi’s issues stem from metabolic dysfunction which manifests itself as inflammation. I don’t understand all the technical ‘whys’, but it starts with his blood sugar crashing and then his internal response to bring it back up. It’s my understanding that horses go through this 4 to 5 times a day, regulating their blood sugar levels, Kobi does it 18 to 20 times a day. His body’s response to all of the internal stress is inflammation and since his body isn’t back to ‘normal’ before the cycle starts again, his metabolism is getting further and further behind actually escalating his inflammation.
Makes sense that nothing I’ve tried for skin/allergies has worked. It also makes sense that Kobi’s been getting random swollen spots (his sheath, his back legs, and he’s getting fat as a tick on minimal food).
So, the new game plan: No wheat or wheat by products (meaning no grain or grain based treats). He can still enjoy beet pulp and we can introduce rice bran, flax bran and things of that nature. He can still eat hay and grass. He will also be starting on ANOTHER supplement program to help regulate his internal systems and if I don’t see a turn around in 4-6 weeks, I’ll add another.
In six months we’ll have another Hair Mineral Analysis and hopefully his levels will be closer to normal and I can modify the plan from there.
It does make me think…every owner of a wild caught mustang that I’ve talked with mentions their horses have extreme allergies…maybe they aren’t allergies anymore, but us humans trying to conform their ‘wild’ bodies to a domesticated feeding pattern. Hmmm.
I think I do need a support group!