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post #1 of 4 Old 01-13-2013, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Dandruff on horses

My horse Breeze has dandruff, I am not sure if I should be concerned or not.

When I got her she had spots on her shoulders that, when you would groom her, the dandruff would come off and I thought it was just a little bit. In the past month she has had more and more.

A few days ago it got really cold out, so I put her blanket on, yesterday I took it off (she was wearing it for 2 nights and 1 full day) and she was like white under it from the dandruff not being able to fall off. I groomed her and got her black again. But should I be concerned?

The blanket is on her again, I put it back on yesterday, and probably won't take it off until monday or tuesday... depending on the weather.

Any suggestions on how to get rid of the dandruff? Will I just have to bathe her in the spring and keep grooming her. I want her looking good as I am going to get her into showing this summer.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-13-2013, 04:53 PM
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I would not be worried about it right now. The horses are shedding there under skin getting ready to shed out. So if it keeps going after she has sheded out all the way, call you vet.
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is it dandruff or rain rot? Does her skin feel bumpy when you run hands over her? Do the flakes have hair attached to them? If so it is probably rainrot which is a superficial fungal infection. Its pretty easily cleared up by giving her a bath with a dilute solution of betadine and water. I would not do that till spring time. If its not rainrot and is dandruff. I would mention it to the vet during your next visit. I should declaim that I am not a vet and this advice should not be taken as a diagnosis.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-13-2013, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Freemare View Post
I would not be worried about it right now. The horses are shedding there under skin getting ready to shed out. So if it keeps going after she has sheded out all the way, call you vet.
Seconded! My gelding has a little dandruff right now, too. I just give him lots of brushing and make sure he doesn't see any Head and Shoulders commercials that might make him feel bad.
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