EQUINE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM!!!!

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March 30th, 2007 06:36
Tennessee
Peachiekeen83
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I rescued 4 horses and about 6 months after I got them one of the geldings started going bald around his face. Before long the hair loss had spread and he was losing hair all over his body. I noticed that there was a little hair coming back but it is very fuzzy and no where near enough. Now all of my 8 horses are going bald. There are HUGE areas of their bodies missing hair. I also noticed that the hair is not falling out evenly over the body, it is just in one huge patch at a time over different areas. The skin is not irritated or itchy at all. It looks perfectly normal to be honnest but all of their hair is falling out. My vet has no idea what the problem is and has advised me to "monitor" them. They are all getting worse by the day. It seems to start in the face, arm pitt, and chest area, then it moves to the back hips and butt. Again, the skin is not irritated or discolored at all. I have pictures to show if anyone thinks they can help. I am desperate. All of my horses have lost at least 60% of their hair and more is coming out everyday. They seem and appear to be perfectly healthy otherwise. They are eating and drinking the same, no loss of energy, no fever, they are just going bald. Please help if you can. Any advise would be appreciated.
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April 2nd, 2007 23:48
Alabama
Susie
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I am in northern Alabama and am experiencing the exact same thing with 3 of my horses. I have 10 horses in total, but these 3 are in a separate pasture. The other 7 are not affected. The only thing that is different between the two areas is that I started feeding Alfalfa hay to the 3. I'm thinking that there must be a link in that. Are you feeding Alfalfa?
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April 4th, 2007 05:10
Texas
horsecrazy72
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I am also having the same problem.. My senior mare is losing large patches of hair underneath the "arm pit" and by the withers. I made the bald areas larger just by rubbing around them. I can't figure out what it is and our vet doesn't have a clue either. I have 5 other horses and none of them have any signs of it. She is wormed regularly and has been fed alfalfa hay for the last year. One day she didn't have it and the next day her "arm pit" was totally bare. She is acting perfectly normal. I would like to see pics and see if it looks the same as my mare.
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