Hair Loss in Horses
The gleam and shine in your horse’s coat reflects his inner health, and puts a sparkle in your proud eye. Invariably, there will be nicks and scrapes to mar that perfection, but what about the times when portions of your horse’s hair are missing? Hair loss in horses, also known as alopecia, can be a frustrating management concern simply because the reasons for its occurrence are so many and so varied.
Tracking down the reason for skin disorders often becomes an exercise in sleuthing. One important element to consider is whether or not your horse is itching and rubbing out the hair, or if the hair is simply missing because of a disease or immune process that attacks the skin. Let’s look at some of the more common syndromes that cause bald spots on your horse.
Itchy and Missing Hair
Itching, or pruritus, creates a self-inflicted hair loss. Not only should you observe your horse’s general behavior to see if he is scratching himself, but you can scrutinize the skin for features that hint at an itchy condition. Broken hairs cast a high suspicion the horse is scratching the hair away. Reddened skin or tiny scabs are not specific to itching, but might be part of the rubbing
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