Agree with mroades. One of my horses is VERY sensitive. She is probably allergic to her own hair! All kidding aside. Scrub her face with a scrubby mitt and some iodine shampoo. See if that clears it up. It will take some time for the hair to grow back.
Last edited by JLC7898; Jul. 19, 2009 at 08:06 PM.
My mare lost the hair around where the buckles were laying against her skin. I just got her a halter with a different type of metal buckle (a silver color instead of the brass she was apparently allergic to).
My horse's hair is very sensitive too. He gets hair loss around his eyes and the bridle areas. This is going to sound weird and gross, but if you wash your horse's face with excaliber (yes, the sheath cleaner) and a rubber scrubby after every ride, the hair should start to grow back in just a few days. It really helps to clean out the sweat and dirt. You just have to keep his face clean with soap and water after that, which should prevent further hair loss.
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If not, it is from the sweat that builds up under the bridle. It is important to get your horse used to the hose being on his face. At least wipe her down with a wet towel. Your horse will learn to like this. Loosing hair and being sweaty is not comfortable for her. I'm almost certain this is not an allergy or fungus, just built up sweat especially because you mentioned along the brow band and cheek pieces.
I just Novalson for hair growth, after a good scrubbing with your favorite disinfectant.
Is she a chestnut? Do you live in a hot climate? The reason I ask is when I lived in Alabama, I found it was very common to see chestnuts lose some of their facial hair during the damper warmer summers. Mostly on the forehead though. I would say it was caused by uncleanliness, which it might have been in some cases, but one horse was owned by an anal mommy who was also a groom for a certain Olympic rider, so I don't think that was his case...
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my bright sorrel anhydrotic guy would start off his coat issues with facial balding. At the very least I'd give this horse a nice bath with Vetrolin (seems to calm my guy's skin down). gently work it it, let it sit, and rinse well.