04-16-2012, 05:20 PM
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Hi, I've just experienced the same thing with my 26 year old chestnut mare here in the UK. Her hair around the stifle, in & around the hindlegs fell out in huge patches leaving dry bare skin. It looked like mange (!) but she wasn't itching at all & couldnt have reached to have rubbed some of the areas bare.
This started before we put the clocks forward but we've had a unseasonally warm spell at the end of our winter & after doing some investigations online I came across 'Equine Seasonal Alopecia' (dont think I can insert url's so just Google it). As other users have posted this is where the winter fur sheds before the summer coat has started growing.
My mare lives out & to be on the safe side I added a broad spectrum multi-vitamin & some cod liver oil to her twice-weekly feeds. After around a month the hair started to grow back & has continued to do so. Looked awful at the time & still a bit odd with patches of summer coat with long furry winter coat but nothing serious I don't think.