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Old 03-26-2008, 04:32 PM  
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Horse Losing Hair??

My sister is looking at buying a horse that is losinf its hair in big bunches.

The owner thinks the mare got West Nile last summer and had a really high fever and thats whats causing the hair loss.

I question that as it was 9 months ago.

What other things can make a horse lose hair?

I have a picture but I can't it off my phone
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:34 PM  
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Rain rot.. and worms..
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:35 PM  
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I was thinking rain rot as well, but does it do it in spots or one spot?
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A wierd shedding pattern.

Red sheds in patches like that when she's pregnant. Goes completely bald in places.

My aunt also had an Arabian mare that would shed out every spring in patches.
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:48 PM  
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I never though of that, I don't know if they have ever bred her before or not.

But she is bald in patches. The owner said it started happening about 30 days ago

I guess the owner has owned the mare for a year, so you would think he woul dhave noticed if she shed out weird last spring, but you never know
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I had an older mare that shed out in bald patches for about 2 years and then she never did it again. Nobody had a clue why, but it always came back normal!
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:50 PM  
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Rain rot is a fungus - it can do patches or big sections..

Smokey sheds out like that - he "molts'..
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Old 03-26-2008, 05:00 PM  
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some horses will just shed out like that..i know 2 people who have horses that shed down to almost skin. looks funny at first
aside from that..rain rot can do that and other fungus can also.
maybe a really good iodine bath would do the horse some good
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Old 03-26-2008, 05:14 PM  
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Poor nutrition, worms, stress, and heres a new one..........Steroids. Anabolic and Cortisone. I get horses in from the track that have had steroids (anabolic and cortisone) and they shed in patches down to the skin, and are bald. Once they do it though it comes back. Usually a good fatty acid supplement will help. On the less serious side it could be dry skin or rain rot.
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There is something going around here in FL. 2 of my horses and several of my customers horses are peeling off hair until bald. It is not rainrot. Smooth. My farrier has seen a lot of it as has the local vet. The only thing that cures is betadine bath followed by listerine. It is some sort of fungus or mite. Fungal shampoos and bleach don't work. Equus magazine says that there have been confirmed cases of red mites. They say permethrin if mites.
Anyways...probably not west nile.
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