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ali.kismet
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:55 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi
my 3yo mare had full mane on both sides when she came to me 6 months ago but is loosing mane on a small part of her neck now and the rest is getting thiner. I think she is pulling it out as she s walking under low tree branches. I have seen it before on other shires. My question is : could it be anything else? Nutrition? Can I somehow help her to grow her mane back? Btw. we dont have problems with mites.
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RutlandH2O
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:57 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Have you had your mare checked for sweet itch? What does her tail look like? Has she lost any hair from the top of her tail where it meets her body?

Are you up to date with her worming? Do you do fecal egg counts?

Are you in the UK or the States?

What do you feed your mare?

I know I've asked several questions, but their answers could be associated with her hair loss.
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ali.kismet
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:42 am Reply with quoteBack to top

No, she has no sweet itch or mites and her tail is nice and thick as well as her feathers. She is being wormed regularly. We live in east Europe but she came from the UK. She is now on pasture + hay but other than than most of the year is getting soaked sugar beet, yeast, minerals and other as needed.

I would be grateful if you could list some reasons for loosing mane other those youve already suggested and I will check on it.

PS she hasnt lost her mane entirely, it just went from a long nice mane on both sides to a few cm short hair on a small portion of her neck, half of the remaining mane is still looking quite ok and is long.

Do you have any nutritional advice for nice mane and tail? Or use any special preparations?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:23 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Is your mare itchy, especially along her mane? I'm going to mention something that is not commonly suggested in the UK, because it's not supposed to be a UK problem. Can you have your vet check for Onchocerca Cervicalis Microfilariae, otherwise referred to as Neck Threadworm? I've been told that it's not found in UK horses. However, at an equine slaughter house near London, a few horses have been found to harbour this parasitic filarial worm. It is possible that those horses came from outside the UK, but research has shown the parasite is found worldwide.

The threadworms live in the nucal ligament along the line of the mane. It can be treated with ivermectin in two double doses. See next paragraph for a source for the proper dosage and repeat treatment.

There is a very informative thread in the Chronicles of the Horse forum, detailing the symptoms and treatment of neck threadworm. I believe the post was started by a forum member known as Chocomare. I have found that forum extremely informative on many levels. It is very easy and free to join.

Another source of valuable information is The Horse.com. Again, free and easy to join.

One other thought...is your mare in contact with a large number of feral pigeons? I ask because I have recently had a particularly baffling experience with a mare who started losing her mane and tail (it was NOT Sweet Itch), and who was rubbing hair off her face and head. We tested her for EVERYTHING, including doing biopsies on the areas in question. She was shampooed with no end of specialist potions and lotions, all to no avail. She was found to be borderline Cushingoid and put on Prascend, but there was no change in symptoms. One day, a new vet came to give her an injection and noticed we had dozens of feral pigeons roosting in the very high beams of our pole barn (we over-winter our Shires in this vast pole barn, which is very well-ventilated and open to the elements for excellent air exchange). We were aware of the birds and were diligent in removing their faecal matter during our daily mucking out. This vet felt certain that the mare was sensitive to the birds' feather dander and faeces. Her suggestion was to cull the birds. Seeing as we had been trying to solve the problem of the mares' symptoms for over a year, we hired a marksman. He came in the evening, on two occasions a few days apart, while the birds were roosting. We removed the four horses, and, using a silencer on his weapon, he picked off 54 birds the first evening and 29 birds the next time. It was quiet, without any drama, and quite efficient. Following the cull, we removed every piece of loose hay, cardboard bedding, dust, cobwebs, feeders, and water troughs. We vacuumed every surface, then scrubbed everything in sight with disinfectant. Bingo! We nailed it. The mare stopped itching, started growing her mane and tail within weeks. Every rubbed area of her head and face grew hair and soon it was impossible to find where she had had the bald spots.

I hope the above has been of some help to you. If nothing else, the websites I mentioned might give you some guidance.

Good luck.
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