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post #1 of 16 Old 12-16-2011, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Mane Hairs Falling Out

A few weeks ago, my mare's mane hair started falling out, strand by strand. I would lose 20 or so strands each time I put her mane through my fingers. It got better for a while; only three or four strands came out in my fingers each time I touched it.


Recently, it's gotten worse again. The floor of the wash rack was full of long mane hairs... What's going on here? Why is she shedding her mane and what can I do to prevent it?


I almost put this in the health section, because it just seems... Abnormal.
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-16-2011, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-16-2011, 10:10 PM
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Subbing as I have had this same problem with my gelding......sometimes it is much worse than others and alot comes ou with my fingers and sometimes seems better and just a few...I can't pinpoint cause either. However he still has a decent looking mane as in it doesnt "look" like it is thinner or losing hair really? Very odd. Interested to see replies. I had been feeding a senior supplement when I first noticed that after some research I think may of been too high in selenium which I read can cause that so I quit it and I think it may have improved since then but not totally gone. Do some horses maybe just shed mane more than others? I don't recall my prior horses having this issue.
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-16-2011, 10:14 PM
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Let's see if we can figure out what is going on! (:
They didn't respond to many of my posts either.

Is she rubbing her mane on the fence/stall/gate/whatever she could rub on? A tree?

I would start by using MTG. Watch her throughout the day and see if she is rubbing her mane.
Does she wear a full neck blanket?
You might also want to check for a parasite.

I'm just thinking of a bunch of random things. Maybe someone else will have some insight!
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post #5 of 16 Old 12-16-2011, 10:23 PM
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Question... is it breaking off or falling out from the roots?!
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post #6 of 16 Old 12-16-2011, 10:32 PM
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Not sure about OP but mine seemed to be falling out from root....definitely wasnt breakage.
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post #7 of 16 Old 12-16-2011, 10:35 PM
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Not sure about OP but mine seemed to be falling out from root....definitely wasnt breakage.
I read that hair falling out from the root could mean selenium toxicity. I'm still researching though!
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It's breaking from the roots. I've never seen her rub on anything. It doesn't appear to be rubbing related; the hair isn't broken, just coming out. I use MTG once a week. It doesn't appear to help with the hair-falling-out problem, but it makes her mane super soft. Which is nice. :) ...But that's not exactly what I was hoping its primary effect would be.
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post #9 of 16 Old 12-16-2011, 11:19 PM
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It's breaking from the roots. I've never seen her rub on anything. It doesn't appear to be rubbing related; the hair isn't broken, just coming out. I use MTG once a week. It doesn't appear to help with the hair-falling-out problem, but it makes her mane super soft. Which is nice. :) ...But that's not exactly what I was hoping its primary effect would be.
Is she stabled with a buddy or get turned out with a buddy? Sometimes they get a little too aggressive with their "mutual grooming" (chewing on each other, usually the top of the neck where the mane is) and can damage the mane enough to make it fragile and then brushing, bathing etc the already fragile hair will finish the job off.
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-17-2011, 11:25 AM
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I had that happen with my mini one time. She would loose hand fulls of hair. Scared the crap out of me!! It lasted about 2 weeks and hasnt happened agian.
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