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    10-05-2010, 03:10 PM
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I have a gelding who in the last few days developed two hairless patches about the size of a quarter on his chest. I washed them with an anti-fungal shampoo that has never let me down before. A couple days later (the next time I saw my horse) I noticed that one of the patches had become a red sore, and that the other one was quickly following suit. I was told by a friend that it could be something called dry-landers, which her horses have had. However, upon looking for information via google, I came up with nothing. Does someone else have any ideas (sorry, no pics) about what it could be? Alternatively, do I have the name of that possible condition wrong? Please help; I would like to know what I might be dealing with before I call in my vet.
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    10-05-2010, 03:35 PM
Firstly does your horse wear a rug currently? Because it could just be a rug sore, some of my boys winter rugs rub so he wears a rug saver underneath ( a silky,stretchy vest that stops rubbing).

If not are you sure he hasn't been rubbing it in the field because its itchy ? He could have bug bites or something in these areas that he has been consistantly rubbing in field. If it is possibly something like that I would put a cream such as sudacrem on to take the itch out it and cool it down.

Tbh a picture would be helpful so it's easier to decided what could have caused it because from you'r description it could be a variety of things.

    10-05-2010, 03:51 PM
Unfortunately, I am at school and so cannot take a pic right now. He only wears a blanket on very cold winter days, so that hasn't been an issue. I have seen no indication that it itches, but that doesn't mean it isn't an issue. I will keep it very clean, of course, and will put up pics asap. I hope hope hope he is only rubbing it!
    10-05-2010, 03:55 PM
It does sound like rubbing to me since the hair has dissapeared first and then sore later as there will be nothing left to protect the skin now so it's becoming sore. If you are concerned why not phone you vet and ask their opinion, remember vets advice is free its just when they come to see you they cost you a fortune ! :)

    10-05-2010, 04:24 PM
First thought is ring worm, which doesn't always have to be circular, but what you are describing sounds like ringworm. It can apparently be harbored in clothing (blankets and such for horses), for several months. It's a very itchy condition, which makes the horse rub the sites. If he's wearing a blanket, or if you always put a breast collar on him, those can keep it from healing. I personally would have a vet come out and test the spots, because if it is ring worm, you are going to want to isolate him, and make sure that you sanitize anything that comes into contact with him so that the other horses don't get it as well.
    10-05-2010, 04:53 PM
I did consider that it may be ringworm also, however in the ringworm I've seen it will be noticeable as a scabby area before the hair begins to disapear rather than it being a bald patch and then sore. Regardless your vet will be able to tell you his/ her thoughts if you phone and as I said a picture would help. :)
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    10-05-2010, 06:07 PM

Yes, I read up on ringworm, and I have had it myself in the past, so I am familiar with it. I will definitely talk to my vet, but I like to get a feel for what I might be up against from fellow hose owners, first, that way I feel like I can ask better questions. Thank you for your imput!! :)
    10-05-2010, 09:39 PM
OK, I thank you both so much for your imput, and kay26, I think you are correct with the rubbing. I was able to look at his owies in better daylight this evening and to inspect his pen, and Im sure he is just rubbing himself raw trying to get to the hay behind his feeder. I am soo soo relieved! Of course I am keeping an eye on him and am going to be looking for ways to stop this from happening more. I fed him in a hay net tonight so that maybe it'll take him longer to eat. Less boredom :P Thanks again so much for your imput! It was very helpful
    10-06-2010, 10:10 AM
Glad to be of assistance, and glad it's nothing serious :)
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