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Laura McGovern
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Username: mcgover

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Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Sunday, Nov 18, 2007 - 6:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I just went down to ride my mare who is pastured with another mare & 2 geldings and she had a big horse bite on the base of the tail all the way down to the skin. It had already started scabbing but all the hair that was there was barely intact so i removed it and now she has a bald spot about the size of a half dollar. Will her tail grow back on this spot.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Monday, Nov 19, 2007 - 7:07 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Welcome to posting Laura,
Depending on the nature and depth of the wound you may end up with a small hairless scar but the majority will grow back where the skin heals and grows back. It will be slow and even delayed until the next "hair growth cycle".
DrO
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Laura McGovern
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Posted on Saturday, Nov 24, 2007 - 12:39 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks Dr O. Do i need to worry about "frostbite" on that area? I live in CO and it is getting pretty cold at night here and I don't normally blanket my horses.
Thanks,
Laura
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 - 7:09 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

If there is a partially attached flap I think there should be increased concern, otherwise no. Though in very cold temperatures it may heal faster if kept warmer.
DrO
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