Tiny white dots appearing on solid colored horses ? ?
This is the second time, first was a plain bay, now a chestnut, that a solid colored horse has suddenly had a multitude of tiny white dots appear out of nowwhere. All over the body even on the back of ears ! Then they go away after a month or two - very weird. Is this indicative of anything wrong ? Someone mentioned a liver/ or kidney prob, possibly solved by adding vitamin E and selenium to the diet ? Anyone else experienced this ? What was the cause ? Both horses are completely heathly and in good weight etc.
A chestnut mare at our barn exhibits quite a few of these spots that come and go randomly. The owner was very relieved to find out that they were benign and actually had a name (Birdcatcher spots) to go along with the condition.
When things are particularly dull at the barn, one can always spent the time counting these spots.
My chestnut TB mare has been displaying these for the last few years. I don't usually notice them in the summer when she has shed out, but when her coat gets longer, and they are in different spots. She has never had alot of them just a few in random areas.
I've got a chestnut OTTB who came with white spots on one side of the girth area, behind the right elbow. I wasn't sure at first if they were caused by a poorly-fitting girth or rubbing at the track, but he's also started developing other Birdcatcher spots in places where no tack ever touches. It looks like the girth-area ones might be permanent, but we'll have to see about the others as they just started showing up this summer.
My friend's chestnut horses used to get spots. We finally correlated it to the use of Alushield spray. The spots would go away, he would get a cut that was treated with Alushield and the spots would come back. Since this occurred on both of her chestnut horses, that is how we came to our conclusion. The product never did this on my bay mare. Go figure?
My liver chestnut Morgan/Welsh pony got them around age 6, had a ton for a while, and now at 13 they have almost all faded. My dark bay TB grew in her summer coat this year at age 8 and had a bunch pop out. I don't think they are indicative of any problem or diet deficiency. Just Birdcatcher spots, and they look kind of cool