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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug. 25, 2009

    Question Skin falling off in chunks!?

    Two weeks ago my horse had to go down to the equine hospital for a few days since he had a huge impaction. He's doing much better, but today I noticed that his skin (including the hair on it) is starting to break off in large pieces (maybe 1 inch by .5 inch) on various parts of his body. The skin underneath is smooth and only has a little hair.

    I'm thinking he probably had his immune system compromised, but what the heck is going on? He's always had a good coat before, so I don't know what to make of it. Since I don't know what's wrong, I'm not sure how to go about treating it either.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug. 2, 2005
    Oak Harbor


    How old is said horse, and does he happen to be AQHA, APHA, ApHC, or a grade?
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug. 25, 2009


    My horse is a 19 year old TB gelding. He's never had any sort of skin condition in the 4 years I've had him, so I'm totally baffled.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul. 21, 2003
    St Aug, Fla


    When my boarders horse had to go to the hospital due to a sand colic, he was heavily oiled. I noticed the areas where the oil got on his coat caused the skin/hair to peel off, like a hide, and the skin under it was nice and soft with a thin coat of new hair.

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