countrylove: I would be interested to see if your mare has the same thing. My horse has it all over his body.
walkinthe walk: He has been moved from several properties over the years with no change so I can't see it being something in his pasture. I've also changed his feed several times hoping to see a difference (and because of his sensitive tummy) but alas there was none :-/
As far as my vet, she is quite old (Sorry Doc Burch lol) and has an old way of thinking. She seems to think that he just needs a good supplement (but oh have I tried them!) and to not use soap when I bathe him (rarely ever have, just a good rinse with water is his usual "bath"). In her defense, she does only see him for routine vaccinations. Since I don't really see this issue as life threatening I've never had another vet out for it. I did call one vet and he said use a skin supplement (ugh) and maybe try a medicated shampoo.
I currently live in central Wisconsin if that helps. My specific area has very sandy soil but a property he lived at a little farther south had very clay-y (lol) soil and I didn't see any change. The summers here are hot and humid, it can reach over 100 degrees on the worst days in summer and in winter -10 to -15 aren't unheard of though the winters have been milder in recent years.
His is very sensitive to corn (a cup full will make him colicy) so he gets a legume based pellet and oats. Most of the year he gets no grain unless he's in hard work (very rarely lol), it's bitterly cold out, or if he's dropping weight (darn flies :-/ ).
He does seem to be quite sensitive to fly bites. They have been very bad the last couple of years and even the most expensive fly spray or the simplest homemade spray doesn't seem to faze them for long or if at all. One year he lost most of the hair below the knee on all his legs and had hair loss and oozing serum on his belly and in his ears from them. I would like to try the Fly Predators in the spring.
Thank you very much for the suggestion to get him allergy tested. It seems like a fine place to start
PercheronMom: It is indeed nice to know that I'm not alone!
I have debated on whether or not I should just vacuum him...lol It may be more effective. I try not to curry, it just makes everything worse..lol. A good stiff brush and a softer brush are my best friends for grooming him, but boy is it exhausting! Posted via Mobile Device