My horse when she comes in from the field is prone to feeling itchy. This is a new development over the past five days. She rubs her backside up against her haynet and will sometimes kick the door with her front hoof to get someone's attention to scratch her withers and will attempt to point at where she would like to be scratched with her head.
Some things to note:
- She does have remnance of rain scald on her back (just a few scabs left to remove.)
- I've recently purchased a new rug for my mare (third one in three months :') ) with a slightly heavier weight (200g)
So far I have two theories:
The rug is too heavy and is causing her to sweat or be hotter than usual and this is causing the rainscald areas to get itchy.
There's nothing wrong but she just wants attention and has found that by kicking the door people will give her that attention whether it be negative (telling her to stop) or positive (petting/scratching etc.)
I will be removing the rug again tonight just to be sure the lining on the inside hasn't been damaged. Previously I have found that the outside material is rip-stop but the inside is not; causing there to be holes on the underneath.