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post #21 of 33 Old 04-11-2008, 06:34 PM
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Nope, I'm thinking Sweet itch. Sweet itch is an allergic reaction caused by Midge fly bites. (Midges are TINY and you don't even know they exist!)About 30 % of horse nowadays have it. Mine does... when it starts to get warmer, he starts to lose chucks of hair like this. He also rubs on EVRYTHING because he itches so bad. Unfortunately there's no cure. AND they can develop the allergy later in life as well as early on. (My horse is 14 and it just started) You can alleviate the symptoms by weekly washings with aloe based shampoo and MTG. That's what I find works best.

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post #22 of 33 Old 04-11-2008, 07:58 PM
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Well, there is one thing to look for if ahearn is right about the summer itch (sweet itch) : The hair loss is due to your horse actually rubbing it off. Horses with summer itch scratch and rub themselves violently against other things like fences and trees because they itch so much. As a result, they rub off chunks of hair, and sometimes rub enough to make themselves bleed.

If your horse is like mine was, it has developed bumps under the hair and when you scratch the bumps off the hair goes too. Horses with rainrot don't really itch themselves like horses with summer itch do. The hair loss is due to the lumps falling off leaving little patches of bare skin.
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post #23 of 33 Old 04-11-2008, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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My horse never itches against things. and if i scrach her there she doesnt seem to really care lol she has one itchy spot always behind her ear thats her fave.
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post #24 of 33 Old 04-11-2008, 11:04 PM
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Not so much, Tim. I disagree, My horse has it in spots where he CAN NOT reach to scratch in any position. on the bottom of his chest, a lot on his belly, on his genitalia, etc. By definition, migde flies like to attack certain areas and that is where you see most infestations....around the base of the mane, the chest, the belly, the gentilalia, the buttocks, tail dock,etc.

It could definitely be rain rot, but don't rule out sweet/summer itch...
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im leaning more towards rain rot but i deffinatly wont rule out any possiblities I want the best for her so im gonna order some mtg again or for now use some alcohol rub on it and see if that helps at all.
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post #26 of 33 Old 04-12-2008, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Gingerrrrr
its definitely not rain rot...horses dont loose hair like that from rain rot. rain rot is basically when the horses fur grows mold. my horse had a little case of it.
I just had to reply to this. Horses can loose their fur when they get rain rot. We've had plenty of cases at my barn. The worse was when we pulled the rain rot off, it bascially pulled his skin off and there was pus and everything underneath. So yeah, horses do loose fur when they get rain rot.

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post #27 of 33 Old 04-12-2008, 11:43 PM
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heres a link to a thread i did months ago about my tb when i got her. she had a bad case of rain scald/rot. cleared up nicely with a betadine based treatment :)

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post #28 of 33 Old 04-19-2008, 09:31 AM
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There are many different types of rain rot, all caused by fungus. Some look like black dust under the fur, some take small chunks and leave little bald spots, some bad cases can lose big patches of hair. Use a Betadine shampoo first, to kill and disinfect the area, and then you can treat it. MAKE SURE that you disinfect your brushes and wash any equipment that gets in the area, or you will give it right back to the horse or give it to others if you use the same brushes on other horses. I mix bleach and water and dunk my brushes in it to sterilize them, but rinse well and let them dry out in the sun so they don't irritate your horses skin later. Good luck!

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post #29 of 33 Old 04-19-2008, 11:35 AM
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Looks like rain rot to me. A mare that we got for free had a HORRID case of rainrot (pictured below)... but after a few weeks of using an iodine based spray, she got over it.

Here's the before and after pictures... yes, she was a 'rescue' in a sense. (She's my uncle Mann's horse)

Before, with rainrot:

She had it all over her bum and back... pretty much just all over her.


She still had a little bit on her bum, but it went away.

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post #30 of 33 Old 04-19-2008, 03:10 PM
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No, usually they get rain rot somewhere like in their armpits.

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