Its not fun. It needs a new name.
Not really looking for any advice, more or less a vent. (Although, i'd never turn down good thoughts)
Five days ago my gelding had a bald "scuff" mark on the side of his face, he appeared to be rubbing his face. He's shedding, didn't alarm me, but it was duly noted as suspicious.
The next morning he looked like this, both sides and starting under the chin.
I separated him, washing his grooming tools, dosed him with vit. A and applied tea tree oil to his face. Applied a little soothing comfrey and otc athletes foot cream later that day, still un-sure if this was a fungus, but thinking that it would clear right up if so.
The next morning I came out to this.
His skin was very inflamed and full of open sores, his chin bare, patches starting elsewhere on his face and now neck. I had a chat with the vet. Washed his face with an antibacterial/antifungal shampoo, (I've learned to never under estimate what a little soap and water can do) started feeding high amounts of garlic and pau d arco and applied more soothing creams to his angry skin.
The next morning I started to apply a steroid anti-fungal now that his skin had calmed down.
Today, more hair is gone and I can feel hard lumps of yellow-green crust under another quarter of his hair remaining over his face/throat latch area. His bald chin now covered in some moss-like fungus.
I've treated numerous cases of rain rot, a case or two of ring worm and some other "fungus" type situations but this is new... and persistent! My poor balding pony, I think Monday we'll be getting in touch with the vet again. His skin is much less inflamed now at least.
Started to add fenugreek and ACV to his diet with the pau D arco and garlic. Hoping that helps make him a much less favorable fungus playground.