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  • 30 year old horse is losing her hair and itching
  • Grooming and washing the pregnant mare itchy

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    08-11-2012, 06:54 PM
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Losing hair from itching?

Gotta love the Texas Summer heat ;) its been 100 degrees just about every day this month and poor Sour, who is 11 months pregnant and due at any moment, is suffering big time.

A week ago or so I noticed that the hair on her face around her eyes, nose, and jaw were was getting really thin and looked like it was being rubbed off, but didnt think a lot of it. She's always has extremely sensative skin that reacts to any amount of rubbing (even wearing her leather bridle three or four times a week) so I ignored it. Its starting to get really bad now though, and I can see her skin through the hair on most of her face and around her chest/neck. She tends to sweat really easily so I guess all of the dried sweat is just making her really itchy. She's constantly trying to rub her face and neck on things like the fence (making her a good cannidate for splinters and cuts) and making herself look terribly ugly o.o

So today I used some baby shampoo (suave, I think) and sponged her face off really well to get rid of the dust and sweat that has built up and I think it helped a little, but is there anything else that I can do? I also braided her hair to let her neck ventilate (I'm sure its VERY hot under all of that mane) but I can't really think of anything else.

Also, while I'm here- what do you do for dry skin/dandruff around the hairline of her mane? I scrubbed it really good with soap and made sure to rinse it well, and like I said, I braided it- but is there anything that I can use to get rid of it or atleast cut it down a little?

Thanks guys!
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    08-11-2012, 08:02 PM
For the dandruff, I like natural stuff with essential oils that infuse rather than coat skin and hair. My favorite line is Ecolicious Equestrian, which can be found online if not at your local tack store. They also have soothing creams for irritated skin, though I wonder if keeping her cooler wouldn't help best. Can you stall her for the hottest part of the day, maybe with a fan? What about a mister/sprinkler thingy? We have one horse in our herd who LOVES this.
    08-11-2012, 08:46 PM
Endiku, I recommend this product all the time. Lucas used to rub the hair off his face and had no tail on the bone before I used it. Since then, I also don't use a fly sheet or mask.

I seriously love the stuff. It's just a feed through that TSC carries.

Buy AntiHist Antihistamine Powder for Horses, oral antihistamine, expectorant, at Mary's

ETA - TSC is less expensive, I just pulled the link I found off google.
    08-11-2012, 10:49 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
Thanks so much guys. I think that 90% of it is that she's just hot...who wouldn't be? However its a bit hard for me to think of other ways to cool her down besides braiding or cutting her hair (which I'm REALLY trying to advoid. Her hair is absolutely gorgeous). I can't stall her because our two quarentine stalls with runs are currently being used, and even if I could- they're outdoor stalls with no electricity. She's already in her foaling pen which is a 50x50 clean pen with a three sided shed for her to stay in to escape the heat. I could TRY to run an electricity line via an extension cord to the pen, but I'm not sure that it will work.

I do think I could pull off a misting system though. Do you think that turning on a hose that I've punctured in various places onto a low setting and hanging it from the rafters might help? She does enjoy water so its something to think about if that would work. I could turn it on when I'm there at around 11 and have someone turn it off for me in the early evening fairly easily.

I'll look into both of those oils/feeds that you suggested to me as well and see if I can't find something at the tack store that is atleast similar.

One of the cowboys suggested to me that I should put baby powder on her whole front end and said that it would help with the itching and sweating. Is that something worth trying or is it yet another of their crazy ideas like 'rub a little dirt in it' with cuts and such that I should NOT do? XD seems to me like it might keep her from sweating too much and might cause her to overheat, but maybe if it was just put on her face...
    08-15-2012, 02:27 PM
Can you not stall her in the day with a fan? My big box fan was secured to the rafters and blows downward. Two horses shared it and no sweating with either one.
    08-17-2012, 07:42 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
Sorry Saddlebag, didnt see this until now.

No, I can't stall her unfortunately. The only stalls that we have are outdoor stalls, which just contain a horse and do nothing to keep it cool. Like I said, she does have a 3-sided shed in her pen right now, but that's the best I can do. I did rig up a misting system and she absolutely loves it- and I bought TSC for her as well. She doesnt seem as itchy now, which is great. Now to just get that baby out!
    08-17-2012, 08:49 PM
My mare seems a little bald around her eyes too. We have had triple digit temps for week. Flies have been horrible.

However, do not use human shampoo on your horse. Their PH I different than ours and that may add to the problem.
    08-18-2012, 11:19 AM
Teen Forum Moderator
Oh, don't worry ^^ I'm using Cowboy Magic shampoo for her, which I use for all of them :)

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