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zoew37
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Posted - 13 Apr 2009 :  09:27:21 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add zoew37 to your friends list Send zoew37 a Private Message
I have a chestnut mare who is very sensitive skinned, she never grows much of a winter coat and has very fine hair. Everytime she moults she always ends up with streaks of hair loss and really dry flaky skin, once her coat is in her skin seems to be fine.
It is always across her shoulders and down her belly, never on her quarters or back.
This has happened every year since i bought her, however this year it has gone from a little patch to huge streaks down her side, as you can imagine this is not very pretty to look at.
My vet is going to do a skin scraping to see if they can find anything, but i was just wondering if anyone had any experience of this?
I have tried just using nylon line rugs and just using cotton lined rugs but neither seem to make it any better or worse.
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Lanabanana
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Posted - 14 Apr 2009 :  2:10:23 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Lanabanana to your friends list Send Lanabanana a Private Message
No advice, but just to say we used to have a chestnut purebred mare again quite fine skinned who used to get awful bald patches when she moulted.
We were quite alarmed by it when we first got her and treated her for lice etc. It happened every time she changed from Winter to Summer coat, although it looked dreadful the hair did grow back really quickly.


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Zan
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Posted - 14 Apr 2009 :  3:40:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Zan's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add Zan to your friends list Send Zan a Private Message
I have a part bred chestnut mare, again with very, very fine skin and hair, and she always gets little bald patches when she is losing her winter coat as well. Done the vet thing---skin scrapings etc. many years ago, and all clear, it is just her. It resolves itself very quickly as soon as all her summer coat is in.

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ashabarab
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Posted - 14 Apr 2009 :  4:11:57 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ashabarab to your friends list Send ashabarab a Private Message
l had a mare in my care for several years who had a very sensitive skin...she had even devolved sores across her shoulders
we fed her corn oil every day and she wore a cotton liner under her rugs which was washed in hot water with no soap powder which seemed to resolve the problems...she still shed very unevenly but was never actually bald again and after three years the mottles she had left from the sores faded completely
l had the vet do various tests but nothing showed up....

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zoew37
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Posted - 14 Apr 2009 :  5:18:29 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add zoew37 to your friends list Send zoew37 a Private Message
I had a funny feeling it might be something i just have to put up with. Even this year with wearing shoulder anti rub vests (two most of the time) she still got badly rubbed shoulders with any of her rugs, none are poor fits etc (nor cheap for that matter either).

I wondered this year if i might clip her out and see if that helps? Anyone try that? I think i might invest in a good fleece bodysuit for her also just to prevent any rubbing as it doesnt take much to rub her hair out.

It just awful seeing her like this.
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Zan
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Posted - 14 Apr 2009 :  6:59:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit Zan's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add Zan to your friends list Send Zan a Private Message
Ooh---ouch! I think clipping her out would lead to rubbed skin instead of rubbed coat in a thin skinned horse. My mare doesn't get rubbed areas---Rambo rugs fit her well---but when she is shedding she has small areas where it comes out in sort of tufts and leaves bald bits.

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zoew37
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Posted - 14 Apr 2009 :  7:08:22 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add zoew37 to your friends list Send zoew37 a Private Message
Zan my thinking was to allow her skin to breath a bit more and when her summer coat comes in i might not have to go through her loosing half her hair and skin, which is whats happening anyway so in parts she is as good as being clipped.

My girl has bits on her about 2-3ft long which looks like ive peeled of the hair and extremely flaky skin.

Not rugging her is not an option either which i thought about, as we are in the North East of Scotland, its just to cold.

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Zan
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Posted - 14 Apr 2009 :  8:01:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Zan's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add Zan to your friends list Send Zan a Private Message
That sounds worse than my Samantha, but it might be a more extreme version of the same thing. Clipping her out might help then---I can see where you are coming from---but I would still be wary of doing it to such a thin skinned horse if rugs tend to rub her.

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Pashon2001
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Posted - 14 Apr 2009 :  9:27:53 PM  Show Profile  Send Pashon2001 an AOL message Bookmark this reply Add Pashon2001 to your friends list Send Pashon2001 a Private Message
Take heart. I have a mare that does the same thing. She is 25 yrs old now and this afternoon during her winter coat grooming I managed to 'bald' her neck, chest, armpits, belly, face and between her back legs. She looks like someone has scalped her. It will all grow back. Sounds like your girl is the same. I'm afraid I've lived with it for 10 yrs lol. Also caught jackdaws on her back today plucking fur for their nests.......naughty birds.


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