Sallenders & Mallenders - Mite Spray Combo
Sallenders & Mallenders and Feather Mites seem to go hand in hand in heavily feathered horses. Both condition can present in very similar ways and this can cause confusion for some owners. Both conditions are associated with the lower leg and normally restricted to the area covered with feathers. They are two completely different ailments and as such, need to be treated so. If successful treatment is to be achieved, the correct diagnosis is the most important first step.
Sallenders & Mallenders is typically restricted to a small area directly behind the knee joint and directly in front of the hock joint. This is an over production of Keratin and as it secretes through the skin, thickens and becomes crusty. It is when these scabs form and dry out that the tender raw shin beneath becomes inflamed and sore. It can get to the point where cuts appear and infection can then sets in.
Feather Mites are microscopic tan coloured critters that are almost impossible to see with the naked eye. They live and breed in the warm, moist conditions of heavily feathered horses. They do not travel any further than the feathers so you will not find them in manes or tails for instance. The environment there will not support them. Due to the fact these mites are in a relatively small area on your horse, there is no need to treat the whole horse. Injections are designed to deliver a certain amount of medication to the whole animal including all the areas where it is not needed. Treating Feather Mites in the specific area they live is the most practical solution.
It is quite likely and often common for horses to have both these conditions at the same time. Often Sallenders & Mallenders on its own does not cause a great deal of discomfort or trouble for horses. It is when we see horses with Feather Mites and they start biting and scratching to relieve the itching that we see flare ups of Sallenders & Mallenders. Horse owners often say "his S&M was healing nicely but today they are suddenly raw and bleeding. Why?" Given the location of the S&M, it is almost impossible for a horse to scratch or bit its feathers without aggravating the S&M.