With the sensitive skin of her breed (Andalusian), Star can tend to suffer from skin irritations and fungal infections very easily.
It is important that we keep her and her tack clean and be vigilant about quickly treating anything that gets started.
We’re in the midst of some heat related late summer facial fungal thing that requires constant careful face washing and treatment.
Star is not enthusiastic about face washing:
“Oh, the indignity! I thought you loved me, mom. Apparently not. This is HORRID. You will have to make this up to me with carrots. Lots of carrots. ICK!!! It’s cold and wet.”
After washing daily with a clean washcloth and water, I apply a product with tea tree oil to fight the fungus. This isn’t the exact product, but it is similar: https://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=0d3a67de-c330-43ac-860e-98e0681b63d6
It’s a constant battle and the best cure is prevention: watching to be sure all tack, halters, and blankets are clean and fit properly so that there are no rubs. I’ve learned from experience that fine hair on Andalusians rubs very easily and then you have an entry point for the fungus to start.
Here’s to a beautiful coat and no more fungus!!!
Star just in from turnout with a dusty face and looking like she has mule ears (she doesn’t) …but still so cute!