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post #1 of 8 Old 07-25-2013, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Losing facial hair?

All of the horses at one barn (i work at two) are losing hair on their face including my own...It's most noticeable around the eyes and the muzzle, their diets are great, the rest of their coats are shiny and soft, does anyone have any idea why they would be losing hair on just their face?
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-26-2013, 01:47 AM
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Do you have fly masks on them? We have a couple horses who will lose some hair from the fly masks rubbing.
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-26-2013, 07:04 AM
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Pictures would be helpful. But my horse will lose hair under her jawbone because of gnats chewing at it. Could be a fungal problem too.
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-26-2013, 08:18 AM
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Summertime heat. In my experience some lose it due to irritation from bugs and rubbing, some just have thinner more sparse hair on their faces and unless they have a winter coat this is their norm.
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-26-2013, 10:58 AM
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I dont know exactly what happened with our guys this year but two of them lost the hair on their face down their necks and onto their chests. It was wierd. I have never seen it happen before so I assumed it was something that was out in our pasture. Vets didnt seem to know what it was and there was no evidence of the skin being irritated. It took about three weeks and then they had their full coats back.

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post #6 of 8 Old 07-26-2013, 11:34 AM
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My mare does this often. It usually happens in the summer heat towards the end of the summer her fur gets thicker and looks ok. It might seem a bit awkward and odd but their healthy, just going a bit bald!
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-26-2013, 06:50 PM
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id say they are itching from bug bites, rubbing on trees or such.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-28-2013, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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I'm hoping it's just bugs or something, because it's not big patches, it just gets sparser towards their muzzles and eyes really.

No fly masks, so that's not it.

It's really really wet around the barn, and it's not a very airy one, i'd been trying to keep the horses out as much as possible since the barn is musty especially with all the rain we've been having, but three of the four don't handle heat well, so they have to all be inside during the day, I was thinking maybe fungal because of the rain and such.

I've never really heard of horses losing hair because of heat, but that may be it as it's 90+ here every day almost.
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