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    03-28-2012, 05:23 PM
Another shedding question

The way my TB mare sheds is driving me nuts. She literally goes bald in different spots. Her flank, front shoulder, on the insides of her back legs, and inside what I would call her armpits. She has been dewormed, and had a fecal done, so I know it is not worms. Is this natural, and is there anything I can do to keep her from shedding that way? It's actually kind of embarrassing. I don't want someone seeing her and thinking Im not properly taking care of my horse. When she dries out Ill get some pictures of her to show you what I mean.
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    03-28-2012, 07:24 PM
She sheds out right to her skin?! Yea, post some pics, this is not normal.
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    03-28-2012, 08:17 PM
This type of 'patchy' shedding can/does happen, often because of the weather. As long as the skin looks healthy there is nothing to worry about.
    03-28-2012, 08:32 PM
We had a horse that would do that every other year. One year he would shed normally the next year he would go nearly bald in most areas and then regrow his summer coat. It never caused any problems. If the sun gets too hot throw some suntan lotion on the bald spots, otherwise let it be.
    03-29-2012, 11:01 AM
Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
This type of 'patchy' shedding can/does happen, often because of the weather. As long as the skin looks healthy there is nothing to worry about.

I agree. If there are no bumps or fungus and the skin is healthy she should be fine. I don't know what state you live in but we have been getting a lot of crazy weather. Its been in the 80s here when at this time of year it is usually in the 30s-40s. So the horses are shedding sooner and faster then usual. And from what other people have told me....the new hair just can't grow in as fast as the hair is shedding. I've been putting mtg on my mare's bald spots though. Figured it wouldn't hurt. Funny though....its only my ottb mare that this is happening to. My paint and the pony don't get bald spots. I think it is b/c the ottb was blanketed earlier then the other two...and didn't grow much of a winter coat.
    03-30-2012, 02:50 PM
I haven't noticed any bumps or fungus, so Ill leave it alone for now. We are in central Texas now, so have been having some weird weather. Ill just mark it up to that, and keep an eye on it. Thanks everyone
    03-31-2012, 01:52 PM
Our loan pony Hip Hop malts pretty normally, apart from on the insides of his back legs, like you have mentioned. But they don't seem to be itching him or anything, so i'd say it's fine! :)
    03-31-2012, 06:03 PM
Thelma is doing this on her back and inner thighs. She has some peach fuzz coming in where she was bald so it doesn't look as terrible, but it made me really nervous!
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    03-31-2012, 06:24 PM
Wow, that's weird. Maybe a blanket rub that went undetected due to having more hair?
    03-31-2012, 08:28 PM
She was never blanketed. I was currying her and it was just coming out more easily than I thought it would. No itching or fungus or anything. The skin looks healthy and there is new hair coming in, so I'm not worried.

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