Prepare for Mud Season with Equine Skin Health Advice from Arenus Animal Health

Importance of maintaining horse skin health.
Importance of maintaining horse skin health. Shutterstock

Newsdate: May 15, 2018, 10:30 am
Location: FORT COLLINS, Colorado

Mud season can take a toll on coats and hooves. A healthy, shiny coat, while not the most important factor when showing or competing, will always catch the judges' eyes. It is also a sign of good equine health in the largest, most visible organ - the skin. Skin health is sometimes overlooked; however, it is clear when things are not going well. Bumps, irritation, swelling, rashes and infections are all signs of compromised equine skin health.

Preventing and treating common skin conditions in horses.

Preventing and treating common skin conditions in horses

Good nutrition, exercise, sunlight and high-quality supplements can make a world of difference for your horse's skin health.
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Luckily, there are many ways to help prevent and treat common skin conditions in your horse. Support your horse's best skin and coat with these suggestions from Arenus Animal Health. Learn the basics of good skin health, and our suggestions for keeping your horses' skin in tip-top shape.

We all know healthy skin and therefore a healthy coat starts from within. Horses with gleaming coats tend to consume balanced diets and have lifestyles that promote a healthy skin and coat. A balanced diet rich in omega fatty acids such as flaxseed, linseed, or salmon oil can help promote that healthy shine from inside out. Outdoor exercise with exposure to the sun for vitamin D is important along with regular grooming. A few factors that can negatively impact skin health include: excess stress, competitions, frequent clippings and a lack of grooming.

Digestive health and poor nutrition are other factors to consider. Proper digestion can help support a gleaming coat. If your horse struggles with a poor coat and digestion, consider a high-quality digestive aid, such as Assure Guard Gold, along with looking into the quality of your horses' feed.

Good nutrition, exercise, sunlight and high-quality supplements can make a world of difference for your horse's skin health. That said, regular grooming and quality skincare topicals are equally essential. Harsh topical products that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can strip the skin, leaving it dry and dull. Sore No-More Massage Shampoo is SLS-free, and contains gentle cleansing agents, coconut oil and essential oils for even the most sensitive skinned horse (or dog!).

Performance horses need extra care when it comes to their skin. The stress of heavy workouts, plus show grooming practices like clipping, daily washing, irritating topicals and excessive brushing can make these horses extra prone to skin issues.

Practice gentle but routine grooming for your performance horse and be sure to use products that are formulated without harsh irritants. For those that enjoy applying topicals after a tough workout or stressful showing, the Arenus Animal Health Sore No-More Performance Ultra topical line offers unbeatable pain and inflammation relief without harsh, drying irritants like menthol.

Learn more about the full line of Arenus Animal Health products by visiting Currently, site visitors can enjoy a free 8 oz. of Sore No-More Liniment when they purchase select Benefab by Sore No-More products. Visit to place your risk-free order today.

About Arenus Animal Health

Arenus Animal Health has been a leader in the animal health products industry since 2007. Arenus Animal Health offers health solutions for companion animals as well as competitive animal athletes. Arenus Animal Health’s nutraceutical line offers complete digestive solutions to horses as well as total joint health for horses and dogs. Arenus Animal Health also offers a complete line of herbal health solutions for both companion and competitive animals. For more information on Arenus Animal Health, visit

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