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davidsonknollfarm 04-15-2012 08:25 AM

My shedding horse is going bald
I have a lovely chestnut TB mare. She always sheds out beautifully to a copper penny. This year her face is practically bald as well as her butt. Her shoulders and neck are very thin with a longer wiry hair still left. She did stay out all winter but was blanketed and has a shed -- besides we had a super mild winter. It doesn't seem to bother her -- she isn't rubbing. If I were to curry the head or butt it would be tender although it isn't red. Does any one have any ideas.

Saddlebag 04-15-2012 08:32 AM

There was something about this on another thread. We are thousands of miles apart yet a neighbor's horse's head lost a lot of hair on one side only. Vet did a skin scraping. Nothing. He suggested they treat it with hydrogen peroxide. New hair is growing in but no idea if the peroxide helped.

goneriding 04-15-2012 08:43 AM

I have a mare doing the same thing. Her diet is fine, I think it is related to a warm winter. Her skin is dry and flakey in some areas. Hair protects the skin, she has some areas exposed, hence dry and flakey. I just started to add a rice oil supplement to her feed in hopes it helps. Either way, in time her coat will come back in.

MHFoundation Quarters 04-15-2012 08:47 AM

It's happening all over. I've got a few doing the same. Didn't look fungal to me but had the vet take a peek anyway while she was in the area, she's seeing a lot of it this year. She said with the above average winter and early, quick spring they are losing winter coats without having a base grown in underneath first. Also asked my farrier when he was here Thurs, he said every place he has been has at least one doing the same thing.

davidsonknollfarm 04-15-2012 08:53 AM

Thanks for your help. I figured it was okay, but wanted to share with others to see what was going on. She looks sooooo funny. She thinks she is sexy right now too -- crazy in heat. LOL

SlideStop 04-15-2012 08:55 AM

Maybe she is lacking something in her diet? I would start her on flax seed and throw some MTG over the balding areas. That will help the hair grow back and takes care of any dry skin or fungus.
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windspeed 04-15-2012 09:13 AM

Hi all! I had the same experience this year, especially with my copper gelding! I agree with MHFoundation Quarters. It seems to be weather related. And not all horses are doing it. Out of my three horses, only the one who usually sheds first is doing it. I just support his new hair growth now by stimulating blood circulation and getting the dry flakes off. A good natural grooming brush is best (I like the one with raised edges). There is a sale for natural grooming brushes going on here. Just 'like' the fb page and you will see the sale.

davidsonknollfarm 04-15-2012 10:07 AM

Because of the wet summer last year and crappy farmers, my hay wasn't so good, so that could be part of the diet. She is on Source which I find is wonderful for their coat. Kind of like a multi-vitamin.

mselizabeth 04-15-2012 08:13 PM

I just posted about this a couple days ago on the health forum! Apparently it's an epidemic this year. My guy's bald in the same exact spots as you. It should just be weather related. And should grow back in soon.
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GhostwindAppaloosa 04-15-2012 08:18 PM

same thing here. skin underneath is however healthy and i can see the summer coat growing in so no worries.

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