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    Default Odd question about "mane" hair

    There is a pony in the local pony club who has an odd thing going on. I have never seen or heard about this before:

    The pony has "Mane" hair about 6 inches back from where the back of the saddle would sit. The mane hair runs down his spine towards his tail for about 4 inches. Its also about 4 inches long.

    What do you all think this could be caused from. He hasn't been clipped but he shedded out very nice and this hair is not body hair at all. Isn't tail hair either as it matches his mane perfectly.

    Any ideas? Im interested to hear what people have to say.



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    I'm not sure I can help, but am curious to see a picture!
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    I will see if the owner can send me a pic of it.



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    How fascinating. I'm assuming this isn't a one-time thing, and that he's been like this all his life?

    I guess it's like some of them ending up with teeth in their ears--something gets rearraged at a cellular level in early development?



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    That sounds SUPER weird, and I SO want to see a pic!!!
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    WOAHHHH wait. . . . ear teeth?! please tell me that doesn't happen!

    As for the hair, it seems funny to just all of a sudden appear one season. But then again this is the first summer my appy has spots. Who knows! we did have kinda funky seasons!



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    Not sure what it's caused by, but I know of a gelding who has this as well, mane hair about halfway down his back, about a 4" chunk and it grows fairly long.



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    I've heard of this before, too, along with the same sort of hair along the midline of the belly. I don't think it's TOO terribly unusual, and does not indicate that anything is wrong. I think it's most often seen in hairy, hardy type horses.



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    Hmm, interesting. I would love to see pics, although I have no idea what would cause it. Is it a new development or has the horse always had it?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellissimo View Post
    WOAHHHH wait. . . . ear teeth?! please tell me that doesn't happen!
    Does too! I know someone who's mare had to have surgery to remove ear teeth
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    I've heard that this is a "primitive feature" like dorsal stripes and the such only less common. I've seen it in zebras before and heard of some horses presenting with it all the way down their backs!!!
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    I don't think this is the first year the pony has gotten the hair but I am unsure how long they have owned him. Somehow it almost reminds me of a pilonidal cyst. Only it didn't cause a cyst. Just the extra hair follicles just grew!



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    Never saw THAT before, but my guess would be a few tail hair follicles grew in the wrong place in-utero. Have some fun with it--make him a little funky topknot or something--would totally freak people out!

    Pictures, please!

    Weirdest thing I ever saw was a school pony we used to have, who had sustained a coronet injury at some point resulting in his constant growing of a big bony "toe," like something prehistoric, straight out above his hoof. THAT used to freak people out, too--and he wasn't fond of me taking it off with the nippers.



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    I seem to recall seeing a reprint of an old circus poster advertising a horse with a mane extending along it entire back...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellissimo View Post
    WOAHHHH wait. . . . ear teeth?! please tell me that doesn't happen!
    Checks date, Nope not April 1st....EAR TEETH.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    Does too! I know someone who's mare had to have surgery to remove ear teeth
    It's so they can hear "sound bites" better...



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    Quote Originally Posted by jetsmom View Post
    It's so they can hear "sound bites" better...
    Crap, do you know how sticky a mouthful of vodka and OJ makes a keyboard? Not to mention the waste of a damn good vodka
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    I thought ear teeth or at least some other odd placements of structures was an absorbed twin, at least in humans.



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    Ear teeth: google "dentigerous cyst equine"

    Also google "teratoma" - it's a weird tumor that can have hair and teeth in it!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Haffy View Post
    Checks date, Nope not April 1st....EAR TEETH.....
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