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        10-24-2008, 04:49 AM
    Uh, is this normal?!

    I've never owned a horse who has done this before.
    I recently got a lovely wee 4yr old SB mare, and this is our first spring together... she is malting her winter coat off, and recently I've noticed that she's lost, or is losing hair over her face, under her tail, and in a couple of other areas. Every day, the loss of hair on her face is worse, and she looks so odd now.
    Is this a seasonal 'spring' thing? Has anyone else experienced this type of malting before? I first thought it was her bridle rubbing her face, but its happening in parts that her bridle doesn't even touch.

    This is a pic of her back legs a week ago. I'll try to get some pics of her face this weekend.

    Her face only started missing a bit near her star and now most of her muzzle and lower face region has lost hair.
    Should I be worried? She is otherwise healthy, and my only thought is it's an allergic reaction to something.
    Thanks in advance.
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        10-24-2008, 09:11 AM
    I would probably try to get that looked at, but my guess would be fungal. Oft times a simple call to the vet will get you some things to try. I'd try Desitin, I use that stuff a lot. LOL
        10-24-2008, 09:36 AM
    No its not normal. I'm with Appy that it may be fungal. Not sure whats available in your part of the world as an antifungal so you might want to consult your vet. Could even be a parasite, hard to tell from a photo.
        10-24-2008, 10:11 AM
    Well I don't know about that breed, but my Thoroughbred did the same thing and the first year I had him I freaked! I called everybody out( BO, farrier, Vet, Trainer) Found out oopps it is totally normal. It looks like he was going bald but my boy is a bay and just has a short summer coat so when he sheds the new hair is so short you couldn't tell it was there!! After a week or two it looked really good. But if you are worried just have someone out to take a look.
        10-24-2008, 12:26 PM
    My paint mare did something similar this summer. She lost hair on her cheeks and chest area. I had it looked at and my vet didnt seem very concerned (I was there with my other horse who had a bigger issue).

    He did tell me that he had heard recently of using Lysol Foam on it if it was fungal. Lol....I didnt try it.

    The problem dissappeared for me after a few good scrubs with medicated shampoo and her winter coat appearing.

    Sorry can't be of much more help!
        10-24-2008, 01:20 PM
    My one tb did that one year . . . We never found out why . . . He just did . . . But he was just fine after
        10-24-2008, 03:46 PM
    If you've had a sudden warm snap, they can go crazy blowing out their winter coat but the summer coat isn't under it yet.

    A couple summers ago there had to be 50 posts in Horsecity all like this.

    That said, I'd be doing a fungal bath just in case.
        10-24-2008, 03:48 PM
    It definitely sounds like a fungal thing. Call out your vet and have them take a look at it. Im sure it curable
        10-24-2008, 06:59 PM
    Thanks everyone... I've got my instructor/best friend coming out tomorrow and was going to ask her advice (she knows everything lol)... I did recently change her diet, and thought it might have been an allergy to her feed. I also gave her a medicated wash (didn't do the face, or under the tail however).

    Our weather has been really crazy lately - one day its so hot we're experiencing summer weather and then the next its pouring down or freezing cold with the bitter wind! I've just come down with a cold from it all yesterday! So did wonder if the weather would play a factor in some sort of allergy/fungal condition.

    I'll get some advice and treat it accordingly.. thanks again, I knew I was right to be a little concerned lol.

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