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    04-16-2012, 09:11 PM
So weird. Will we then have to be careful about them getting sunburned? I would think we may. On the flip side, I have one not shedding hardly at all, who has been in all winter in MD-warm winter also, but he is still hairy, to the point that I am debating giving him beer (which I know works with slow shedders). Crazy weather. DKF-Frank can donate chestnut fur-he has plenty.
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    04-16-2012, 09:22 PM
Mine are doing that too... no irritated skin underneath. Just looks like winter hair shed out faster than summer hair comming in.
    04-17-2012, 11:29 AM
Oh no! I hope I don't end up with a bald Lunar!! XD
    04-17-2012, 11:27 PM
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    04-18-2012, 03:13 PM
My 28 yr old TB is doing this. Seems to be happening to older horses at our barn. Trainer and I figured it was because they were sweating more than usual with their winter coats on thanks to the unusually warm winter. I did get a chance to hose her a few times, but since the weather was so sporadic is was hard to be consistent.

Anyway we figured the sweat build up contributed to the fur coming out? I don't know about you but this is when my horse usually sheds out anyway! I will have to research this alopecia...

Does yours come out in little, tiny tiny patches about the size of 1 cm? This is happening on her rump, shoulders and now legs.
    04-18-2012, 03:50 PM
My mare did the same thing!! Her hair grew back in about a month. It is most likely Seasonal Alopecia...When the weater turned warm here in GA quickly. It went from the 50's to the 80's in one week...Well needless to say my mare started shedding her wintr coat, but her summer coat had not yet started growing in. I was so afraid it was a fungus, but had the Vet take a look, and it was but Seaonal Alopecia:)
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    04-18-2012, 04:53 PM
Same thing happening to both of my horses, as well as many other horses at the barn where I board. Started with their chests and moved on to their backs, flanks, and little patches here and there. Definitely think it's just the warm winter and early, unusually warm spring. Their bodies don't know what's going on, summer coats aren't ready yet and can't keep up with the shedding. Just for reference since people are saying it's happening to certain colors...mine are liver chestnut and bay, but it's happening to pretty much every color here. Paints with a lot of white and darker colors alike. I panicked a bit at first since my mare had terrible rain rot all over her body when I first got her 9 years ago now, and was scared it was a re-occurrence (she's never had it again in all this time), but all looks well. Skin underneath is smooth and healthy looking, might give them a medicated bath and/or use a spray on them anyway to be safe though.
    04-18-2012, 04:58 PM
My copper penny is the same way. I see new growth coming in but she is still shedding GOBS of hair and has bald patches.
    04-18-2012, 05:23 PM
Same thing here! Just on one mare. I put on some MTG just in case, right now she has a thin but shiny layer that has grown in. Same thing at a therapeutic riding center nearby...
    04-21-2012, 08:20 PM
My girlfriend just told me her aged chestnut Gelding is losing all the hair on his face too.

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