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  • Mare losing winter coat and going bald in winter months
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    04-19-2010, 10:12 AM
  #1
Foal
Thumbs down My poor horses are going bald! Any Ideas??

Hi! I am new to the forum so sorry if someone has ask this already. I just got a new mare about 2 weeks ago and she still had a pretty thick winter coat( as does my stallion). I have been using a curry comb as well as a "slick brick" to pull the winter hair off. It is now 80 degrees here. I have noticed that their hair is coming off in clumps!! He looks like a moth eatin rug!!! Yuck!! Now her hair is doing it as well!! I don't see lice or rain rot. Just their darn skin. He is a dun and looks terrible! Poor Buckshot. What the heck do I do? Keep brushing until he has NO hair? Holy Cow. Thanks so much guys!!!

Glad to be a part of your forum!
     
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    04-19-2010, 10:16 AM
  #2
Trained
Welcome to the forum - but I am at a blank as to what is going on with your horses. I have never heard of them shedding all their hair off to the point of being bald.

Have you contacted a Vet to find out what is going on?
     
    04-19-2010, 10:23 AM
  #3
Foal
I called her this morning and she said that she has been out to see several horses lately that are doing this. She said if I don't see any signs if irritation that they may have just lost it before the summer coat came in. To watch and see if in the next few days I see ANY new hair growth. They we will go from there. Poor fella. :(
     
    04-19-2010, 12:58 PM
  #4
Yearling
Yep, we saw it with alot of clients because of sudden changes in the weather. As long as the skin appears normal underneath and you see hair start growing back in, it's not something to worry about.
     
    04-19-2010, 01:08 PM
  #5
Foal
Thank you Ryle. I was a tech for about 3 yrs but never saw anything like this, he looks terrible! I will keep a eye on him and wait on that hair to come in. Thanks again!
     
    04-19-2010, 02:10 PM
  #6
Yearling
Ryle: I agree with you!! I've also heard that the reason they can go bald so fast is because their new coat can't keep up and since they're losing their winter coats so fast they still have to grow their summer coat. Is this true?

In either case, My mare is kinda doing the same thing, just not as bad. I stopped using the shedding blade, and just resorted to the curry comb with a stiff bristle brush. The only place I still use the shedding blade is on her hind end, she's got plenty of loose hair still left on there.
     
    04-19-2010, 02:15 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Are you using a fly repellent? Some horse can react this way to them and some fly sprays people use on horses are not suitable.
     
    04-19-2010, 02:26 PM
  #8
Foal
No, No fly repellent here yet. I haven't changed anything. He was wormed with Quest last month and Ivermectin this month, that is all the change there was. Thanks again everyone for your replies!
     
    04-19-2010, 02:43 PM
  #9
Foal
My mare was doing the same thing! I thought maybe it was just hormones from her just having her colt, plus it getting warmer here (Florida). Whew! Glad to know that I'm not alone.
     
    04-20-2010, 10:34 AM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Wildflower    
No, No fly repellent here yet. I haven't changed anything. He was wormed with Quest last month and Ivermectin this month, that is all the change there was. Thanks again everyone for your replies!
Why did you worm with quest one month and ivermectin the next? There is no reason to deworm again after moxidectin for 3 months minimum.
     

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