My friend has a lovely palomino mare who has had an undiagnosed lumpy rash on her face since January. The rash started as a small circle and spread, it seems to have stopped but it is still there.
She has tried nearly everything on it and even the vet at one if the top equine clinics cannot diagnose it from scrapings, biopsies and bloodwork. They have put the horse on a ration balancer (Hoffmans) and she still gets her regular hay which my friend has bought from the same farmer cut from the same field for the past five years. The hay is 90% brome (sp?) and 10% alfalfa. She has also supplemented with alfalfa cubes.
The horse is very light in coloring and has a large white blaze down her face. I am wondering if anyone has had any experience with hay and skin conditions? Also are there any weeds in AB that could get in the hay and cause this kind if reaction?
My friend says the hay is very clean, she has owned horses and shown successfully for the past twenty years, she hoods the horse and keeps her out of the sun as much as she can as she is unsure as to whether or not the sun has caused this, however it started in January....this is a mystery.....