Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Colorado & Arizona
Are the spots itchy?
It could be
Sometime in the spring occasionally other seasons a horse or pony can experience seasonal alopecia where large patches of hair shed and the new hair growth is not present yet, this leaves bald patches on the animal and new hair will grow within a month.
It seems to be occurring quite often this year and can occur in any season.
If you have live Aloe vera plants try rubbing the juice on the bare skin to moisturize and induce the new hair growth.
Seasonal Alopecia is due to the sudden change in climate, the horses have started shedding before the summer coat has started growing in. If you watch after a few days you will see very fine and thin hair growing in the bald areas. That is the start of the summer coat. It will be very thin for a while, but it will continue to grow and cover the areas. There is no treatment needed as the hair will continue to come in naturally.
Here in Colorado we are having a mild winter so far with occasional snow days but mostly 50's and 60's temps a lot of horses are already shedding off their winter coats.
If you are feeding corn that would also cause the premature shedding as corn helps produce body heat that triggers the shedding.
"Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes you will."
- Buck Brannaman
Last edited by RockyTrails; 01-30-2013 at 03:31 PM.