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    07-11-2011, 06:08 PM
3yr old shedding unevenly

My 3 yr old filly is shedding out her winter coat unevenly... she has she out nicely on her neck, chest, and legs. She has shed out some of the hair on her back, hind end, and belly but the hair is still longer than the hair where she has completely shed out. Is his normal? Does she have worms? I gave her an equimax wormer on june 16. Any ideas? Suggestions on how to help her coat?
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    07-11-2011, 06:12 PM
My first thoughts are either worms, Insulin Resistance, or Cushings. Since it's the middle of July, it might be time to put a call in to the vet to see if they can figure out what's going on.
    07-11-2011, 06:29 PM
MY MARE SHEDS OUT VERY WEIRD so I would not send of any alarms with it I mean yes it could be something else but if everything else seems to be normal then I would not worry but then again it is so late in the year I do not understand why she would still be shedding. Mine have been fully shed out for some months now but then again I do live in middle GA
    07-11-2011, 06:36 PM
Also a photo may help :)
    07-11-2011, 07:02 PM
I will try to get a photo up today... she just turned 3 in march, isn't she too young for cushings? Also she was rather underweight when I got her, she is slowly gaining which makes me think worms. She seems over all very happy and active, no obvious health issues other than being underweight.
    07-11-2011, 07:17 PM
Cushings is generally understood as a disease of the older horse but it isn't unheard of for a young one to end up with it.

Malnutrition could be a very big part of it if she was poorly cared for at her previous home and is just now starting to bounce back.
    07-11-2011, 07:34 PM
The first pic is a couple of days after I brought her home... i've had her about a month now. The other 3 are showing how she is shedding, sorry the picture quality is poor they are from my phone

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    07-11-2011, 07:45 PM
That kinda says "wormy" to me, even her summer coat where she's shed off is looking a bit drab. She is looking a ton better than she did but you might consider having a fecal test run on her. There are some worms that are resistant to some de-wormers so even though she was done a month ago, she may still be wormy.
    07-11-2011, 09:23 PM

Def would not hurt to do one of those power pack things and make sure she is all clear also a skin and coat supplements may help most weight builder supplements have skin and coat enhancements in them so one she starts putting more weight on she will transform into a beauty!

She is a very cute horse by the way, it is a shame what some people allow horses to become.
    07-12-2011, 12:19 AM
I'm not a vet but I have a horse with Cushings, your horse looks nothing like him, he stays really furry without his meds. However, my QH sheds out slower than the others and it is uneven. He generally takes all summer to shed and then by Sept is putting his winter coat on again. I can curry him till the moon is blue and he still sheds. I live in an area where the nights a in the 40's year around tho, so that could be why mine are like that. Her coat looks dull, might be wormy still. Give her some Vites and Omegas.

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