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post #1 of 6 Old 05-12-2014, 05:46 AM Thread Starter
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Mane falling out

My horses mane in the past week has started falling out very bad. At first it looked like someone had cut it and hacked at it but not like it had been pulled out by a fence or anything. His not in with any other horses. I plated it to see if that would help and when I took them out a huge chunk of hair came out. It's just became cold here and been raining a bit not sure if it's rain rot or not. Anyone have and clue what it is
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-12-2014, 05:56 AM
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Does the skin by the roots look healthy or does it have sores? and is he rubbing is neck like it is itchy?

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Does the skin by the roots look healthy or does it have sores? and is he rubbing is neck like it is itchy?
No sores but his itching but his always rubbed up against things. Nothing different. Has happen in a space of about a week and is freaking me out because his had quiet a good mane for the time I've had him which is only about a year
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mane falling out

Hi Karleigh - when I went to visit my horse today, I noticed as well that chunks of his mane could be pulled out without any effort. I was wondering about it as well. His mane and hide are both shiny and healthy. But we did have a very cold winter and he boards outside all the time. I was wondering if horses shed excess manes as well? The weather has recently become quite warm.

He is a Hanoverian/thoroughbred and I usually cut his mane rather short and bluntly. But because of the cold winter, I decided to let his mane grow out and it grew about 4-5 inches over the winter. Now a lot is falling out but since his mane is so thick, the missing hair isn't noticeable.
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My horse is also shedding his mane, however I quite like that because it's almost 3ft long now and not so thick! However it comes out evenly in all spots so I'm not sure what you're describing is 'shedding' per say. I don't think it could hurt to wash it with an anti-fungal shampoo :)
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If the hair loss isn't associated with itching, scratching and insect or fungal related like rain rot or ringworm it might be down to too much selenium in the soil or in a supplement/feed or hay you're using
It will cause loss of hair in the mane and tail and if severe enough horizontal cracks appear in the feet which can lead to the entire wall of the hoof falling off
You can get the hair, soil or any feed analysed for levels of selenium
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