Its Pulling Out His Mane!
Whenever I ride my horse, I always pull all themane out from under his pads, to make sure its not being pulled but at the end of every ride there's always a handful or torn out mane under his bareback pad. I though it was from the non-slip bottom so I put a saddle pad under it, just a simple blanket with some soft fluffy stuff on the bottom. I STILL saw hair clumping out, so I figured if I loosened my cinch, it might help, the cinch not very tight to begin with, and there was no changes. Is there anything I could put on his mane to make it greasy to keep it from being pulled? I've noticed minor thinning at the withers. He doesn't seem bothered by it, he doesn't excessively burr his withers which is a sign of discomfort and he is riding fine but I feel terrible for pulling out all that hair!! It looks terrible!
I wanted to put some baby oil on it but the oil will attract sunlight and I don't wanna burn his hair since its black. I'm stumped. Anyone at all?
Maybe tie the hair up into a ball xD
That might help!
That sounds kind of odd that the mane would just fall out like that from simply rubbing. Maybe it is something else?
Gosh, I never thought of that. The other day I was riding him and grabbed his mane to balance myself and quite a bit came out in my hand.
Do you think it could be a medical problem?
Hmm, I'm really not sure. But thats odd that hair would come out like that just by grabbing it. Horsehair is usually very tough. Do you keep it moisturized and clean? Does it have dandruff? Maybe its just really dry and brittle. I have no idea ...
Hmm that's kinda odd it would just come out outta nowhere. :? Maybe get a vet to look @ it?
Is the horse eatin right? like do you give him the proper grains and such? Also when you saddle up, do you make sure to (hard to explain) pull up the beginin of the saddle pad to kinda stay off his withers so it wont rub it?
that is very odd that he is lossin his mane like that, it could be a disease or somethin. maybe a vet check just for safty is in order
I'd say have someone experienced to check that he's not lacking anything in his diet, maybe there's been a sudden change of weather, or barn, or feed? Stress is a cause of hair loss..it could just bee that his mane needs a good wash!
He hasn't been bathed yet this year, we had a cold spell. He gets 2cups of brewers yeast and 2cups of alfalfa pellets once daily, 3lbs of unsweetened grained 2x daily, and about two flakes of grass hay at night. He gets 1/4cup of "healthy coat" supplement at night. He doesn't really have dandruff. He has a mineral salt block in his stall, and a white salt block on turnout. He's turned out to pasture from 7am - 5pm. He's on 60acers of grass so there is no shortage of that, they also offer a round bale of grass hay too.
The vet was out a few weeks ago because he had an Allergic reaction to some sort of wood in the sawdust and it was making the hair on his body fall out, the skin was dry and scabby and was kind of ***** where he'd been itching it raw. He said it was not to worry and and gave him a type of steroid injection and told me to give him some every other day, which I did and the problem cleared up. Now, I'm having a problem with his mane. His tail is fine, I brush it with a human comb weekly, and a stiff brush/bristled brush daily and there are never more than normal amounts of hair being pulled, usually between 5 and 10 strands. His mane I brush daily and that seems to be falling out quite a lot. He's not rubbing it, I've checked his stall, and there are no broken hairs. I considered putting MTG or some sort of Moisturizer just in case but i didn't want to destroy anything that the vet might need to see.
Do you worm him regularly? Rubbing of tails, manes, and hair falling out can usually be cause by worms!
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