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Foal losing hair - not shedding!

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Deb Anderson
Breeding Stock
Username: Bobs_mom

Post Number: 120
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 06:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Our foal Reba (born May 19) was bit by (we think) a bee about 2 weeks ago directly above her tail head. She itched it dramtically, lost a hair, so we put M-T-G on it and also Cut-heal salve.

She has now rubbed an area about 4 inches in diametet off her rump hair. We are applying the M-T-G 2times daily. Our vet did not seem concerned about it, just told us to continue to use the M-T-G and also worm her with Stongid paste. The area seems to be growing and not getting better. It is not raw - just no hair.

Do you think this is only a reaction and she will start to grow back the hair coat soon? She is in the pen with Mom (as she has a seroius foot issue - see potential orphan foal thread)

I am concerned to let her out too long in the sunshine so she doesn't get sunburned on that area - but also Want her to get out of the pen (it is concrete) to excersize, and just be a foal. We are a bit at odds, as I think it is better for Reba to be outside and enjoying life, but mom can not go out due to her foot.

Any recommendations or thoughts? I realize concrete is NOT ideal - but it is a 3 sided shed and the only place we have to keep the rain and elements off them.

As I have stated before - we are NOT breeders, and this whole chain of events will pretty much make sure I never do this again - even as much as I love the foals.

BTW - we only bred to keep the babies - not add to the over horse population.

sorry for the rant - this has been a very long adventure and the end is not in sight yet
 

Heather
Breeding Stock
Username: Lilredbuck

Post Number: 152
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 05:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Deb, my palomino when she was a baby did the same thing. Her's was ant bites, I think, on her shoulders. They were both bald. I thought that it might have been some sort of fungus but after a few baths that didn't seems to help. started looking around the pen and found ants in the area where she laided the most. figured thats what it had to be. I also put the MGT on her and it seems to help some. I still let her out side, and never had any problems with sunburn from the mGT.
 

Deb Anderson
Breeding Stock
Username: Bobs_mom

Post Number: 121
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 08:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

thanks for the kind words of support and advice
 

Sherry
Neonate
Username: Sherry

Post Number: 3
Registered: 06-2009
Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 02:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just thought I would suggest something..could it be mites. I read last night in a horse book, that this could happen to foals, and it does cause itching and hair loss. }
 

Deb Anderson
Breeding Stock
Username: Bobs_mom

Post Number: 124
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 09:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good idea Sherry - any idea what I can do to stop them? One of our older horses get soemthing like that in his tail and he almost rubbed it off two years ago!! We put MTG on his tail, and that is what I am using on Reba. Looks like a small amount of hair is trying ot come back.
 

Heather
Breeding Stock
Username: Lilredbuck

Post Number: 157
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 01:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Deb, i think the only thing with the poss. of it being mites is that the horse's would have them too. i thought the same thing with my filly. maybe mites, fleas, anything that I could think of that would cause her to rub her hair off. If you think that it may be mites, you could used an over the counter flea shampoo for dogs/cats and wash her with it to see if it helps.
 

Sherry
Neonate
Username: Sherry

Post Number: 4
Registered: 06-2009
Posted on Saturday, June 27, 2009 - 01:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That is correct. In the book it said to use dog flea shampoo over the counter. }



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