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My horse has a white strip running down her face. Her previous owners never did anything to protect it from the sun, and while what i have been doing has healed the scabs and kept her protected recently, The hair isn't growing back, there is still quite a bit there but it very thin.
I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to help new hair grow on her face?
My horse has a predominantly white face and had the same issue in the past, the owner before the lady I got him from didnt use sunblock and he suffered from pretty bad sun burn. He now has an almost bald patch under each eye, there is some hair but not much at all. Unfortunately if the hair follicles have been damaged (which I think has happened with my horse) the hair will never grow back. I have been using emu oil which is supposed to promote hair growth in the hope that some may come back. Also with sunscreen you need to remember to be washing off the build-up every few days, I use a very mild soap for horses - not his regular shampoo.
There are probably quite a few products you could try but if the follicles are dead then they wont do anything. Its quite sad really because he is a lovely looking boy but his face tends to get comments along the line of - 'oh dear what did you do to him!'.
Next summer I may try a face mask on him and hopefully he will tolerate it, will save me having to slather him in sunscreen every day which he doesnt appreciate!
If it's been less than 3 months I would just keep the skin healthy and be patient rather than applying products to it. It takes quite some time for hair to grow back.
It had been way over three months.
Thank you ! :-)
I will try that emu oil.
Yes, my horse does not like the slathering of sunscreen either :D
Thank you for the tips!
Could i use this?
Shampoo for fast Black hair growth with Emu Oil | eBay
Or is that the wrong thing :?
That might work but I wonder if a shampoo might be less effective than the cream, have you been able to find any emu oil rub for horses? With the shampoo you wouldnt (I would think anyway) be able to use it daily otherwise it might dry out the skin and make things worse. Also since you would need to rinse the shampoo off its not staying on the skin for long. Are you located in the states? I cant really say whether its actually working or not since I am just hoping that the follicles havent been damaged. I was told that horses that have suffered ongoing sunburn without treatment get burnt by the fluids from broken blisters which also adds to the damage to the hair follicles. I dont know how much truth there is in that but am pretty much resigned to the fact that he is always going to have the bald patches to some extent. Also after washing his face on a regular basis I have removed further patches of hair that had kind of matted down from the sunscreen but were still stuck to his face so its a larger area that it looked when I first got him. :cry:
You can try 100% Organic Hemp Oil (0%THC and non psychoactive). It is an excellent sunblock and works wonders for healing and moisturizing the skin. The benefits of adding it to your horses feed instead of corn, canola, soy, or flax are extensive. Try googling Hemp oil for horses online and hemp oil as a sunscreen to research for yourself. If you decide to go that route, I can help you find it if your feed or tack store doesn't carry it. 100% organic coconut oil it great as a topical and in the feed as well. It is a natural antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. Coconut oil absorbs into the hair instead of surrounding it helping to moisturize where other oils may keep out moisture causing damage. Coconut oil is used to show horses and really make them shine, and you don't need to wash it out like other products. Both are excellent for skin, coat, mane, tail, and hoove care both internally and externally. Hope this helps!
Aw, yeah i know what you mean..i don't want to make it a bigger patch of missing hair :?
But I'm sure your horse still looks gorgeous :-)
Thanks for your help, i will keep looking, researching...
oh and no i'm not in the States...
I haven't been able to find the one that person used either, so if you could help me that would be great!
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