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    05-11-2009, 02:10 PM
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Yearling
Strange loss of hair....?

My uncle has a mare, Kitty, who is pregnant and just shedding out her winter coat. But she's losing a lot of hair... practically going bald, actually. Her mane and tail aren't shedding out at all, but her body fur is starting to look kind of like when you soak a horse... it's really thin, and comes out by the handful. She's been pregnant before and never done anything like this, nor has she when she's shedding.
He's having the vet out in a week, because that's the earliest he could come out, but I was just curious if any of you had ever experienced something similar...? It's really strange.
     
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    05-11-2009, 06:22 PM
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Weanling
My mare sheds a lot but not like that see what your vet says
     
    05-11-2009, 09:44 PM
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Yearling
I have that with my older gelding, Sammy. He has thin coat and hair loss problems. When he was shedding his coat came out quite literally by the fistful. I could reach over, grab a hunk, and it would all come out.

He is a rescue with an unknown medical history though (plus he has dry skin and dandruff I'm preparing to combat). I personally wouldn't be TO worried, unless the hair isn't growing back.

Some horses just sorta shed...a lot. When my 3yr started shedding it was handful after handful of hair, I could have knitted a new horse. He doesn't have any hair loss issues though >-<
     
    05-12-2009, 04:53 AM
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Foal
Hormones would account for the hair loss.
     
    05-18-2009, 12:18 PM
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Yearling
Well, the vet got out there and said it's a mixture of hormones from the pregnancy and shedding out.... so not a health issue anyway.
He also confirmed another horse's pregnancy.... that's three foals this season from one stud. X3
     

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