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post #1 of 24 Old 06-06-2011, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Does anyone know what this skin/coat problem on my horse is?

Hi everyone, I have tried 3 vets and none of them have been able to determine what this on my horses skin is. Please, I would appreciatte your help!
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post #2 of 24 Old 06-06-2011, 05:55 PM
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Hi everyone, I have tried 3 vets and none of them have been able to determine what this on my horses skin is. Please, I would appreciatte your help!

Okay first we need to know symptoms. Is she itchy? Does she rub? Are the bumps hot? Does the horse seem in pain? Any change in behavior Lethargy? All of it will help us help you.

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post #3 of 24 Old 06-06-2011, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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I have a few horses and 4 of them with this problem, since about a month ago. Only when I bath them and their skin is wet they start to rub and seems like it itches. Other than that they are fine. No other symptoms at all. Thanks...
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I have a few horses and 4 of them with this problem, since about a month ago. Only when I bath them and their skin is wet they start to rub and seems like it itches. Other than that they are fine. No other symptoms at all. Thanks...
Sounds like an allergy. What shampoo do you use?

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Hives. Could be from bugs or a plant. Did any of the vets suggest steroids (Dex?).
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post #6 of 24 Old 06-07-2011, 12:54 AM
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While they do look like hives, in the sense they are raised bumps on the skin, I have never seen hives in such a regular linear pattern. That's the only thing that makes me think it could be something else....I'm honestly no expert and hives seems very logical however.

It does seem that it could be caused by your shampoo however and I would consider switching to something else. Your vet honestly has no clue about hives or allergic reactions? That seems hard to believe.
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Zeke, I don't know if it would have anything to do with it, but the OP is from South America. I don't know what kind of training the vets down there get.

I also agree that it appears to be some kind of allergic reaction to something. Gabs, do you use any kind of shampoo/conditioner/fly spray/liniment when you bathe them or do you just use clean water? Have you checked their paddock for poisonous plants?

PS, does anyone know if horses even have reactions to plants like poison ivy? LOL, I don't know.

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Zeke, I don't know if it would have anything to do with it, but the OP is from South America. I don't know what kind of training the vets down there get.
Good point, I couldn't see her location from my phone.

In that case, your clean water idea is a good point too.
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Looks like possible hives to me, though that is a very uneducated guess on my part.

Although with your being so far south of us here in the northern hemisphere it could be a case of unknown fungus to us.
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post #10 of 24 Old 06-07-2011, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Not using any shampoo, just bathing them with water since they got this problem. One of the vets that checked my horses said it could be food allergy, but we changed their diet and they are still in the same condition.
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