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post #1 of 21 Old 04-02-2012, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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My Bay Mare Is Losing Fur In Patches...

I have a 12 year old QH mare that is a bay. She is losing her winter fur in most places but I noticed on her face, belly, chest, inner thighs, and some other places she has no fur only skin. When you pull the fur it comes out in clumps and there's dandruff and sometimes little black dots at the end of the fur. What could this be? How can it be fixed?

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Some horses do start shedding aggressively before their full summer coat has come up underneath and as a result, have little bald patches where the winter hair comes out but the summer hair hasn't come in yet.

At least, that was my first gut reaction, it could entirely be caused by something else like a fungal or bacterial infection.

Can you get some good pictures of the area you are talking about?

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Some horses do start shedding aggressively before their full summer coat has come up underneath and as a result, have little bald patches where the winter hair comes out but the summer hair hasn't come in yet.

At least, that was my first gut reaction, it could entirely be caused by something else like a fungal or bacterial infection.

Can you get some good pictures of the area you are talking about?
Yes. As long as the skin looks healthy it's nothing to worry about. This year both our sorrel mares are shedding in patches probably because of the very warm March.

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post #4 of 21 Old 04-02-2012, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Some horses do start shedding aggressively before their full summer coat has come up underneath and as a result, have little bald patches where the winter hair comes out but the summer hair hasn't come in yet.

At least, that was my first gut reaction, it could entirely be caused by something else like a fungal or bacterial infection.

Can you get some good pictures of the area you are talking about?
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It really looks to me like she's just losing her winter coat faster than her summer coat is coming in. If she were mine, I would just keep an eye on those patches for a couple of weeks just to make sure that it doesn't start showing signs of irritation.

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Thanks, I will keep an eye out for that. I never had her through a shedding season before, I got her last May when she already had her summer coat. My other horses aren't loosing their fur like she is. I have an Appaloosa and Mule and they are loosing their fur normally.

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I have a 12 year old QH mare that is a bay. She is losing her winter fur in most places but I noticed on her face, belly, chest, inner thighs, and some other places she has no fur only skin. When you pull the fur it comes out in clumps and there's dandruff and sometimes little black dots at the end of the fur. What could this be? How can it be fixed?
OMG! My horse is doing the EXACT same THING!!! Scared the beejesus out of me. I put some vetracyaline (?) on her! I am so worried!!!!

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My gelding is doing the same thing, at first I thought could this be rain rot. The skin is nice and smooth where the hair came out. I went ahead and gave him a iodine bath just to be on the safe side and after he dried I covered him in MTG lol of course he immediately went and rolled in the first dirt patch he could find. It's a relief to see others have the same issues.
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My horse had this big patch last week, I thought he had gotten injured. Its already grown in by today! Nothing to worry about
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