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    05-15-2014, 01:44 PM
Shedding Hair Clumps


I came across this draft gelding today who has a very dull coat and appears to be having some issues shedding out (as evident by the large clumps of hair still remaining). I am unsure of his age but I would estimate him to be probably 13+ years. The owner claims they have de-wormed him frequently, but with what I do not yet know. He is used as a work horse but can't seem to keep up with the others and fatigues more easily.

I understand that the issue could be a number of things: nutritional, skin health, and/or parasites. What are you thoughts on this issue?

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    05-15-2014, 01:55 PM
Drafts are notorious for having metabolical issues, and going off the pictures, that would be my first guess. He could also still have a big load of worms that the dewormer didn't take care of, that's why it's recommended to do fecal egg counts.
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    05-16-2014, 08:31 AM
Shedding hair clumps

Cushings Disease. A condition that I have found affects older horses is this unusual shedding of the coat. As I am unsure of this horses age it is hard to tell whether this is the problem. A horse with Cushings also has the following symptoms - excessive thirst, excessive urination, prone to laminitis and unusual coat shedding. The condition effects the pituitary gland effecting endocrine function. Worth reading about, hope this is helpful.
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