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post #1 of 26 Old 07-06-2010, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Thinning Mane?

My MFT filly who recently turned one and other than being a little bit under weight, which we are working on, is pretty healthy. But two weeks ago I found a chunk of mane missing a little higher on the neck than the withers. over the past weeks it's gotten a little bigger. I can't think of any reason other than that she might be rubbing it away? She's up to date on shots and worming. Her mane is really thick. Any Ideas? I'll get pics as soon as I can.
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post #2 of 26 Old 07-06-2010, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Here's some pictures.(This is my first time trying to add pics so I hope this works)
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I couldn't see the pictures. My first thought would be rubbing/itching. Possibly being chewed at by another horse?
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I don't think it would be another horse chewing it. If it was just her rubbing is there anything I could do?
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It might be sweet itch, and there are products you can buy for that (cant think of any off the top of my head), or if its not too hot you could put a hood on her (if she'll let you). she might rub the hood off, though.
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Oh, now I can see the pictures! I don't know what to do about rubbing- I ended up cutting our pony's mane short to match the rubbed part when he did that. Perhaps there is some sort of product for horses that is like calamine lotion for humans? Something that could lessen the urge to itch. . . Google search time!!
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post #7 of 26 Old 07-06-2010, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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I don't have much experience with sweet itch but wouldn't the skin in that area be sore or the hair on the skin rubbing off? She does not seem itchy there either.

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Maybe lice/fleas? Or another type of bug? Does she have a lot of flies buzzing around her?
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post #9 of 26 Old 07-06-2010, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Not anymore flies than any other horse. Would you be able to see lice or fleas?
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Hm... I think if you look really close and move some of the hair you could see them... She's not dark so it's gonna be harder to see the lice eggs (if there are any). I rode a dark bay pony that got lice and you could see all the little things crawling around. It was soooooo gross but luckily it cleared up really fast.
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