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post #1 of 11 Old 03-15-2020, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hair Loss behind ears

Hello,
I’m wondering if anyone has experienced hair loss with their horse. My Clydesdale mare is missing hair behind her ears, no where else. It’s slightly scabby, seems to be itchy.
Any ideas?
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-15-2020, 03:18 PM
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I would first suspect a fungal cause.

I would try an anti-fungal shampoo and spot wash the area. I'd follow either the instructions on the bottle or ask my vet, if you have questions about using it.

It does take a few applications to eliminate the fungus. At least the types I've had horses come in with.
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post #3 of 11 Old 03-15-2020, 04:43 PM
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Beyond a fungal cause, could it possibly a piece of tack rubbing?

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post #5 of 11 Old 03-15-2020, 06:44 PM
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Along with the other suggestions...
You have irritation from something...
With her winter coat has her halter become to snug?
Has she lost weight that now her halter is to loose?
Has the nylon halter been cleaned, truly cleaned lately?
If not, hot soapy water and some scrubbing with a anti-bacterial soap, rinse well...hang to dry completely.
I know some who have put their nylon halters in the dishwasher to deep clean.

If leather...hot soapy water, anti-bacterial soap to scrub the entire halter then repeat with a appropriate leather cleanser...let thoroughly dry then if needed/warranted condition that leather to nourish what that harsher soap stripped off and out of the leather.


I would also look very carefully for hidden bugs or "friends" to our horses such as lice...ick.
Tis the season when itch and hair are making everyone rub, scratch and dig using anything the horse can utilize as a scrub post..
Ticks are also emerging again...search very carefully.

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post #6 of 11 Old 03-15-2020, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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I will try the fungal route and also check for ticks. She doesn’t wear a halter with the exception of being worked. So that’s not it. Her overall health is good, no issues with hair loss in other places or dull coat.
Thanks for all the input!
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post #7 of 11 Old 03-16-2020, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Is there a type of fungal cream that can be used as well?
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post #8 of 11 Old 03-16-2020, 08:45 AM
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I've used athletes foot cream on some suspicious marks with good result...
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When I have had this problem with drafts it has been from mites or other irritation in the ear. I'd check inside as well.

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post #10 of 11 Old 03-16-2020, 12:28 PM
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When I have had this problem with drafts it has been from mites or other irritation in the ear. I'd check inside as well.
That was my thought - mites or even lice but I wasnít sure so didnít comment:)
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