I have a nine year old Quarter horse gelding and he has started to loose his hair along his back and butt mainly, but also on his face and it's starting on his chest and stomach too. he is kept out in the pasture, and is stalled when it rains. his coat is healthy and shiny.before he looses his hair his skin is kinda flaky, and is rough when you run your hand over it. my mom thought that it might be rain rot, because he has been getting hosed off almost every day after we ride. Could that be it? it kinda looks like rain rot on his back area, but not really the spots on his chest and neck. he also has been getting hives like a week before he started loosing hair if that might have had anything to do with it. we just had the vet out and he got all his shots, he is on a good feed, and i know my saddle fits well. I did just switch back to his old neoprene pad…Could that be it? he has used it before without a problem though so idk? I have absolutely no clue what it could be, and what could be causing it…does anyone else know what it is, and how should go about treating it? I attached some pictures of some of the spots:
Recom. getting him to a vet for a diagnosis.
It does indeed look like rain rot but it could be a fungal infection.
He would be picking up the spores from the ground when he rolls.
I would give him a good bath with selsun blue or head and shoulders then get that fung-away stuff.( I think there is a product called fungistan too)
Looks like water but it really does work.
I would also add extra b-complex vitamins to his feed-they will help his body overcome this yuck.
If it doesn't start clearing up in about a week, you might want to have the vet take a skin scraping-that will definitively identify what the problem is.
It sounds and looks to me, as if your Horse has a nervous condition. Just like us people. has there been a change in his environment, or feed. I hate saying this, but my Mare had a similar problem and it was from over brushing, and the fly spray I was using. if it is nerves, you may ask your Vet for something that can cure this up, because it sounds like you take excellent care of your Horse. Also check on the shampoo you may be using, or anything that may have given him an allergic reaction to.
my AQHA gelding got the same thing on his fore head and back try some show sheen on it and it should get better (idk what it's called though sorry) also my appaloosa gelding got this and it worked on him. the hives could be an allergic reaction. another one of my horses is allergic to the flyspray you could check that.
ok most horses loose there winter coat onc the weather is warmer like in the sprie also had some of those thing but it was nothing when all of his winter coat fell off he looked real nice and no longer did he have that. of your concerned though you should ask a veterinarian.
We just had this run through our herd last fall. what we had got to be pretty severe but with all the pro cautions we took we easily battled it and it was gone between a month and two months and their hair grew back just fine. we quarantined the horses that were showing signs of the infection and washed them down good and hard. then we took the non infected ones and washed them and placed them in a new pasture. we had a vet come out and take a look and they had lice and mange from some kind of wild animal infected with it (fox,coyote,raccoon etc.) run through the pasture and then the horses passing through the grass and catching it.
It was highly highly contagious to even humans so we had special clothes and gloves and always took boiling hot showers after touching them. the difference between what we had and what you have in the pictures is they had bigger patches and especially down there legs and around their hooves you could see where these discusting parasites were eating away at their flesh and at one point we could see them running around through it. they were whitish clearish.
So I'm going to guess that's what your horse caught but you caught it early. we would wash the horses everyday and spray the patches with red coat heavily and we put a medicated lubricant given to us by the vet on over it. Let's just hope that's not what you have but it does look like the beginning. good luck.