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    09-08-2009, 11:53 AM
Question My gelding is rubbing his hair off! Help!

I have a gorgeous sorrel gelding (you can see him in my profile pic) that's been having some skin issues. He's so pretty, I hate to see him scrub off all his hair. I plan on calling the vet very soon to get a professional opinion, but I just wanted to know if anyone here might know what the problem is, so I can at least have a head's up of what the bill and treatment might be like.

He has small, round bald spots around his mane and keeps rubbing/scratching it. He's rubbed off a lot of the hair around his tail as well. He was just wormed a couple weeks ago (I know tail-scrubbing can be a sign of worms). I don't know if it's sweet itch or what. Can't find a lot of clear information on the internet... please help!
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    09-08-2009, 12:46 PM
It's tough to offer much over the Internet it could be one of many things.....could be bug bites, sweet itch, lice, ring worm, rain scald, allergies.....

Tail itching can also be a sign of a dirty sheath.

Your best to get the vet the mean time, as it won't hurt, I would bathe with an antifungal shampoo and clean his sheath with an appropriate product like Excalibur.
    09-08-2009, 12:48 PM
Bugs? Ticks in particular cause my horses to scratch at their tails when they have bites between their hind legs etc.
    09-08-2009, 01:20 PM
My horses have never had a tick problem, but I think I will def pick up an anti-fungal shampoo. Even if fungus isn't the cause, it couldn't hurt to have it around just in case. And I believe he does need his sheath cleaned, didn't even think of that... thank you 4 the help!
    09-08-2009, 01:48 PM
You're welcome. Ah yes the sheath. I forgot that one. Never hurts to have supplies on hand. I tend to use Desitin for most things. ;)

bald, itch, spots

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