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        09-07-2008, 05:16 PM
    Easily Rubbed off hair

    Okay I'm not even sure how I can describe this correctly & accuratly.

    My TB ever since I had her seems to be easily "affected" but long time use of anything around her head. I.E. Fly Mask (i've tried all types of brands), bridle on long trail rides both nylon & leather, bits in the mouth for extend periods of time, and of course halters. Thankfully my BO doesn't leave the halters on them while out in the pasture so it took me a while to figure out that her hair is easily "rubbed" off.

    Example: Today we took a 2 - 2 1/2 hr trail ride today (yep they got sweaty) and after I took off her Nylon Bridle it seemed to "rub" around the back of her ears. She is by no means sensitive to these parts when I touch them but it's kinda annoying & I wonder if this might be a bothersome thing later. FYI: She also gives me no problems on trail as to if anything is bugging her. I use to notice that some of the bits would rub the corners of her mouth (when I was trying to find the "perfect" bit) however this new & recent one doesn't seem to rub her "thankfully".

    Any suggestions? Thoughts?

    Is it just b/c her "summer" hair plus sweat is so thin that's why & will maybe change in the winter???
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        09-08-2008, 12:05 AM
    Green Broke
    You may want to talk to a vet. If the hair is falling out really easily it may be a sign of a deficiency in some type of vitamin or mineral.
        09-08-2008, 05:43 PM
    Thank you Cat for your reply! I appreciate it. I will def. Check with my vet. It's not easily "rubbed" off with the hand and it only happens when particular item is on the face to long & it only happens on the face ~ no marks around or near the saddle or girth areas. But I am going to call the VET just to CMA & see what she says. Thanks 4 the suggestion!
        09-10-2008, 01:44 PM
    Some TB just have really thin skin...I've seen that happen to a few horses. I worked with a tb last year that started losing hair on his shoulders...it was hideous but nothing really solved it. Make sure you are wiping all the sweat off after every ride as the salt can make hair fall out. Have you tried leather equipment? The nylon might be to abrasive for her skin.
        09-11-2008, 08:37 PM
    Hot: Yep I've tried leather equipment. It doesn't rub off as "fast" as my nylon bridle did but it still did on longer rides or "multiple" uses in one week. *Shurg* went back to my leather bridle anyway b/c I liked that one more. Talked to the vet on the phone she will be out next week 4 shots so she'll take a look at her then. She said sounds like its nothing to be worrying about and that she just has "thin" skin. Also with the major change in weather she said that maybe she's just not keeping up with the hair & shedding out rather then growing... We'll see what she says next week. She's not to worried about it ~ I'm not yet either until she looks at it!

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