My almost 3yo son is horse mad. Loves to brush my quiet broodmare and has been led around on friends ponies.
Today he went for his 3rd ride on a pony in around 2 months. First time I suspected he got bitten by something as one of his eyes swelled so much that it almost shut, came out in this itchy red rash all over his face (almost like mozzie bites to look at) his asthma and ecsema also went hay wire. 2nd time- his ecsema flaired up. Today, his 3rd ride, he came home with much the same as his first ride but not quite as extreme.
I am fairly sure now that it is a horse hair allergy. I am not sure whether given that he has both ecsema and asthma that it is wise to let him come out to my ponies but he loves coming out and patting his favourite pony "Rita". He has never had an allergic reaction to my ponies, however I don't like my ponies to go more than a month without having a bath as I hate the smell of dirty horse. Maybe this keeps them cleaner????
Has anyone else been in a similar situation? What did/would you do? I intend on a visit to the Dr on Monday to discuss getting a scratch test done as he has other allergies too.
And just because I can- Thomas brushing my feral broodmare Rita
who he thinks belongs to him