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  • Horse sweating on neck with wrinkled skin
  • Wrinkled skin horse

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    03-22-2012, 10:58 PM
Originally Posted by dustNgold    
HORSE POOR why do you ask about the water? He has access to two spots in his paddock of clean water but if you have any ideas would love to hear from you!
I asked because the skin wrinkling in the photos reminds me of dehydration. He's sweating in the photos and on condensed/concentrated feeds - he should be drinking ALOT of water. I think you're doing a great job, but I'm concerned that even though he has free access to water, he might not be drinking enough.
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    03-22-2012, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Horse Poor    
I asked because the skin wrinkling in the photos reminds me of dehydration. He's sweating in the photos and on condensed/concentrated feeds - he should be drinking ALOT of water. I think you're doing a great job, but I'm concerned that even though he has free access to water, he might not be drinking enough.
I thought the same thing, his skin condition looks dehydrated. Op you might want to monitor his water intake to be sure he is drinking enough.

He looks like his "polka-dots" are getting better. Good Job!!
    03-23-2012, 12:43 AM
Will definitely monitor his water, he was like that when I got him, he is around 25 and is of Australian Stock horse with predominately QH I would say so guessing he may have been nice and plump at some point and if he aged as this happened then his skin may not have shrunk back down as I know mine just isn't like it use too LOL. Being a nurse I do take notice of the bodily fluids, Urine is pale straw colour and nil strong odors, Stools are formed and moist nil deviations away from normal there, tongue is pink and moist and will take more notice of skin test. Will be def looking into it though so thank you for pointing it out. Might head to the shop and see what they have to give him to boost him up! Love that shop it is like a horses chemist.

He is on Equilibrium with all of the minerals and vitamins and salts, the later pics are not long after a bath so that is why he may look wet. This time of year is our hottest with humidity that you could cut a knife with, a sweating horse is a good thing for here, those that don't sweat end up with the puffs really bad, but again will check on the water issue of amounts for the day. I do not dry feed him, it is very moist as can only imagine eating a loaf of dry toast.

I did notice that in front of his hips reasonably hollow too when I got him but that is improving, I know I use this as a sign on my other horses if needing a drink or in telling people they need to do something if their horse is suffering from an acute illness but I had not had a horse that was poor in condition like he was so contributed it to not much meat on his ribs/hip region.

Thank you thank you thank you, keep it rolling as I can only learn from this and he can only benefit!!!!
    03-23-2012, 12:56 AM
It sort of looks like onchorrias (spelling). You can order paste dewomer that kills tapeworms to help kill the larvae. It is caused by flies. If you have like sulfadyne ointment or cream , you might try that on the circles.
A skin scraping done by the Vet should be able to tell you what it is. It looks like you are doing a great job. Once he is back healthy you will be so glad you took the time to help him. Bless you.
    03-23-2012, 12:58 AM
I think you can cautiously add a tablespoon or two of regular table salt to his feed, which I do with my old 33 year old when I think he's not drinking as much as he needs. Works well, and doesn't seem to slow down his appetite!

You might also confirm that your menu of supplements includes a good amount of Vitamin A and Omega 3, both of which are great for skin health and immune system support. Other than that, I have nothing to offer - it sounds like this is one lucky gelding and the pics are worth a thousand words for the good you're doing! Good for you to give him such a great semi-retirement!
    03-23-2012, 01:42 AM
Horses skin is different than our skin…you can't tell a horse's age by its skin, you won't see bagging wrinkled skin on a starved horse - you'll see skin stretched over bone, and you won't find extra folds of skin on a fit horse that was once grossly obese like you do in people. It isn't the tongue that tells you what you need to know…it's the gums and capillary refill times. If he's not dehydrated, then it could be a natural thickening/toughening of the skin from years of skin problems. But my personal opinion is that he's dehydrated. That said, I am NOT a vet.
    03-23-2012, 07:39 AM
Pinching a piece of skin on his neck should give you a good indication of whether or not he is dehydrated. The skin should go straight back to it's normal position quickly if he is hydrated. If he is suffering dehydration the skin will not return to normal very fast.

Here's a good link on dehydration:

Testing your horse for proper hydration – part 3 in 3 part post | DEC blog
    03-23-2012, 08:46 AM
Thanks everyone, might run a set of bloods on him and check a few different things, lucky for me they are extremely similar to people in that way so wont be too hard to interpret the results. More worried about leading the horse to water but not being able to make it drink. We are now coming into Autumn here and should start to cool, but still around 32 degrees Celsius during the day he has plenty of shade and as close to the ocean gets a nice breeze.

He is very much like the 70 year+ patient will never make them perfect again but you got to give it your all. I would try oral sups but you can not go near his mouth at all, he is a bit head shy and if you raise your arms too quick he will spook. If you go near him with a crop then he freaks out.... poor old man must of got it rough at some point, solution just don't do the things that freak him out. So any sup has to go in feed or as treat!
    03-26-2012, 05:14 AM
Im sure with the love and right supps he will soon blossom :) Try and look for an all natural product, it might help. My TB is only a 4 year old but when he came off the track I put him on an all natural supplement best suited to his needs and it has really helped him. It goes in his food in small quantities and he knows no better!

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