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post #1 of 54 Old 08-18-2011, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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3 Month Old Filly Losing Hair In Patches??

I bought a 3 month old Appaloosa filly about a month ago, and yesterday I noticed some weird bald spots that almost looked like big scabs on her body. When I came to feed her oats I noticed the first one on her left side by her shoulder and thought maybe she got into something and got cut or just rubbed off some hair. Then as I checked her out some more to see if I could find more, I found 3 more! One was on her left side on her rump, the next was right next to her tail, and the other one was on her right side of her rump. This was the biggest of them all. Well I had to go to work so I came home and would continue my investigation today. Well I went there after work today, and examined her some more, and found two more weird scab things! Only this time I was rubbing her back and petting her and my hand went over some bumps. I started to part the hair to see if I could see what it was, well when I parted the hair, it all came off! In a huge scab!! What it left behind was a moist gray patch. I found two of these today.
I'm not sure what they are, so I called my vet ASAP! When the nurse answered I told her about it, and she said the DR would need to see her ASAP and I totally agree. Well he won't come out for just one horse, so I had to try a different vet. So I called the next closest vet, and he said he thought it might be lice so I should bath her, and if that didn't help, he would come see her.
I took some pictures and would like to hear your thoughts on what it is. I'm not sure if it's rain rot, because I've never had to deal with this type of thing before, but I doubt its rain rot because they have access to the barn 24/7.

She is also losing hair on her face, on top of her head, and on one of her ears. This hair loss isn't accompanied by scabs though, it just looks as if she has been rubbing it off. I didn't get pictures of that, but I will tomorrow and post them on here.
Could it be any type of allergic reaction? She has been wormed with safeguard and that was about two weeks ago. If you need to know anything else, feel free to ask.

Here are some pictures. I only took pictures of the first four spots I found. The ones I found today are larger than the ones I found yesterday.

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post #2 of 54 Old 08-18-2011, 01:35 AM
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Sounds like ringworm or lice to me. You better watch out, if its the former...
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Looks like it could be ringworm to me...
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So I agree that it looks like ringworm, and have done more research on it. I have found out that it is indeed very contagious to horses, dogs, cats, as well as humans. I currently have two horses, so the filly is going to have to be separated from the other guy.
Also, has anyone had experience with ringworm? I never have, and don't even know where to begin. I know she will need a bath for sure, and am going to start tomorrow.

Any tips?
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Agree looks like ringworm.Try using Toothpaste regular stuff not the gel is an old remedy for ringworm
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I had ringworm in cats, and got a patch myself on my arm. Both I and the cats got an anti-fungal and it cleared up. You can get anti-fungals over the counter at a drugstore.

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It does look like ringworm.

Do not panic. Yes, it is very easily spread but it certainly is not something you need to rush out and lock her away because of.

Ringworm is a fungus. Go to the store and buy whatever brand of athlete's foot/jock itch cream you like best. That should take care of it.

If you end up with a spot, treat it the same way.

Getting ringworm is a pretty common animal related thing. Itchy and annoying but past that, not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.


ETA - Ringworm can be serious if it is extreme and neglected.
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Yep, first thing I thought when I saw the first pic.
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Agreed, looks like ringworm. Wear gloves, scrub daily with betadine and treat with an otc antifungal like lotrimin daily. Ringworm feeds off the keratin in hair so clipping very close to the skin around it will help kill it off faster.

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Ok thanks so much for the advice! I had no idea where to start when it came to this deal. The vet is coming out tomorrow afternoon to make sure that it is ringworm.

I have heard of a few different things to help with ringworm, one being athlete's foot stuff, and another being blu-kote, which I have some of.

She will for sure get a bath today, and the hair around the areas will be trimmed down alot. She is losing her baby hair, so the two spots on top of her rump and back are the worst, but also the hardest to see.

Also, would that be the same cause for the hair loss behind her ears? It's not coming off in patches, but in large areas. I know she is supposed to lose her baby hair to show her real coat, but I don't believe the color underneath is her real coat. The color underneath is real dark, almost black in color, and I doubt that is her real coat since her baby hair is a real light bay, but I suppose it's possible.
I just don't even know where to even begin with all this. I have had horses for years, and have never had to deal with it. Thanks for all the advice. I will keep updating when I find out more.

Should she be separated from the other horse?
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