I thought Fudge had a new game the other day. Let's see how we can piss off the owner while she's grooming. He would shy away from grooming on the top of his neck by twisting and throwing his head.
It took a very slow examination to find 1/8" diameter flakey, raised scabs, 1/8" high hidden in his winter hair. These were only under the the loose crown of the halter, about 5" behind the poll. There are about five scabs on the non-mane side of his neck. Dark scabs in thick dark hair did not photograph well.
The scabs appear to be painful; Fudge does not want me to touch them. He only wears a halter when tacking up and during baths. He had a halter on for about 4 hours during and after a bath in Micro-Tek. The nylon halter is the one he has always used. I always try to rinse soap very thoroughly - until the water runs clear. The bath may not be the trigger for the scabs, but they did appear a day or two after the bath.
The temps here have spiked to 60^ for a few days, so there are a few insects out, but not many. We are in PA. Any ideas what would cause these?
I see myself in one of the equine cartoons freaking out about a little bump on the horse.
I wouldn't even have looked for these if Fudge had not had such a strong reaction to them.