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Hair loss in my mare

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Shannon Smith
Neonate
Username: Whisper05

Post Number: 3
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I bought a mare a couple years ago whom had patches of missing hair,I figured it was because she had been malnurished,not groomed and not de-wormed regular.I had the vet out he had no opinion,and then I found the breeder of the mare that told me she had lost her hair while she owned her but was completely normal till then,they had bathed her in tar shampoos and used all kinds of methods to help her,the vet told her it wasnt bacterial and what ever it is is not contagious.My question is does anyone else have this problem,most of her hairloss is under her belly,but there is some on her face,neck and hind quarters,she has grown some of the hair back in the last 2 years but it has been a long battle.The mare herself is a little skiddish,but has calmed a great deal since arriving,I groom her daily and have added probiotic to her feed and she is dewormed monthly as part of my normal program.I hate not knowing what she has.She had a nice filly in 2005 ,no signs of hairloss,not a planned preg.Any help or comments would be great.
 

Elise Krueger
Neonate
Username: Elise

Post Number: 8
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 05:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Shannon, I'm not a vet, but I think I would ask the vet to do a skin scraping and look at it under a microscope to see if it could be a mite of some kind. Are these two Poco Bueno bred?
 

SDS
Neonate
Username: Whisper05

Post Number: 5
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 09:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My local vet really didnt seem interested when I suggested some kind of skin scraping,but of course he doesnt really like horses.But I am having him out soon to do some coggins so I am going to have him do it then.No this is an Arab mare,with some baggage,not sure what all had happened to her before she came to live with me,but I am taking it that it wasnt good.She is coming around but it has taken a long time for that.
 

windy fillmore
Yearling
Username: Windyf

Post Number: 62
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 09:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

sds I would have her allergy tested as allergies can cause hair loss. Windy
 

SDS
Neonate
Username: Whisper05

Post Number: 7
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 09:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am going to have the vet do a total work up on her,she seems quite healthy,her coat shines,and she has a twinkle in her eye and feels her oats,and has gained a good 150# since I got her.I am not really sure how long she had this problem before I got her as I couldnt get too many straight answers on her.I have heard of horses being allergic to hay or certain grasses,gee I sure hope that isnt the case.Sometimes I think she is allergic to my son though as she wont come near him,he cant even feed her.
 

Elise Krueger
Neonate
Username: Elise

Post Number: 9
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 07:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good Luck with her Shannon. Keep us posted as to what you find. Allergies can be weird. Have you tried "Shapleys" M-T-G on her? great...http://www.shapleys.com/omtg.html
 

SDS
Nursing Foal
Username: Whisper05

Post Number: 19
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 03:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I saw "Shapelys"M-T-G advertised somewhere and was wondering where I could get it at,thanks for the link.
I knew she was missing hair but not contagious when I bought her and at first when the mare arrived I put the missing hair off to under nurushment or really wormy,that is what my vet said it was also at first when he saw her or he thought it might possibly be a chemical imbalance.So I tried to do the right thing by her and got her dewormed,she was loaded with Large Strongyles (sp?)Got that all cleared up and she started putting on some weight and her coat got shiney,I also treated her bare spots with listerine in case it might be a fugus of some sort,she hated that part,LOL,then some of the hair started growing back in,sparse but there is hair.I have supplemented her feed with probiotic and clovite to maybe help with an imbalance and more hair grew in,she isnt totally bare in the spots she has now,little peach fuzz I guess you could say.I also found out last night she aquired this condition just before her first foal was born,(the breeder had 2 different vets out and all sorts of tests done and neither knew what to think of it(not sure I beleive or not)so am wondering if being pregnant took a hard toll on her body,I know some human women lose hair when they are pregnant.As far as I know the condition isnt hereditary as none of her siblings or dam had this problem.She is somewhat a nervous horse,only trusts me,I can do anything with her or to her but no one else can.You can only imagine the reading I have done on horses losing hair,,I will keep you updated as to what I find out.
 

SDS
Weanling
Username: Whisper05

Post Number: 28
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 10:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

More info on mare losing hair, I just received an email from the breeder of my mare,seems the mare carried a foal to full term and the foal died shortly after birth,she didnt bag up prior to foaling and was given Domperidone and sometime after foaling she got her milk, after losing her first foal she started losing her hair,so was wondering if any one knew about hyperestrogenism? or could this have been the stress of losing the foal?If so will she ever regrow all of her hair?



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