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  • SuzieQNutter
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    Originally posted by Karak View Post
    @suzieQnutter

    Whats that?
    Maybe you don't have it over there. I
    Lantana is a plant with some colorful flowers. I believe it was introduced to Australia by gardeners.

    It is a pest plant and then they introduced the lantana beetle to fight it. I think the plant is winning.
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  • Karak
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    NaturallyHappy

    Yep, I have used that in the past, and I do believe a shampoo made it worse the first time. Used mane and tail (her first bath in a while since it was so cold) And the day after it got worse 🤔 I’ll look into that... her fur sure got half thinner after the bath.

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  • Karak
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    hybriseris

    Agreed. It’s so so weird 🙁 Seen thousands of horses and nothing like this 🤪

    Yes, she has 20 acres of forest and pasture she gets turned out to. And the stalls are made from telephone poles, which one horse did give himself a little bald spot from.

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  • Karak
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    @suzieQnutter

    Whats that?

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  • Karak
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    Bluey

    oh that’s way cheaper! Ok I’ll try that. I don't believe it’s herda, as it changes so often, but I am going to test to make sure 😄

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  • SuzieQNutter
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    Lantana also causes photosensitivity.

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  • hybriseris
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    Would echo the sentiment to have her tested as soon as possible.

    If not HERDA, from what I can see in that pic the skin underneath looks like it might be really irritated and red. Is she turned out somewhere she can rub herself against something in that spot? IF not HERDA, almost looks like whatever recurring issue she's having is bothering the crap out of her. My lease mare has environmental allergies, and rubbed her neck on the fence so bad that one day she was fine, saw her the next day and she'd made herself a nice bald patch. Possible the change was so dramatic because she attempted to scrape herself on something, hence the missing hair.

    As for the return of the wrinkles, time for test & vet check again.

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  • NaturallyHappy
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    We brought a horse home from the track who was covered in fungus. I think that is about the time Equus came out w their products, so I used the fungal shampoo they recommended on this horse. He peeled like a grape. Several times. I called them and they said they’d never heard of that happening. I did some research- it’s a bit like Zimectrin Gold, I think. Anyway, if you don’t have a diagnosis yet and you used that product, it might be the culprit. Hope this helps someone.
    Last edited by NaturallyHappy; Mar. 26, 2020, 09:32 AM.

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  • Bluey
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    Originally posted by Karak View Post
    cutter99 Yes I am going to after the quarantine here. I hadn’t tested previously as the test was very expensive, and the problem went away until today.
    The test is $40:

    https://vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/horse.php

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  • Karak
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    cutter99 Yes I am going to after the quarantine here. I hadn’t tested previously as the test was very expensive, and the problem went away until today.

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  • cutter99
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    Did you ever have her tested for HERDA? This could be a sign of it.

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  • Karak
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    Could use more advice:

    Her neck was significantly less wrinkly and 100% furred. But OVERNIGHT her neck ended up like this: thin fur and thicker wrinkles:

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  • Karak
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    UPDATE:

    It’s been a while since I posted, and Dawn has gained 100+ pounds and has become a beautiful horse! Her conformation is now amazing... well besides her neck. It’s such a mystery.

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  • Karak
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    S1969

    Agreed, I’m going to have her tested for it.

    It would make a difference because in some cases, a horse is so malnourished it develops loose skin where it lost mass. Her neck was unproportional and super thin at the time.

    The frequent baths where necessary so I could apply a treatment and wash it off.

    I believe it was similar to probiotics, basically different things to aid digestion. 😁

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  • S1969
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    Originally posted by Karak View Post
    The results are in!

    The vet confirms it’s a severe sunburn with the possibility of HERDA. He wants to see her gain more weight and muscle before he decides what exactly causes her sensitive and extra wrinkly skin.

    The treatment: keep the affected area out of the sun, apply some ointment, and give frequent baths. I bought a slinky that perfectly goes around her white area so she can still be outside without the sun harming her so much. The severity of the sunburn was a result of the extreme summer we’ve had in Texas in addition to her previous malnutrition. It appeared worse with the wrinkles and already sensitive skin, and the dead skin pealing off.

    On the positive side, after two months since she was last weighed at the vet she has gained 116 pounds!!!

    Shes already looking better ☺️
    I agree that testing for HERDA would save you a lot of guessing if it's that simple. What difference would it make if she gains more weight or not?

    What is the purpose of frequent baths?

    Did you find out what the "drench" is?

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  • jvanrens
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    Glad to read that it's "just" sunburn. HERDA is an easy test, just sending off hair samples (mane or tail) with the root attached to UC Davis. How old do you estimate she is? Double HERDA horses don't usually have a long life.

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  • SummerRose
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    My paint cross mare is perfectly healthy other than her propensity to burn. Some horses just seem to be more sensitive to sun than others. Having a sunburn-prone horse can be a pain but hopefully there's nothing more wrong with your horse.

    I thought of your post when I pulled my mare's sheet off on Sat. She has permanently thickened and wrinkled skin on her neck from prior burns so don't be surprised if your mare ends up with some extra wrinkles, too. (Fortunately, my mare doesn't seem to notice the wrinkles ... she's spoiled but I draw the line at Botox. 😄)

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  • Karak
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    The results are in!

    The vet confirms it’s a severe sunburn with the possibility of HERDA. He wants to see her gain more weight and muscle before he decides what exactly causes her sensitive and extra wrinkly skin.

    The treatment: keep the affected area out of the sun, apply some ointment, and give frequent baths. I bought a slinky that perfectly goes around her white area so she can still be outside without the sun harming her so much. The severity of the sunburn was a result of the extreme summer we’ve had in Texas in addition to her previous malnutrition. It appeared worse with the wrinkles and already sensitive skin, and the dead skin pealing off.

    On the positive side, after two months since she was last weighed at the vet she has gained 116 pounds!!!

    Shes already looking better ☺️

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