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    09-08-2009, 11:53 AM
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Foal
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
  #2
Yearling
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 out.........in 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
  #3
Started
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
  #4
Foal
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
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Started
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. ;)
     

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