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    10-22-2013, 09:21 PM
Skin condition on my horse? What is it?

I have a horse in a stable 2 miles out of town. I try to see him everyday. Recently I went out on a Sunday Night. I didn't have to chance to go out any on that Monday, but on Tuesday I went to go see him. I was putting on his halter when I noticed a huge bare spot on his chin that wasn't there before. It has a couple scabs on it to. I posted a pic below. After looking around I found very similar, but smaller spots all around his body. Is this a skin condition? And if so, how did it develop so quickly? (I would have noticed it when I was brushing him if it was there Sunday) He is out in pasture, and has been since I bought him 4 months ago. It just started getting cold here, and we had snow the morning I found the bare patches. It has been raining off and on as well. At this point I'm still deciding if I should talk to my vet or not. The spots do not seem irritated and he doesn't show any response to me poking around on them. I don't even see scabs on most of the spots, just a couple little scabs on his chin.

Spot on chin:

One of the spots on his side:
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    10-22-2013, 09:38 PM
Your links just take me to the Horse Forum main page

Can you try posting them another way?
    10-22-2013, 10:49 PM
How to post pics

Alright, see if this works... They should be attachments now.
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    10-22-2013, 11:06 PM
Ouch! It looks like the hairs been ripped off rather than rubbed off. Assuming that he hasn't been doing some home waxing... does he have field mates that he might have got in a scuffle with?

My thought is that they are bites from another horse but I would love to hear other people's thoughts. Skin complaints can come in so many different ways!
    10-22-2013, 11:46 PM
They look like bite marks to me, and not playful ones!
    10-23-2013, 07:08 AM
not bites

I'm pretty sure they aren't bite marks. He has gotten bit before and it looks entirely different. I'm not sure if you can tell but that patch on his face is 1 inch by 2 inches. Way to big for a bite. If anything something scraped by and rubbed hair off? Anyway, bites would swell a little, and these aren't swollen at all.
    10-23-2013, 08:32 AM
Did he have the halter on? It looks like the halter got hung, and he shook it loose, rubbing that area.

    10-24-2013, 07:15 AM
That's actually not big at all for a bite! A friend got nipped on the lower back whilst picking out her horses hooves, and the red mark that appeared straight away was bigger than that. Does he have fieldmates?

Greentree has a point, but they're on his body as well... Perhaps he scratched himself on something that he shouldn't have?

I really think it's a bite though; you can see the 'scrape' marks in both pictures you posted.
    10-24-2013, 08:52 AM
The second picture looks like ringworm.
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