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  Culicoides midge - the culprit
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Severe itching with the top of the horse’s mane and tail likely to be most affected.
Depending on the severity of the Sweet Itch other areas may be affected too ie. forelock, poll, around the eyes, sides of the head and ears, neck, withers and saddle area, loin, mid-line of the belly, udder, sheath and legs. Hair loss, bald skin, flaky dandruff, weeping sores with dried serum forming yellow crusts, lesions, and hard, rigid folds of skin - corrugations - are easily identified features of Sweet Itch.

PICTURES - Spot the Signs.
Look at our pictures - two pages -and you'll spot all these features, and more. Click for Pictures 1. and 2. which have enlargements. Click again to get these.

Itching is confined to the midge/bug season roughly April-October in the UK. But with warmer winters midges may be around virtually all the year in some parts of the country

Other symptoms include:- .
Restlessness, mood changes, impatience.
Tail swishing.
Rubbing hard against posts, fences, stables, trees and hedges.
Excessive grooming with other horses.
Rolling on the ground - see picture.
Biting and chewing the itchy skin.
Secondary skin sores and infections.

Sweet Itch tail (left) and neck (right)

From Redwings Horse Sanctuary - click here
From HorseWorld - click here