BEFORE USING: Double Patch Test
First choose an area on your horse where the skin is normal (on the body, not on the legs). Apply a small amount of ointment and observe over 24 hours. If there is any sign of reaction (ie redness, irritation or swelling), avoid using any more of the ointment, and contact us regarding a refund of the product price. The skin will return to normal in a couple of days. If after 24 hours there is no sign of a reaction, REPEAT the test, and check after 12 – 24 hours. After this time it is safe to use on any sores.
- Use for any sores, scabs and or weeping areas.
- Aromaheel is usually suitable for any horse, but if you have a particularly sensitive horse, or a horse allergic to tea tree oil, please test a small amount on an unaffected area first on the body (not the legs). The manufacturer always recommends the DOUBLE PATCH TEST as described above.
- Initially, gently clean affected areas, and apply the Aromaheel once or twice a day. For future applications, either wipe away any excess first, or apply more ointment over the top.
- If crusty scabs are present, it is very important to completely cover the scabs with the ointment, including around the edges. The scabs must come off so the ointment can reach the skin and bacteria underneath, but avoid trying to pick them off (as this can be painful), they should gently wipe off after a few days. If you have any problems removing the scabs, please see additional info below or contact us for advice. Whilst the scabs are still present, the problem could potentially worsen, particularly if your horses immune system is compromised.
- After the scabs have come off, keep applying plenty of ointment for a couple of days until the weeping stops, to prevent the scabs reforming.
- Once the weeping has stopped, gently rub the ointment into the sore skin (providing it is not painful for your horse), then apply an additional layer of ointment for protection, until hair regrowth has occurred.
- Avoid over washing, as this may encourage spread, and only wash if absolutely necessary. If you do need to occasionally wash, use a gentle (preferably antibacterial) shampoo, and ensure that the skin is dry, before reapplying the Aromaheel.
- Aromaheel is a thick ointment, which keeps the skin supple, and provides an effective barrier against the wet and mud, which means that your horse does not need to be kept in, and can continue to be turned out if required.
- Aromaheel is designed to be used without the need for bandaging, however if for any reason you need to bandage, please ensure that the hair and skin underneath is kept completely dry.
- If the problem persists or worsens, or there are any signs of swelling or lameness, please seek the advice of your veterinarian, as your horse may require veterinary treatment.
Extra Tips for Removing Difficult Scabs
Scabs that have been present for a while can sometimes be extra stubborn to remove.
In very cold weather if possible keep the ointment warm, so that it sticks to the scabs better when applied. Preferably keep the jar indoors, or alternatively knead the ointment in your fingers before applying.
If your horse will let you, gently massage a small amount of ointment into the scabs before applying a thick layer over the top, and around the edges.
Tips to help prevent spread
Whilst treating the scabs, you may want to protect the rest of the legs with a barrier product, so that new scabs don’t develop in other areas. The bacteria will try and penetrate any vulnerable skin eg. from injury, soreness or chapping.
When brushing your horses’ legs, be extremely gentle and avoid brushing from affected to unaffected areas, and avoid sharing grooming equipment with other horses.
Dispose of the scabs carefully.