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post #1 of 3 Old 05-26-2011, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Possible roll on bug stuff making my horse go bald??

I don’t know if I put this in the right spot…

The mosquito’s have been terrible in Alberta! We brought the horses in from the back field because they were covered in welts and pretty much getting eaten alive. I went and got a heavy duty fly sheet for Diesel and he gets a good douse of fly spray and I use the roll on stuff on his face before the blanket goes on. I went and grabbed him from his pen the other day to ride and noticed 2 big spots on his forehead had no hair! My thought is that he is rubbing it because of all the bugs. Thank god he has a pretty fluffy forelock and it covers most of it because it looks ridiculous! There is no scratches or scrapes, no broken skin, just missing hair!

I think hes been rubbing but a friend of mine suggested that the roll on bug stuff might be to concentrated and its irritating his skin. Ive quit using the roll on just to see and I got him a fly mask and ive been putting this heal all stuff on it trying to get some hair to come back.

Anyone ever had roll on do this or any thing like this happen?
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-27-2011, 11:47 AM
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My guess is that if your roll-on is oil based, it could be sunburn that he's rubbed due to the itching. (Has it been sunny?)

A lot of people don't realize that oil based fly sprays are like putting on tanning oil...I try to use water based products if the horses are going out (which is hard, because most of them don't work as well as the oil based stuff).

Also possible that your horse has an allergy to one of the ingredients. You can test this by using it in an completely other spot and see if the same type of irritation happens.

Good luck!

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The roll on is water based. Ill only use water based for that "suntan oil" reason...lol

Ill try putting it on a spot on his bum and see what happens but im pretty sure hes just rubbing. Last night when I rode him i noticed his hair thinning around his ears and he is almost bald there to. Then when I looked out into the pasture there he was rubbing his ear on the fence. jerk.

He was moved back into the field to get away from the mud but the bugs are still pretty bad out there. He will be getting a fly mask on during th day (which scares me, I dont want him running threw a fence or any thing) and hopefully this helps...
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