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post #1 of 3 Old 06-21-2014, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know what causes rub marks on a horses face? Ever since my new horse shed out of her winter coat, I have noticed that on some areas on her face, there is no hair. This happens to be where some types of bridles would rest (like on her nose), along the sides of her cheeks, and even directly behind her ears. Would a halter do that? I just got her a couple of months ago, and these marks were there then too, but I'm just a little bit concerned. I thought that it might even be a hackamore if it was used incorrectly, but I don't know much about her history. Will hair grow back there again? She is a pretty old girl (25), and I just want her to be comfortable. Please let me know anything that would be helpful!
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-21-2014, 05:21 PM
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Yes, halters can do that. If the horse wears them for a long period of time, it will eventually rub the hair off, and in older horses it happens a lot even if they haven't, just from their years of having one on, off, on, off ...

It's actually pretty common, and no, it doesn't bother them :) My little Arabian mare is only 16, but she has a rub on her nose from her old owners leaving a halter on her that was far too small, for far too long. You can put Neosporin on it if it gets scratched, and MTG on it if you really want the hair to grow back. Diamond's rub is very small, so I just leave it. I don't leave halters on them though, they only have them on when I'm handling them.

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post #3 of 3 Old 06-21-2014, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for responding so quickly! I don't leave any halters on her while out in the pasture, but I'm not sure what the previous owner did... he didn't seem like the kind of person that would be all that concerned about that.
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