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post #1 of 15 Old 08-14-2019, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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Hair falling out from sweat

I haven’t been able to go out and see my horse for the past three weeks due to being sick (he is agisted). I’ve had a friend riding him once a week for me. So I finally am able to leave the house and go ride him (it ended up raining so I didn’t ride but still went out). I then take his rug off to groom him and he has a lot of bald patches and dried sweat. He hadn’t been ridden that day and only had a light rug on that didn’t have a neck pice. He has had this before but no wear near as bad and we quickly got it under control and it went away. Just wondering how to stop this.
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-14-2019, 04:37 AM
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If he is sweating under his rug then it is to warm for him and probably not a breathable material.
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post #3 of 15 Old 08-14-2019, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
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This rug is made to be breathable and for hot days because my horse sweats a lot.
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post #4 of 15 Old 08-14-2019, 06:39 AM
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No matter how breathable, any rug is going to be hotter than nothing on the horse at all. He is overheating.

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post #5 of 15 Old 08-14-2019, 07:19 AM
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Your horse sweating that profusely under a rug is telling you they are overheated when he appears as yours does in pictures.
The rug whether you want to believe it or not....stops some of that heat transfer and once wet on the horse, cooks the horse in heated sweat like steaming vegetables does.
Your pictures show it like it is rain rot.
The sweating, overheated horse not being able to loft {raise} their coat so air movement can cool and dry the skin has introduced and allowed bacteria to form as skin deterioriates and you get rain rot..

All his brushes and rugs need washing and dried to kill the lingering bacteria.
Saddle pad, girth/cinch, bridle, halter all need cleaning as well as the saddle too...
Anything that touches the horse needs cleaned and disinfected...
You might, might only have a horse who is so overheated he shed the last remaining parts of his coat trying to cool overheated body areas but my guess is rain rot, especially when you say "we treated" and it went away..
A horse left in a soggy rug who sweats underneath and can not get sunlight and lofting of the coat is a bad combination.

If you have a stall can you not stall the horse during the hottest part of the day with a fan on them and do t/o either early morning or late at night to overnight....
Your horse might benefit the most if you can do this.. but sweating is the bodies way of cooling the insides.
Restricting the bodies ability to regulate heat dissipation by covering with a rug...might not be the best for the animal.
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post #6 of 15 Old 08-14-2019, 07:35 AM
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What I think you're describing with the bald spots is a skin infection often called rain rot. It's not clear if this is because of the horse being out in the rain, or you might be describing that a horse is being left with the rug on all the time, and that also can create a damp situation (even in a breathable sheet) that is the condition for causing rain rot. He might be better off without the rug if he has shelter, or have it taken off more often.
In the pictures it doesn't look like rain rot, it just looks like dried sweat to me.
Any time the coat is kept damp, this condition can develop. I'll keep a breathable rain sheet on for a lot of the winter, but if it is a warm day I'll leave the sheet off even if it is raining. They need an occasional break from blanketing every several days to let the air reach the skin and the coat needs to get completely dry at times.

I'd suggest using a medicated shampoo to help clear it up, and try to keep the coat dry as much as you can.
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I also used to think rain = rug time but with so much warm rain I realised it's 10x better to just let nature do it's thing. Mine is only ever rugged when it gets below freezing but only with a lightweight now as she's a hotty. Stabled she might get a fleece but anymore than that is OTT. Shame I bought so many rugs... please do try and check. Personally I think having them too hot is far worse than them shivering a bit and needing to eat more esp after seeing way too many horses in cold weather BUT in direct sunlight and miserable :<
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post #8 of 15 Old 08-14-2019, 11:58 AM
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Why would you rug a horse in this weather? It's too hot for any rugs. I don't even use fly sheets because they are too hot. My horses go bald even under a fly mask due to sweat under the mask.
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The horse could be in Australia.....

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post #10 of 15 Old 08-14-2019, 07:55 PM
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Looks like rain rot from sweating under his rug. Keep the horse dry, and treat with a medicated shampoo and spray.
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