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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-17-2008, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Question Foal Loosing Hair-Answers Please?

My family and i just recently got three horses that weren't properly managed and cared for. A mare and her yearling and foal. We're trying to get them settled in before calling a vet so that's why I'm just posting at the moment. Anyway, The foal is about four weeks old at this point, and when we got him about two weeks ago he seemed perfectly healthy-nice coat and the whole deal. Just over the past couple of days he seems to be loosing hair around his nose and on the insides of his legs, and a few other small patches elsewhere. There doesn't seem to be any signs of irritation or bumps or anything. It just seems like he had a lot of itches and rubs a little too much. I tried to look up reasons for this, such as the adult coat coming in or some other explanation but could find nothing. If anyone could help me, please respond asap. Thanks. =)
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 08:51 PM
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sometimes our mare would do this but it was because she would get skeeter bites and they would bother her so she would rub....are you sure other horses are not nibbling on him and causing this we had on horse eat the others tail

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maybe he itches at bugs? maybe try spaying him with horse bug spray and see if it helps

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-19-2008, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think it's bug bites of any sort because there are too many patches and there is no irritation. and the other horses don't bug him much, sometimes the mare nips at him when she doesn't want to nurse but not hard at all, and not very often. And we use a fly spray on them that works pretty well. I'm just worried that it might be something serious.
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then i'd call the vet.

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Another thing you can try is bathing the little one (if possible) with T-Gel. My mare had mites one time and she had some scally patches and the T-Gel is magical . But like already said a vet is a good plan to start with .

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http://en.allexperts.com/q/Horses-70...k-old-Colt.htm

I think this is the answer i was looking for. He turned 6 weeks today, & this seems like what hes going through. And i did notice today that there is fur growing on the patches. Thanks for your advice everyone. =D Hopefully this is it and the baby is okay.
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I'm sorry that I didn't see this until now.

All foals lose their "baby hair". It normally starts out around the eyes, ears and legs. It's completely normal.


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Are you sure he isn't just loosing his foal coat? Foals have a reallly fluffy and soft coat that holds alot of dirt and warmth in lol and they loose it then they start looking funky. But filly I sold was loosing hair on the inside of her legs too but it just went away from spraying fly spray on her.


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if its itchy and flaky and bare patches it could be rain scould especially in spring time. my horse has recently had it.
if hes white or grey they catch it much easier
hoe it helps
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If he is loosing hair/rubbing try a conditoner, or bathe him with some Tea Tree shampoo. Usually that helps with dry skin for horses
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this thread is pretty old

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