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Ann Schrichte
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Username: Annes

Post Number: 78
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 - 11:41 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

This year after shedding his winter coat, my 22 yr TB has about 8 small spots of white hair in his bay coat sprinkled over one shoulder and no where else. They are each the size of the tip of my little finger. I know sometimes hair comes back white after a wound but I don't know of anything that happened. I am sure it isn't anything to be concerned over -in fact, everyone that sees it thinks a bird has splattered him! I am just curious if anyone knows what causes this. I assume it will not go away once the white hair has come in. -Ann.
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Lisa Brand
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Username: Trouble

Post Number: 90
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 - 1:47 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ann,

my bay QH has a very tiny white spot on his side. I had always heard the same thing about an injury, but I have never noticed any in this area before. This tiny speck actually grows longer than the rest of his coat. I usually take scissors and cut it close. You can't even tell it's there, but it does continue to grow out and I cut it occasionally. Weird, huh?
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Ann Schrichte
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Post Number: 79
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Posted on Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 - 4:40 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Lisa,
Now that you have told me, I will watch to see if Monte's white spots grow longer than the rest of his coat. I remember a post here about a year or so ago about white spots but I could not find it when I searched. On Monte it is very noticeable. -Ann
P.S. Isn't it funny how we want to know about these things in our horses but if I wondered about every age spot/mole/bump/bite that I had, I would be calling the dr. every day! ha.
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Lisa Brand
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Posted on Friday, Apr 22, 2005 - 11:53 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I am laughing with you, Ann!!!! My husband jokes that I sometimes worry more about the horses than the kids!!

Lisa
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Erin L Chien
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Username: Erinport

Post Number: 29
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, Apr 22, 2005 - 3:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Ann-

Now, I'm not totally experienced, but is there any chance it was a very mild case of rain rot? My gelding got just the very mildest case of rain rot this winter, and his little spots of skin and hair (about as big around as a pencil eraser) that fell off have now grown back white. He's a totally black horse. The rain rot went away on its own. Maybe the white hair will always be there, maybe not.

I've also heard of older horses developing white "lacing" in their coats as they mature. Any chance this is the first stage of lacing?
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Ann Schrichte
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Username: Annes

Post Number: 81
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Posted on Friday, Apr 22, 2005 - 5:28 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Erin-
It could be. I did notice last night he has several other white spots scattered on his rump that I did not see before. I do know it is new this year. My mare who is the same age does not have any spots and she is sorrel.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 12655
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 - 11:20 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

This is a often observed phenomenea, run a search on "bird spots" or "birdspots".
DrO
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regn
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Registered: 12-2009
Posted on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 - 3:35 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

someone suggested spots were caused by a mineral imbalance - I have not heard that -is it true or possible? Another person suggested a small parasite - if that is true which specific parasite would it be? thanks for any insight.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 25089
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Posted on Saturday, Aug 14, 2010 - 8:05 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Almost everything is possible regn but mineral imbalance and small parasites are unlikely causes of white spots without other clinical signs.
DrO
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