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post #1 of 10 Old 04-24-2015, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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My mare is losing hair

Hello, I'm new around here! :)

I was led to this site two weeks ago when I was looking for rain rot treatment for my mare and got lots of great information. (THANK YOU THANK YOU!)

This may be long, but here is the back story. I got my mare Lady a month ago. She hadn't yet been started on shedding her winter coat yet, so I began grooming her daily. Two weeks into it she started losing hair on her face and shoulders. It started very gradually, and I noticed she was also scratching herself on the fence post. (still is) Pictures were sent to the vet and he said she had rain rot.

She received multiple baths with an iodine shampoo as well as a listerine/water mixture that was left on her several times. She has been wormed, I added mare plus to her diet as well as 5cc's of vitamin AD that I gave orally.

She has NO scabs. She doesn't have lice. However, new hair IS growing in very nicely and her face now has almost been replaced with her summer coat.(Which you can see in the pictures)

I do have a call into the vet, but I'm wondering if any of you have seen anything like this. I'm thinking she may have seasonal alopecia, but I have never seen it first hand.

Also want to add that I have a gelding as well, they are pasture mates and he is just fine.

I have some pictures to attach which are sorted by date. Any insight would be much appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-24-2015, 11:59 AM
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Interested to hear what your vet says. In one of the photos your horse looks like it is swollen behind the Jowl, almost like his has a swollen thyroid.

I have only ever had one horse do something like this and it had swelling to the same area, lost the hair on chest, face and back. It was an allergic reaction to cedar trees.

Hoping your vet is able to help you out. Please give an update after the vet has been there, I would like to know what they said.
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post #3 of 10 Old 04-24-2015, 12:13 PM
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Is she an older horse? I've had 2 horses in their mid 20's to start shedding like that every year. Vet couldn't find a reason but he said he occasionally sees it in oldsters. I would quit grooming them once their hair started loosening up until it was warm enough not to have to worry about them having bald patches for a couple of weeks before getting their new coat.

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post #4 of 10 Old 04-24-2015, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Is she an older horse? I've had 2 horses in their mid 20's to start shedding like that every year. Vet couldn't find a reason but he said he occasionally sees it in oldsters. I would quit grooming them once their hair started loosening up until it was warm enough not to have to worry about them having bald patches for a couple of weeks before getting their new coat.
She just turned 15 in April. The last few days I have stopped grooming and she is shedding something awful! Do you think it's okay to apply some sunscreen to her?

I did change her food when I got her one month ago, so I suppose I should take a closer look at the feed and check the selenium.
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Bugs out yet? Looks just like the rubbing my little mare does with the biting midges. She will rub herself nearly naked if I don't treat regularly for neck threadworms and keep her covered in bug spray.

Is it balding around her belly button too?
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post #6 of 10 Old 04-24-2015, 11:31 PM
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I really don't know about the sunscreen. I never worried about it because both of the ones that would shed like that were dark skinned plus the had access to both shade & the barn if they felt like coming in.

Since you've just gotten her I wonder if the stress of moving homes could have anything to do with it? Again, I don't know, I'm just thinking out loud and I know my dog will start shedding worse when he's stressed so why not horses.

Please update after the vet comes out and let us know what he/she says.

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post #7 of 10 Old 04-25-2015, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Back to update. Apparently she's just shedding out the winter coat before the summer can catch up and it's nothing to be worried about thank goodness. Did mention that it could be from stress, which I would say is a big possibility or the weather - which would make it seasonal alopecia.
I'll attach a photo of how she looked today, can really see how well the new hair is coming it and she's no longer scratching herself on the fence line.

I can't remember who asked now, but her belly is actually the one place that still has quite a bit of hair.

Thank you all for your willingness to help me.
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I have a similar problem (I think). My Icelandic mare is shedding her VERY thick winter coat and clumps are falling out in patches where the entire follicle comes out too, but there is no sign of scabs and a fine coat underneath already? Thought it was rain scald (we live in a very wet area) but there is no sign of irritation? Thank you!
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Is it because its spring??? hahahaha
ohh saw the pictures.... call the vet like right now..
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-27-2015, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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I have a similar problem (I think). My Icelandic mare is shedding her VERY thick winter coat and clumps are falling out in patches where the entire follicle comes out too, but there is no sign of scabs and a fine coat underneath already? Thought it was rain scald (we live in a very wet area) but there is no sign of irritation? Thank you!
Do you have any pictures? That sounds like the beginning of rain rot to me, especially when you say the entire follicle is coming out as well.
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