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#1 Kira

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:49 PM

8 years ago when I got Kira, the first time I bathed her I found one or two white spots on her with pink skin. They are dime sized at most. Every year when I bathe her I seem to find more. I thought for a long time that I was just not remembering them, or didn't notice them before. But this year, she doesn't even have to be wet to find new ones. Almost all of them are nearly perfect circles anywhere from dime sized to quarter sized. There are a LOT more of them this year. And it isn't that they are just getting easier to notice, because she is grey, and getting lighter every year, so they should be HARDER to notice. One of the new ones was even visible this past winter with her winter woolies on. Is this just some weird color thing, or some kind of pigment disorder or ???????
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#2 TripleHFarm

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:01 PM

i'd guess pigmant
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#3 Mystic Rose

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:45 PM

Sounds like birdcatcher spots, its just that on a grey they aren't regularly visible cause the hair is still white.

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#4 D Taylor

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 04:38 PM

Goggle leucoderma.



#5 windridge

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 04:48 PM

Pinking syndrome

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#6 windyacres

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 06:26 AM

Feed her Vitamin E and Selenium, it should help. My 24 year old pinto gelding got them on his face when he was 8 yrs old and I fed him Vitamin E and Selenium and they gradually went away. He never had them again. Worth a try.
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#7 Kira

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 06:47 AM

Thanks for the info. She gets Selenium already - we are in the Northwest where Selenium supplementation is a must. A couple of years ago she got a couple of pink spots around one eye. At first I thought they were scrapes, but they stayed. They are slowly turning back to black, so I'm guessing the body spots are related to these. Do the Birdcatcher spots have pink skin under them, or are they just white hair? I'm kind of leaning towards leucoderma, which I assume is the same as 'pinking syndrome'.
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 07:07 AM

Leukoderma is about the same as pinking syndrome. From what I understand pinking is genetic and a vet told me a few years ago that if the pink is only on the face it is probably nutritional but if they also have body spots then most likely genetic.
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#9 D Taylor

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 07:32 AM

You might have more luck seaching Appaloosa forums and threads as progessive cases of leucoderma are more common in that breed. But from what I understand genetics, sun damage, onchocerca infestations and a few more things can contribute to leucoderma.

I have seen it in other breeds. Generally grey horses and notably some horses that also had sweet itch. So for me just another reason to not adhere totally to FEC and deworm per results as onchocerca (neck thread worms) and several other parasites not found by FEC exist and proliferate here.

Also saw it decades ago in a solid chest nut appy mare. At 10 she started getting tiny white dots all over her body. Owner was thrilled....but I fear she had more going on than being a "late bloomer" so to speak.

Does your horse have other skin issues?

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:26 AM

Can you post a picture of some of these spots?