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  1. #1
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    Default equine vitiligo?

    what do you think?
    http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff159/amy1507/ghost/

    Seems like a definite loss of melanin. I know horses can have vitiligo but I've only ever seen or heard of it occuring around the eyes/muzzle



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    Default might be low copper,

    Quote Originally Posted by Amyy View Post
    what do you think?
    http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff159/amy1507/ghost/

    Seems like a definite loss of melanin. I know horses can have vitiligo but I've only ever seen or heard of it occuring around the eyes/muzzle
    You sometimes see this with low copper. I'd try a supplement containing copper, such as LinPro.
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    I have heard that vitiligo is an auto-immune disorder.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Androcles View Post
    I have heard that vitiligo is an auto-immune disorder.

    yes, it is. Similar to alopecia (which I have) I just wasn't sure if this is vitiligo or not.

    Melyni, thanks for the suggestion!



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    We had a solid chestnut mare at the barn two summers ago who is a papered morgan with no outbreeding. She is chestnut in the winter, and developed random white spots all over her body two summers ago. Big ones, ALL OVER (not just muzzle/eyes, though she had some there as well). The vet suspected a mineral deficiency (cannot recall what the deficiency was) and started the mare on a supplement. The white spots disappeared and did not come back this summer.
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