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  • Winter coat on horse has a large bald patch. should he now be blanketed
  • Horses - circular and bald

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    04-16-2012, 12:12 PM
Advice really needed!

Hey all! Total newbie to the site but also total newbie to everything to do with horses so please bear with me
At the end of 2011 I was 'given' a retired racehorse who up until that point wasn't cared for very well. Since then I've spent a lot of time trying to learn as much as I can and build up a good relationship which at this stage I definitely have. I absolutely adore him however, I am completely new to horse care and everyone keeps giving me different advice and it is becoming very frustrating.
I had my horse in a coat for the winter (he is outside) and when spring came and I removed his coat I noticed hundreds of little white eggs and some lice so I got my hands on a treatment of which he has had his first dose, his next one is next week.
Now what I need advice on is this. I thought he had a few bald patches from the lice but as I looked closer today they were unusually circular in shape which made me think he may have ringworm. I have included a photo, does this look typically like anything any of you have experienced yourselves? I have been brushing him but still notice a few eggs yet nothing is live. As I said, I am doing my absolute best and I love this horse dearly I just have never had one and of course any advice you can offer would be of great help to me! It frustrates me that he might be suffering, obviously I will be calling a vet but as I live far away from the horse and work full time I just need to try arrange a time that will work for the vet too. Any advice you can give me would be really appreciated!
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    04-16-2012, 12:18 PM
I don't see bald spots I do see dapples though. He's a good looking boy you got. Just a good word of advice when dealing with horse and horse people your going to get a varity of opinions and advice. Makes it hard to know what works what doesnt. Your best bet is some good reputable books on horse care and management and when dealing with your farrier and vet don't be afraid to ask questions. They will be the ones to guide you. And as for riding a good trainer is key.
Congrats on your horse and good luck!
    04-16-2012, 12:48 PM
Green Broke
Was the blanket not removed all winter? Is he boarded & under someone else's care when you are not there?
Are the bald areas along his back? It's hard to tell from the pictures.
    04-16-2012, 01:19 PM
There's a million horse owners out here and you'll probably get at least that many differing opinions on how to care for your horse. Pick what makes sense or doesn't sound harmful and skip the rest.

For skin conditions such as ringworm (skin fungal conditions) there are a lot of OTC products out there. You do have to apply them fairly regularly for them to work. My "go to" products for fungal stuff and for the first bath of spring, are Eqyss Products. I start with the MicroTek shampoo, followed by either the MicroTek antifungal spray or gel if there are big patches and the horse will allow me to touch him in those spots. Make sure you wear gloves, you can get ringworm and other skin stuff from the horse. After about 3 days of treatment with the spray or gel, I usually see improvement. Keep it up until it goes away. I generally wash once a week with the MicroTek shampoo and treat daily with the spray or gel. Make sure the horse can get totally dry and has a dry place to stand/lay, fungi loves moisture.

Tip for winter blanketing: Take it off at least once a week and curry and brush really well. That will help keep anything from getting started.

There is a really stubborn fungus here in OK that I've had to have one horse treated for, it took I.V. Iodine and that's a little risky, so I've become a bit of a fanatic about the grooming and dry conditions.
    04-16-2012, 01:25 PM
I can't see any bald patches, but if they are along his back or on his back legs they could be patches that have rubbed away as he had his rug on for a long time :)
Hippy had lice too, and he had some fairly circular bald spots from where he was itching, so it is possible it might be the lice, but best to get it checked out so you can give him the right treatment!
    04-16-2012, 01:44 PM
Green Broke
It looks like he is shedding out. My guys sometimes shed out in a dappled looking pattern like that. I don't blanket mine though.
    04-16-2012, 01:48 PM
Green Broke
I'm not sure where you live or what your climate is like, but you might be better off not blanketing at all. We get snow in the winter and neither me nor my neighbors blanket. Our horses just have run-in sheds which they often choose not to even use. He would be better off with his body getting air if you can't check the blanket frequently.
    04-16-2012, 01:56 PM
Could she have a case of rain scald? We have been treating the horses here for rain scald.

OP: I am a new horse owner also and had a gross skin thingy on my horse I had to deal with.

Google rain scald. It is not about rainy or wet conditions. I didn't think my horse could get that based on where I live how he lives, but he did. It is also contagious to other horses and spread through grooming tools. It appears to be more parasitic than environmental.

I found a bunch of scabs on my horse and when I picked them, a hunk of skin would come off with the hair. These scabs when peeled left a bald spot.

Can you take a photo of your horses skin condition up close?
    04-16-2012, 01:58 PM
Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
I'm not sure where you live or what your climate is like, but you might be better off not blanketing at all. We get snow in the winter and neither me nor my neighbors blanket. Our horses just have run-in sheds which they often choose not to even use. He would be better off with his body getting air if you can't check the blanket frequently.
I agree. Most the people who I know who blanket maintain their horses indoors during the winter months and use the blanket for turnouts. The blanket is necessary because the horse doesn't grow enough coat from being indoors and sheltered.

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