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I found this weird skin condition on my horse the other day (its located on the lower part of his flank). I found the same thing on the back of his rump a month prior to this. That old one healed so well I can’t even find a hint of it being there in the first place.
The fact that it has occurred twice now, and only on his near side, is it something I should be very concerned about? Has anyone seen something like this before?
I’ve touched it, ran a body brush over it (accidentally), put pressure on it and he could not have cared less.
He wears his outdoor rug pretty much 24/7, (we live in Ireland and its pretty cold), and is stabled at night. Could it be his rug rubbing?
Any help and advice would be great! 🙂
It looks like a really bad rub to me. Perhaps a fleece liner might help. Polar fleece is softer and less abrasive. Or, it could be that the blanket you are using doesn’t fit well.
It is never the horse's fault
This is constantly happening to my horse also. He is an Arabian appaloosa mix, and this happens during the summertime. I’m not sure what it is, but it helps if I bathe him often and keep a fly sheet on so the sun is not directly hitting it. I’m not sure what causes this!
This could be one of a couple things. The first thing I would say you should do is get a worm count. Your horse could have ringworm.
Second check the blanket for fit. Put it on and have someone else walk him around. Watch to see if the blanket moves with your horse’s movement as he walks or if it rubs and makes a swishy sound. If that is the case you need a new blanket.
you should also make sure your blanket isn’t letting water in or trapping sweat, creating a constant wet environment that allows for the grow of nasty bacteria like rain rot. Also make sure your blanket is clean and free of dirt or sweat which could also cause rubs, especially if your horse lives in it 24/7
I think it is most likely a worm and this will be shown by a decal test. A call to your vet may be in order.
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