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My 2 year old horse is loosing hair on her left shoulder. Its not like shedding though, all the hair is off in that one spot. Its a zig-zag pattern going down her shoulder, looks like someone painted it on her from far away, since shes a dark horse.:lol: Dandruf gets everywhere when you rub it. You can also pull the hair out, kind of like you can rain rot, but I know its not rain rot, I brush her almost every day. I can't figure out what it is, so I was wondering if anyone has ever seen this before. What is it? What can I do about it? Thanks!
 

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Can't say I know what it is, but I do know that a $9 bottle of tea tree oil might clear it up, particularly if it is something fungal. My horse had a scorching case of rain rot a few months ago, and after trying all the expensive stuff, that's what worked for me. You can find it in any drug store.
 

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Not sure, but could it possibly be a blanket rub?
 

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My 2 year old horse is loosing hair on her left shoulder. Its not like shedding though, all the hair is off in that one spot. Its a zig-zag pattern going down her shoulder, looks like someone painted it on her from far away, since shes a dark horse.:lol: Dandruf gets everywhere when you rub it. You can also pull the hair out, kind of like you can rain rot, but I know its not rain rot, I brush her almost every day. I can't figure out what it is, so I was wondering if anyone has ever seen this before. What is it? What can I do about it? Thanks!
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Thanks everyone! Shes not blanketed so I know it can't be that. I'll go and try these things and see how it does. =)
 

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kind of sounds like ringworm actually. It usually clears up when the winter weather subsides and they are out in the sun again and it couldn't hurt to try tea tree oil as MBP suggested since ringworm is a fungus.
 

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Here are some pictures of it, it might help a little! The last pic is a close up and you can kinda see the dandruff. I saw her scratching it today, so it has gone up farther on her shoulder. Thanks again for your help!
 

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Could it be that she is stressing about something? A change in diet or eating habits? Different hay (can easily include allergies/intolerance)? A new horse in the yard? A new employee? A new work/training routine or element? ANYthing new or different? Not common but not unheard of to lose fur if stressed, the remedy being to remove the stress factour, if possible, then treat as needed.

I hope this resolves soon and uneventfully for both of you!
 

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Might be a good idea for the vet to take a look at it when she gets her spring vaccinations. It doesn't look like ringworm to me--ringworm is red, raised, and itchy. As the previous poster mentioned, has her diet changed at all? Is it warming up where you live? She could have developed an allergy to something new in her diet or surroundings.
 

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it looks fungal to me. tea tree oil could work. i would also suggest looking at something like colloidal silver. i use colloidal silver for any fungal type problems with my horses. it works quick and well and isnt too expensive
 

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Nothing has really been changed that much. We got a new horse back in January, but they seem to get along really well. Her diet hasn't changed, shes had strategy and the same kind of hay since October and I haven't been doing anything different concerning riding. I got some tea tree oil today, so we'll see how that works on it. Thanks for all your help!!
 

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If nothing has changed for her then I might treat it as a fungul infection. If, after you have treated it as you plan and you see no relief, you might consider a chat with the vet about nutrient or min/vit deficiencies. Just a broad thought. I really do hope this clears up soon for you!
 

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I was just wondering if anyone has ever tried bannix? I have some and it says its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Do you think that would work too? Thanx!
 

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It looks fungal to me. If the tea tree doesn't help try any antifungal cream (think athletes foot) followed by Desitin diaper rash cream. You can find both at any drug store.
 

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Ok guys we finally called the vet because nothing seemed to be working. He gave us some medicine to put on it, its called griseofulvin paste. He said that it was fungal and it thrives when its wet and cold--- which is the kind of winter we've had. Now that it is looking a little better the hair is still off. What can I use to make it grow back? Thanks! :)
 
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