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CountryJay 04-07-2010 12:23 AM

Losing hair on cheeckbones?
My 12 year old Appaloosa mare just started to get balding patches on her cheeckbones and on other parts of her face. I was curious as to if this was a disease or just something Appaloosas can get. She is our first Appaloosa and we have only had her for about six months. Please help, anything is useful. Thank you very much for using your time to read my post.

ridergirl23 04-07-2010 12:30 AM

Is your bridle or halter rubbing? thats the only thing i can think of! hope you findout what it is soon! :)

CountryJay 04-09-2010 11:57 AM

I don't leave a halter on her in the pasture. And I just rode her the last few days for the first time in about a month. So she hans't had any thing on her like a halter or bridle in about a month.

Jump4heaven 04-09-2010 12:01 PM

Do you use round bales? This might sound like a ******ed question, but my mare had the same problem, because of the round bale holder. It grew back when we took out the round bales.

CountryJay 04-09-2010 09:41 PM

We do have round bales, but no bale holder. They just sit out there in the pature.

PaintHorseMares 04-09-2010 10:21 PM

Is she just shedding perhaps? It's that time.

CountryJay 04-09-2010 11:51 PM

No it is not shedding. But the hair is falling out and I can see her skin.

HowClever 04-10-2010 07:38 AM

fly mask rubbing? happened to my rexy

CountryJay 04-10-2010 04:00 PM

No fly masks, yet.

roro 04-10-2010 04:10 PM

Could be rubbing on trees/fence posts. Is she itching her face at all?

If she's not: | Keeping the Horse World Connected

From that link, if the horse is not itching and has facial hair loss, it could be:
1. Hair Follicle Dystrophy
2. Mange (demodectic)
3. Hypothyroidism
4. Chronic Selenium poisoning
5. Iodism
6. Plant toxicity (leucinosis due to ingestion of jumby tree)
7. Physiologic stress (the most common is a high fever)
8. Anhidrosis
9. Self trauma
10. Ringworm (~70% of the cases do not itch)
11. Photosensitization
12. Grease Heel
13. Rain Rot

The link provides information on each possibility.

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