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post #1 of 15 Old 07-17-2012, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Question VERY odd coat markings...Fungal infection? Lacing?

So my filly came to me extrememly sunburned. She's been healing and getting far less sun time. Then we've had 2 weeks of rain off and on. Her back has started to show this very, very odd splotchy pattern. It almost looks like a giraffe's coat.

Aside from the bite mark on her rump she came with, none of the hair is missing and the hair isn't clumping off. It feels healthy, though is still a bit dull. She was wormed a week ago, so I expect some coat health to return.

Anyone ever seen this? A friend linked me to something called "lacing". I've never heard of this. My thoughts were a possible fungal infection (she's the only one showing this "symptom") or a result of the sunburn? NO IDEA. Any advice or opinions would be helpful!

Poor little giraffe girl.

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-17-2012, 10:29 PM
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What breed is she?

That is quite odd.

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subbing, i don't think i've seen something like that

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Sadly, unsure about the breed. Don't know anything about her parents. I CAN say she's a non-gaited breed. She is a frame sabino. 3/4 white.

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A few notes about "lacing":
  • "Also called giraffe markings, marble, cobweb or lace
  • Can be from a fungal infection called rain rot or a blood disorder
  • Can be associated with appaloosa or pintos
  • Cause is unknown
  • Generally develops over time" (from The Equinest | 100% Horse Crap!)
I've never personally seen lacing on a horse.
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Interesting. Gonna have to sub to this one, curious what the pros have to say.
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Can you show us some pictures of the whole horse? It might help people to figure out what is going on.

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Wow pretty, my pony is sooty, he has lacing on his legs, not a fungal infection. You're horse I'm not so sure. You could give her a bubble bath with some antifungal shampoo - won't hurt and will rule it out.
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post #10 of 15 Old 07-17-2012, 11:07 PM
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Subbing. This is really strange!

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