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    04-10-2013, 09:38 PM
Bald spots?

Hey all,

I just recently got a horse that seemed to be doing fine, he is about 100 pounds underweight but gaining little by little. All of a sudden, a couple days ago I noticed that he is losing an excessive amount of hair in one spot. The next day, I notice the same exact spot on the other side of him. Now he is losing hair by his mouth and a few other areas of his body. The patches are not completely bald but definitely noticeable and you can see a lot of skin. Im afraid of mange, but have heard that this is common in horses who are underweight and that it isnt a big deal. Has this happened to anyone else?

The vet is coming out to check him on Friday but just thought I would ask.

Any thoughts/comments are appreciated.
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    04-11-2013, 09:10 AM
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Welcome to the Horse Forum.

Your horse probably has lice. They are really bad this time of year, especially on horses that are thin and have not been well cared for earlier in the winter. They come along with a rough hair coat and poor condition.

They respond very well to giving them Vitamin A (we use the injectable but DO NOT inject it and give 5cc orally) and green grass as it becomes available. You can do a search on 'Vitamin A and rain rot' and 'Vitamin A and lice'. They are not contagious to horses with adequate levels of Vitamin A and a healthy immune system. They get rid of them (and any rain rot) as soon as they have access to green grass, but they are much healthier and do a lot better if you correct the Vitamin A deficiency as quickly as possible.
    04-11-2013, 11:35 AM
Thanks so much! Im going to look into that!
    04-11-2013, 11:39 AM
Wait, shouldnt I be able to see the lice when looking closely?

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