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post #1 of 6 Old 08-27-2009, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Bald patch in mane aargh!!!

Well I have a 23 yr old tb mare, who's mane is half way down her neck from half way up her neck to her poll.

But....
Between her withers and half way up her neck there is practically NOTHING. And it looks horrible!!!
It wasn't too bad at the start of winter, but we are coming to the end now and I was getting knots out with my fingers and there was big clumps of hair coming out. It was heartbreaking to be honest because her mane was so lovely and long and thick before this.
I thought her neck rug might have been rubbing on it, it's detachable so I took it off, hoping it might get a little better, boy was I wrong. I think she must be itchy or something because I come back and checked it a week later and it was alot worse.
The top of her tail is like this too which means I can't plait it nicely
She is in good general health, and is fed grass and hay, with the occaisional mineral block out in the paddock, aswell as gumnuts and carrots.
I really want to show her this season but I can't plait her mane or tail like this it's terrible. I don't have any pictures at the moment though.

What could I do to help it grow back??? Please help cause she's a gorgeous girl with the best temperment and manners ever, but this is her only fault, I really want to fix it.
Much appreciated =)

R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-27-2009, 02:14 AM
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WOW. I know exactly what your going through. My old gelding used to have the same problem.
He didn't have sweet itch or anything like that, he was just plain itchy and we never figured out why.
What we did was,
--Keep his tail extremely clean. We washed it every second day with a Quit-Itch shampoo. Make sure when you wash it to get every bit of shampoo and conditioner.
--Brush your horse's tail all the time. It help keeps it clean.
--Brush the mane a lot and if its itchy, use a shampoo on that too.
--Baby Oil. Baby oil your horses tail. It keeps it nice and moisturised, especially if your horse has a dry tail and dock.
--Just keep up the maintenance. Make sure their tail and mane is really clean.
If you're really worried or the problem doesn't clear up, I'd get a vet to see your horse. A professional opinion should really help.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-27-2009, 07:02 PM
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Maybe try some MTG? That should clear up any underlying skin issues that are causing the itchiness, and jump start some new hair growth.

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-02-2009, 11:14 PM
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MTG could work to try to solve the possible underlying problem. Then I'd use an oil of some sort, like Gidji said. I've had great luck with lavender oil for itchy skin. It heals, protects and keeps the skin wonderfully moisturized.

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My Arab Pony had a super long, gorgeous mane. I started boarding her (since I lack an arena), and she reaches her head through the stall (most horses wouldn't try, the bars are pretty close!) and I cried when she started rubbing it out :( There's hardly ANY left, so I'm going to roach what IS left. She'll be coming home soon (swapping horses to one that needs more riding work) so I sure hope it grows quickly! I'm going to try MTG because that's what a lot of people recomend.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-03-2009, 06:45 AM
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Any skin problems my horses have had I've used 50% apple cider vineger & 50% water soloution . So far it has worked wonders for rain scold , dandruff & itchy spots clearing them up completely. Try and use organic ACV . Can be used as and whole body wash rinsed off or just spray on the spot and leave it on.

Also undiluted dabbed onto a pimple helps it clear up quicker
And if you want ultra soft skin for yourself put 2 cups into a hot bath and relax in it for 30min.... only thing is you smell like salad for a little bit lol

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