Help! horse hair loss issue

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March 26th, 2007 17:08
Louisiana
harley117
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My 10 year old paint gelding is losing hair in large patches - has lost the hair on his chest, shoulders, and up his neck. He is healthy in appearance, diet, attitude, etc. otherwise. There is fuzzy hair starting to grow back in - but the loss is such that hair just falls out, leaving bare skin in very large sections. The vet diagnosis was a hypersensitivity to gnat/fly bites. There are no sores, bumps, etc on the exposed skin - I'm concerned that this will continue all over his body, causing loss of riding time and other problems...anyone ever heard of such or had such an experience? thanks for any input.
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March 30th, 2007 06:13
Tennessee
Peachiekeen83
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I have no idea what the problem is but I am having the same problem. It started on one of my geldings and has now spread to all 8 of my horses. I just wanted you to know that the only thing that I have found out about this "condition" is that it CAN spread to other horses. The gelding that had the first signs of it has a fuzzy coat, kind of coming in, but his hair is still steadily falling out every where else. My vet has no idea what this is or what is causing it so if you have found anything out about it I would appreciate all the help I can get. If I dont get this figured out I am going to have a barn full of bald horses!
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March 30th, 2007 06:26
Louisiana
harley117
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Peach from Tennessee..thanks for the reply! Two vets here in NW Louisiana have said the same thing...a hypersensitivity to fly/gnat bites is his problem - but I'm not so sure! I had him on some supplements, and added one for his coat, called "Grand Coat",,,wondered if his system was just overloaded?? Anyway, it seems that the significant hair loss has ceased, and now fine hair is growing back on his face, neck, shoulder and chest. None of my other 3 horses has any symptoms of this problem?! Baffling at best...am so sorry you are having similar problems, as I know how disheartening it is to have your horse experiencing strange things such as this! Especially if he is your main show horse as this one is! Let me know how your situation is doing,,,,I'll do the same..thanks!
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