Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chula Vista, CA
One of the ladies at our barn came to me, frantic, asking if I thought her horse had mange. She was on the verge of calling out the vet because he has just dropped all of his fur out down to bare skin! I hadn't seen the horse yet, we continued to talk. I asked if he was itchy or had hives etc. She couldn't come to the conclusion that there was anything but the extreme hair loss. I told her to not panic just yet and I would look at the horse. I told her I had seen horses shed suddenly down to their skin and it was no big deal.
Went to look at her horse, he is a belgian and shedding his long very chestnut winter coat in exchange for a light carmel/golden color underneath on his chest, flanks and behind his elbows. I laughed so hard and told her that he was shedding and you couldn't even see his skin, because his skin is actually black.
Poor thing, she is so sweet and new to horse ownership really. But, we've all been there and still remain there at times. No biggie.