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    04-05-2012, 01:46 PM
Stewie looks like a moth eaten hearth rug right now, he has long hair short hair and bald bits. I hope that the person that is coming to see him likes that sort of look
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    04-05-2012, 02:01 PM
Okay that's good to hear, I found my vet book and theres so many diffrent things it could be, but most of those things would bother my other mare too and she's fine. She does scratch at them when they first get there but most of them look like they are healing and she's not scratching them. Im going to worm her although I did about 2 months ago because my book says some types of worms can cause it. The ring worm description sounds a bit like it so ill just keep it clean and it should go away if that's what it is. Im not so worried now after reading the book I have and all of your posts. The wierd weather sounds like a possibility too. Thanks guys.
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    04-05-2012, 03:52 PM
My horse is doing something similar...a area around her neck is completely bald and more spots on her body are going bald. She has always had flaky skin on her forhead and it is peeling (like a sunburn, even though she is brown in the spot) in the area on her neck. Her white skin is turning pink from lack of hair and excess sun. She did it last spring too and the hair grew back but, it wasn't as bad. I'm going to put tea tree oil in her fly spray as a topical treatment incase it is something with bacteria. I was told to give her an oatmeal bath but I don't know how and the person never replied.
So if anyone knows how to give a horse an oatmeal bath please message me.
Goodluck with your horse.
    04-05-2012, 04:09 PM
I believe that ringworm is a fungus and not an actual worm. It is highly contagious AND humans can get it from animals. The good news is that medicated shampoo usually works. Get your vet to recommend or write a scrt for one, if that is the case. If your horses have a lot of body contact with each other, the others would most likely have it too, so it really may be the shedding thing like everyone is describing. Easiest thing to do is call vet for a consult, then make a decision from there. How is her health otherwise? Anything else that stands out? I hope she gets better quickly!
    04-05-2012, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by LetAGrlShowU    
just for reassurance, there have been multiple threads lately about horses loosing their hair in patches as they shed. It goes down to their bare skin ans then slowly grows hair back. Are you sure that's not what is happening here?
Exactly what's happening to my mare.
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    04-05-2012, 05:15 PM
Is the skin red, scabby, wet, puffy?
If the skin looks healthy then it's JUST the weird shedding that's going on. Don't freak out, watch it for a day and go from there. What color is she, color of skin? Look for tiny hairs sporadically growing in the bald areas.
My bay gelding "patched out" and HIS FOREHEAD went BALD! Two days later it was all grown back in. My grey looked like he had scabies on his flanks, scared me to death. Upon closer inspection I found the tiny white hairs growing back in. He has HUGE chunks of thick hair clumping off and he's not to happy with me messing with his bare skin, I believe it to be a little sunburned.

Watch it and it's probably just par for what's going on!
    04-05-2012, 05:57 PM
She is a bay, black skin. It isnt puffy or anything. Her health is fine except she seems to have lost a little weight but that's bc the other horse steals her food. Sorry if I misspelled words im on a trail with the food stealer right now
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    04-05-2012, 06:03 PM
I wouldn't worry yourself to death, does the skin look healthy? My horse is shedding in patches like palm sized patches and on his topline he looks like his hair is thinning.
I've looked at the other post about shedding and I think it's the weather, it is so warm right now and as long as the skin looks nice and healthy its probably just shedding and his new hair growth hasn't caught up yet. I bathed mine and put some MTG on him hoping to speed up the regrowth process.
    04-05-2012, 10:19 PM
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It is real common for horses to get scruffy skin -- frequently with lice, fungi and bacterial infections this time of year when they are Vitamin A deficient. Cheap feed usually has little or no Vitamins added to it, so that part fits.

Adding Vitamin A to a horse's diet cannot hurt them and it sure helps their skin, eyes, reproductive and immune systems this time of year.

The cheapest, quickest way to get sufficient Vitamin A in a horse is to give it 5cc of a Vitamin A-D Vitamin made for cattle. Just give it orally and DO NOT give a shot. Do this once a week for 2 or 3 weeks and most winter and spring problems disappear. You can also feed a supplement made by Farman called 'Mare Plus'. It is very high in Vitamin A and does not have the vitamins that make a horse 'high and silly'.
    04-06-2012, 04:58 PM
Thanks guys. The new spot I was talking about alredy has hair growing so im pretty sure its the weather thing. We are buying are normal grain now so if that's the problem it should be alright now.
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