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    03-27-2012, 10:51 AM

So I went out to the barn yesterday to find more bald spots on my horse than I'd like to see. He had them on his neck, belly, hind, leg, and one of his shoulders was practically all bald. He's shedding out right now; however, he's never shed to the point where he has bald spots. So I'm thinking it's fungus? Is this a logical assumption? The weather has been really crazy lately. Rain, warmth, chilly... So I'm thinking I may go pick up some fungicide from the vet. Any other suggestions? I hate seeing my pony's coat like that.
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    03-27-2012, 11:07 AM
It definitely sounds like rain rot also known as rain scald. It sounds like your pony has a pretty bad case of it. In severe cases your Vet may recommend giving injectible antibiotics. Get a bottle of Betadine sold over-the-counter and do Betadine scrubs on the bald spots. Any bumps that can be felt on the skin have to be removed for the skin to heal. It is important to note that rain rot is a painful skin condition so be as gentle as possible.
    03-27-2012, 11:16 AM
It just a little bizarre since there was no sign of this last week when I was out and then bam... Maybe the weather was just that crazy this week... I mean the skin looks perfectly healthy as far as I could tell. I'll have to go out to the vets office and see what she suggests. Dang horse. Haha
    03-27-2012, 11:25 AM
If the skin looks perfectly healthy, I would suspect seasonal alopecia (sp). We had this happen last year, it can occur when the winter hair coat sheds out more quickly than the summer coat grows in. It only happened on one of our horses, but she had some HUGE bald spots that went away completely within a couple of weeks as the summer coat grew in....
    03-27-2012, 11:42 AM
Okay, that sounds like it may be the cause. He was the only horse not shedding out his coat when the weather changed a few weeks ago. Now he's shedding like crazy. It just frightens me to see large bald spots on my horse. Haha

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