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post #1 of 22 Old 09-16-2011, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Talking New random white spots - I.e. How special is my horsie??

I'm bored and can't ride Soda right now, so this thread is the result...

About 2 (give or take) years ago Soda showed up with a white spot right in his girth region. It's about the size of a half dollar and was not the result of any injury.

This is the girth spot. Since it has appeared it has not changed size or disappeared. I circled it on the pic because he is so light in that area it is hard to see. Around the same time a small (about pencil eraser sized) spot appeared on his butt. It has stayed too.

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Now in the last month he's shown up with 8-10 new small white spots. They're all about the size of a pencil eraser. I know the pics aren't the best (he is really dusty right now and the light was terrible), but here are some examples:

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There are others, but the pics didn't turn out at all.

Any idea what could cause this? I thought maybe scars from bug bites, but none of these are where he got a noticeable bite.. It's not a big deal.. But as I said I can't ride him right now and I'm curious... So I find myself doing things like this.
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-16-2011, 11:04 AM
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hahah those pics look like a bambi with not many spots :) cute
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post #3 of 22 Old 09-16-2011, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Maybe that's it... He's trying to convince me that he's actually a deer and I shouldn't be riding him.
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post #4 of 22 Old 09-16-2011, 11:15 AM
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I am going to guess it's the after math of the horrible bugs we had this year.
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post #5 of 22 Old 09-16-2011, 12:11 PM
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Not unusual on some horses, they are called Bird Spots or Birdcatcher Spots. Medically, it's called spotted leukotrichia. No known treatment and it doesn't bother the horse at all.

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Does it just show up later in life? He's 10 now...

Mls, that's what I thought at first, but none of those spots are in areas where he was badly bug bit (beyond mostquitos).
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It can show up any time and it may stop or they may continue.

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When ideas he title I thought ill fitting saddle, but after seeing the pictures the birdcatcher spots make more sense.
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post #9 of 22 Old 09-22-2011, 08:43 PM
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Does his dorsal actually have a lighter stripe down the middle or is that just the picture?
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post #10 of 22 Old 09-22-2011, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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It does actually split or have a lighter stripe down the middle. I should get a better pic of it sometime.

Since I've posted this he has developed probably 10-15 more spots. Weird horse.. If he wasn't healthy (beyond the never ending abscess) I'd be worried about him..
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