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    04-10-2012, 03:13 PM
As far as them being birdcatcher spots - they arent white, they're just a light tan. Does that matter?
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    04-10-2012, 07:24 PM
Are they only on her back/top?
    04-10-2012, 08:33 PM
Oh, I hate to say this.... but my trainer has a AQHA filly yearling that is shedding in the exact same way. But she has ringworm. Hope that's not the case for your pretty girl!
    04-10-2012, 09:27 PM
Sunnydraco - your paint sounds like he had a "gold spot" - a gold spot of hair, really literal lol.
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    04-11-2012, 12:26 AM
Yes, the spots are only along her topline and slightly behind the wither.

Its not ringworm. I am a veterinary technician and I've seen plenty of ringworm, so I feel comfortable saying im sure that's not what it is.
    04-11-2012, 10:05 AM
You certainly know the history of the horse better than I, but if the horse were totally strange with an unknown history, I would guess she had rain rot at one time and the spots were the regrowth hair - which is why I asked if the spots were only on top...
    04-11-2012, 03:44 PM
Faceman, that is possible. I've only had her since February. Her winter coat was very dense and I imagine an excellent environment for rain rot. I've never had a horse that got rain rot before, so it didnt even cross my mind.

Im guessing if that's the case the spots will go away once she sheds out again...?
    04-11-2012, 04:06 PM
Not if it is scaring from rain rot... It is more than likely a part of her coat now. Slim possibility it will slowly disappear over time, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
    04-11-2012, 04:20 PM
Green Broke
rain rot at one time and the spots were the regrowth hair
I'm super curious about this. My barn owner had a thoroughbred stallion that had a couple good sized gold spots on him, he was a nice red chesnut. I didn't know if it was scarring or what, but he had one colt out of a bay mare. The colt is also chesnut, with random gold spots and a dark spot on his forehead above his star We joke he was trying to be an appaloosa, but I have no idea what its from.
    04-11-2012, 04:33 PM
Green Broke
Maybe wait until she is totally shed out. Hunter gets spots like that when he is shedding but then seems to be all golden when finished. Although if she is sooty then more apt to have dapples.

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