Hives & Skin Allergies


Infographic: Sweet Itch in Horses

October 20, 2016

Do you have an itchy horse? Learn more about insect bite hypersensitivity with our visual guide!... Read More


Inbred Horses Help Scientists Identify IBH Gene Locations

August 11, 2016

Researchers studied a group of related Exmoor ponies to find the chromosomes that could carry IBH-related genes.... Read More


Equine Skin Issues: Scratching the Surface

July 12, 2016

What's causing the hives, hair loss, and scabs on your horse's body?... Read More


Helping an Easy Keeper Breathe Easy

May 25, 2016

My older horse has respiratory allergies. Is there anything I can do to help him breathe easier while wearing a muzzle?... Read More


10 Equine Skin Problem Resources on

March 31, 2016

Learn about a variety of skin issues and prepare to battle tricky-to-treat conditions with these free resources.... Read More


Researchers Break Down Horses' IBH Reactions

March 11, 2016

Some horses respond to insect bites with inflammation and itching; others react with cellular-level defense mechanisms.... Read More


Morris Animal Foundation Funds 16 Horse Health Studies

January 20, 2016

The studies funded cover equine health challenges including infectious diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and more. ... Read More

To diagnose navicular syndrome, veterinarians rely on the horse's history and a complete physical and lameness exam. Here, a horse is longed in a small circle to check his gait for abnormalities.


The Horse's Top Slideshows of 2015

December 28, 2015

Topics included navicular syndrome, equitation science, feeder and waterer options, rescue horses, and more.... Read More


Atopic Dermatitis in Horses

July 21, 2015

Learn how to treat this skin condition in show horses without inadvertently breaking drug rules.... Read More

Damage caused by an ill-fitting saddle pad.


Skin Issues That Affect Saddle Fit

May 27, 2015

Some sores, injuries, and infections can make saddling a painful process for your horse. Here's what to watch for.... Read More


Equine Food Allergy Testing Evaluated

March 01, 2015

Researchers recently determined that some standard laboratory and commercial allergy tests for horses are not reliable.... Read More


When the Body Attacks

February 20, 2015

Lumps, bumps, coughs, wheals, and wheezes: a basic overview of equine allergies. ... Read More


Texas Horses Dead after being Swarmed by Bees

June 19, 2014

An official said the horses likely received thousands of stings; both animals were euthanized at the scene.... Read More


Infographic: Equine Allergies

May 15, 2014

Learn more about allergic reactions in horses with this step-by-step visual guide. ... Read More


Equine Pastern Vasculitis Still Puzzling Researchers

March 27, 2014

Despite intense research, scientists haven't uncovered anything reassuring about pastern vasculitis.... Read More


The Top Horse Health Multimedia Content of 2013

January 03, 2014

Which were the most accessed videos, slideshows, reports, and podcasts in 2013? Here's a list of the top 10. ... Read More


Protect Your Horse from Midges with a Sweet Itch Blanket

August 29, 2013

These special blankets keep bugs off your horse and prevent a frustrating skin condition. A Q&A.... Read More


Researchers Developing Immunotherapeutic IBH Treatment

May 03, 2013

Veterinarians might soon have a new "tool" to help treat equine insect bite hypersensitivity: clones.... Read More


Post-Body Clipping Hives

June 01, 2012

Can clipping horses' body hair off for the winter cause hives? And are there any remedies?... Read More


Ask the Vet LIVE: Common Equine Skin Conditions

May 07, 2012

Veterinarians will answer your questions on common equine skin conditions live on May 17 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.... Read More

Hosing your horse off with cold water is a good way to help them stay cool in the hot summer months.


Seasonal Skin Conditions Part 1: Spring Skin Woes

May 01, 2012

Horses are at risk for season-related skin problems stemming from insects, allergies, and bacteria.... Read More


Allergic Dermatitis in Horses: A Review

April 13, 2012

Allergic dermatitis--inflammation of the skin caused by an irritating stimulus--is both common and treatable.... Read More


A Hivey Horse

July 18, 2011

My 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare has suddenly started developing hives/welts over the last few months.... Read More


Dermatitis in Horses: Allergic and Infectious

May 26, 2011

Dermatitis--simply, skin inflammation--is relatively common in horses, whether its cause is an allergic ... Read More


Summer Equine Dermatitis

May 08, 2011

Sweet itch is one of several seasonal allergies that a horse might encounter.... Read More