Last Updated on March 2, 2022 by Allison Price
It’s the time of year when we enjoy the last days before the cold days of autumn. The humidity in the fall season is high, which can cause your horse to become dehydrated. Also, the temperature drops at night. Your horse’s barn is home to many insects that are well aware of the approaching fall season and how short their lives are. They spend the rest of their time annoying your horse. Your favorite horse is covered in dandruff before you even realize what’s happening.
Horses are prone to mystery hair loss and dandruff
Dandruff is the same as that in humans and other animals. Dandruff, which is simply defined as a form of eczema, causes sudden shedding of skin that results in the flaking of skin cells. Although mainly affecting the horse’s tail or mane, it can also affect other parts of the horse’s skin. Dandruff can be a sign of internal or external ill-health in your horse. The horse’s largest organ is his skin. It is the most important indicator of his overall health.
What causes mysterious hair loss in horses?
There are many reasons horses can get dandruff. Dandruff in horses is a itchy skin condition that usually resolves on its own. It is not life-threatening, but it should be addressed immediately. Dandruff can cause discomfort for horses by causing itching and constant scratching. This can lead to dry patches, cuts, scrapes, and even the loss of hair and tail.
Dandruff can be dominant in some breeds, such as Arabians and Thoroughbreds. Horses can develop dandruff from a variety of reasons.
Diet– The diet plays a major role in mystery hair loss and dandruff. Your horse may develop allergies to certain ingredients or have issues with the diet. It is also possible that the diet lacks essential nutrients like omega oil, fat, or vitamins that help maintain healthy skin and coat. The outer skin of an organ is responsible for protecting all biological processes and internal organs. Dandruff can occur if there’s an imbalance. Make sure your horse has the right nutrients and vitamins.
Seasonal Allergies Horses can also suffer from allergies. These allergies can cause skin problems and affect the horse’s immune system. Rolling in the pasture can cause skin irritations and your horse could even get allergic reactions.
Hormonal changes – Hormonal changes can lead to skin conditions. Hormonal changes can cause hives and acne in humans. Hormonal changes in horses or humans can cause hormonal imbalances.
Weather The weather can also cause dandruff. It is possible for the weather to increase skin dryness and dehydrate horses. Horses experience greater sweating during high humidity periods, which can lead to significant water loss. The skin and hair can become dry if the water supply is not replenished. The skin can also become dry from extreme cold or hot temperatures. Even wind and winter elements can cause irritation to the skin.
Immune system – A horse with a weak immune system is more likely to have a compromised body, making it difficult for him to function at the cellular level. Stress, infection, and allergies can all affect the immune system of horses.
Poor grooming – Although your horse may run to the fields to play in the dirt, it is still important to groom him regularly. If you don’t groom your horse properly, it can lead to the buildup dirt, dead skin cells, and hair, as well as more serious conditions like rain rot, mild, or fungus, which all contribute to dandruff.
Over bathing – This is when over bathing should be considered in relation to weather conditions. Constant bathing and drying your horse can cause irritation. The horse’s skin protects the body. However, the body produces natural oils that help keep the skin hydrated. Natural oils help to keep hair and skin hydrated, and protect them from the elements. Although bathing your horse might seem like a way to moisturize the skin, the chemicals in the water can actually cause dry skin. You should add soap or body wash to the water to ensure that your horse doesn’t lose its natural oils and is replenished.
Infestation Horse owners fear infestation. Horse owners don’t want to have to deal with an infestation in their horse’s mane or tail. Dandruff can be caused by insects, fleas and ticks attached to your horse’s neck.
Unfitting Equipment – Irritation can result from wearing any piece of tack or equipment on your horse. A horse’s skin can be irritated by equipment that isn’t fitted properly. This category includes halters, winter blankets, bridles and girths. Worse, your horse may be contributing to the problem by trying to alleviate the itching.
What are the Treatment Options
Even though good grooming habits are the best way to maintain healthy skin, even the most well-groomed horse can get dandruff. Neem Oil and Medicated horse Shampoo have been shown to be effective in preventing hair loss.
I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!