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post #1 of 5 Old 04-17-2018, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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strange patches

linn has got some strange patches on her and im not sure what they are :/
i will get my daughter to take a pic and post it

they look to me like she has been itching as the fur is shorter..sort of bitten and the fur is darker than her coat if that makes sense?

i wondered if it could have been fleas from the yard cats as they have been lying (and PEEING )..insert grumpy face...on her rugs
i believe fleas cannot live on horses but i would have thought that if they were on her rugs then they sure could annoy the heck out of her when we put her rug on???
she isnt wearing any rugs now the weather is getting better and as soon as its nice they are all getting jet washed and put away for winter..away from the sodding cats.

i don't think its mites as there is no patchy hair loss just these bitten bits
or could she just simply have got too hot in her rug and got itchy?
she never itches when we are there so cannot see how bad it itches her either

should i just get an mite shampoo just to be safe?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-17-2018, 12:57 PM
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Where are they?

Could be a rub. Could also just be her shedding and the new hair coming in.

Do you know the cats have fleas? Cats can't leave fleas if they don't have them.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-17-2018, 12:59 PM
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Pictures first.

It could also be scabs that have healed into scars and are still itchy. The hair is always shorter and darker there for a while.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-20-2018, 09:24 PM
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Could it be a urine burn from the cats pee?
Some kinds of urine are very acidic....

The fact the cats used your blanket for a potty and sleeping spot makes your horse open for skin irritation...
If geldings urine splashes on legs and is not cleaned away with good grooming you can see a reaction to the skin of the legs....
Why would it be any different from prolonged exposure done by wearing a stained blanket...

Maybe next year if the horse is not wearing their blanket it is hung up on a hook not laid down where the cats can find it to make a dirty bed on...

As for fleas...yes, they can get fleas.
If your yard is sand and sand fleas prevail, your horse can get them and the bites that come with them.
The fact the cats have fleas and sleep on your blankets means the eggs are on the blanket and then on the horse to hatch...
But horses are not a host for them to survive in for long...
They, fleas come from the cats, but many animals are allergic to flea "dirt" and eggs....
So the horse can get a reaction to the cats fleas, eggs and urine....yuck.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-21-2018, 10:08 AM
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Without photos I'm thinking a reaction to the fleas.
I'd treat her and your rugs for them anyway if the cats have been on them. Invest in a large storage bin for the rugs, cats will pee on anything and they have a tendency to pick up fleas from other wildlife and then drop them off where they lie.
The fleas won't live on other animals but they will bite and irritate
Cats will also carry ticks
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