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Worried-Red very scratchy in winter months

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Vanessa Pierce
Breeding Stock
Username: Starr

Post Number: 153
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 10:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey yall, I really need some help. Red is a rescue mare. Pretty old. Not sure how old. GRADE Mare. Old Forest Service Packing Horse. Ok, we have had her for now 3 years This summer 2009. I have noticed that in the summer time she has beautifull hair. Besides all the gray. haha. Now we are in the cold months and here we go again with all the itching and scratching. Its all on the back legs. I have tried ointments and baths but nothing helps. Does anyone know what causes her to itch soooooo bad she looses her hair and rubs so much she starts to bleed? I have some pictures here to show all of ya what I mean. When we got her the owner said "Red has had babys, she NEVER had her teeth floated, hoves trimmed,not wormed and never had any of her shots" so she has gotten all of it before she stepted off the horse trailer and on a regular schedual. Is there something I am missing? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for your help.

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Samantha
Breeding Stock
Username: Dressage_diva333

Post Number: 906
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 11:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Has the mare been dewormed? You might try adding some corn oil to her diet. That will help pack on calories, and put a nice coat on her.

There is a condition called "scratches", but that is found typically on the lower leg, usually where there are white markings... it's a fungus that often occurs when a horse is in a muddy environment. My grey mare got scratches when I first got her... I used anti-fungal spray on them, kept her in a dry environment, and sometimes would wrap her pasterns to keep the scratches clean. This doesn't sound like your mares problem though. Definately try to corn oil. It's cheap.
 

Michelle Z
Neonate
Username: Iberianmareinri

Post Number: 10
Registered: 10-2009
Posted on Friday, January 01, 2010 - 09:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cushings or other Equine Metabolic Syndrome???
HypoThyroid?
 

Vanessa Pierce
Breeding Stock
Username: Starr

Post Number: 154
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 08:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey all thank you for your help. Not sure whats going on but her hair is growing back nicely. This is her second winter with us and we do not have a lot of info about her. We are learning as we go. Her main and tail are really soft like the feel of silk and her hair feels tha same way. Her tail is growing nicely since we had her. She didnt have much of one at all. Her back and face are the only thing that feels rough. Mabye she was just itchy. I dont know. She has been on a regular deworming schedual and so it cant be that. Last winter she looked like that all year untill summer. Than you look in the field and wondered if that was the same horse. Thats how good looking she was. Well, i thought anyway.

What about puting egg in her grain? I put egg in my dogs food and it makes their hair shiny and slick. Can horses eat egg? It might sound funny I know but it helps with dogs.

V.
 

Ad TB
Breeding Stock
Username: Ajvtbs

Post Number: 927
Registered: 01-2009
Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 07:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Could it be rain scald? I've one mare who gets terrible rain scald, we'd the wettest summer and Autumn on record and she wasn't rugged until late October and now all her hair has fallen out and she's bald under her rug, she looks like a charity case but is actually just a bald healthy 10 month in foal mare. The other thing it might be is lice, if you check around her withers and along her spine you should be able to see lice if she has an active infection.
The only other real way to know what it is is to get the vet to take a skin scraping and to send it away for alanysis.
I'd just use oil in her feed, wouldn't use an egg, dogs are omnivores while horses are or at least should be herbivores
 

Vanessa Pierce
Breeding Stock
Username: Starr

Post Number: 156
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 08:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ad- When we first got her the man told us she had rain rot. We than gave her baths for it and took off the scabs and she was doing great with it. Last Winter I was rubbing her down and noticed a bump on her just a small one and it was lice. We used the powder on her all winter long and this year she doesnt seem to have it. I have checked everywhere. This last week she has not been so itchy. Her hair is nice and soft on her neck,legs,butt,belly and main and tail. Her face is a little rough and so is her back. Could it be because it was really cold here for a wile? Like 15 degrees below? It has been in the teens last week and now we are going into the 30s and 40s and I dont see her itch very much. Could cold weather cause the itchyness?
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 2774
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 01:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I get winter itch! So i assume it to be so with animals as well...LOL
 

Kay B. Jones,Nova born 2/24
Breeding Stock
Username: Kaybjones

Post Number: 446
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 05:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have been noticing my 24 year old mare losing hair by the handful and very bare underneath. I went searching on the internet and think it is this: Temperatures in Texas in late March are fairly cold at night- 40's ( that's cold to us) and 70's to 80's during the day . The article said the horse may be shedding early due to the fluctuation and before the new fine summer coat comes in. I don't see scabs or bumps, just baldness with a little fine, thin, hair.



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