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Skin And Hair (Integument) System And Diseases In Horses

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*An Introduction To The Horse Skin And Hair (Integument) System And Diseases

The purposes of skin and hair are many and equally important.  They keep everything inside in and everything outside out. It grows hair and adds fat to keep us warm and it sweats to keep us cool.  It senses movement and helps to feel the blades of grass that are succulent.  It shakes off flies and screams for attention when it is damaged.  It remains flexible around joints but firm over muscles and the face.

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Abnormal Skin Features

This topic covers anything that isn’t considered normal on the skin of the horse and is not categorized into another topic.

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Anhidrosis (Non-sweating horses)

No one has determined why some horses in the same environment stop sweating while others do sweat but we know that every horse is different with different responses to triggers. And no one (to my knowledge) has determined the mechanism behind anhydrosis.
Accidentally we have found a cure that seems to work in every horse we try it with and we need your help to give us more examples of this treatment’s success.

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Aural Plaques

Aural plaques affect one or both ears creating a thick white crust inside the ear.

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Dependent Edema

Blood, like any liquid, falls to the lowest point. When the liquid part of blood leaks out of the blood vessels, it always gravitates to the low point. It is usually a sign of general body inflammation that caused the vessels to leak.

read more

Depigmentation (Leukotrichia)

The cause for the horse’s skin to lose color in patches of hair in one spot or throughout its body is not common and is still without explanation.

read more

Equine Sarcoid

Equine Sarcoid is a benign tumor of the skin of the horse that is very common, usually limiting itself to above the knee and forward of the girth.

read more

Habronemiasis (Summer Sores)

Inflammation caused by the biting stable fly that deposits the larvae of the habronema nematode producing moist sores on the eyes, mouth, nostrils, foreskin, and wounds.

read more

Hives

Hives are small to medium sized flat lumps that occur locally or all over the horse’s body.

read more

Insect Sensitivity

Insect sensitivity can range in degrees between different horses from mild to severe but is always during fly season.

read more

Melanoma

Melanoma in horses is usually a benign tumor of the black skin of horses that occurs in many areas of the horse’s body but doesn’t metastasize.

read more

Normal Hair Loss

Foals are born with a lot of hair that falls off during the spring and summer months. Recognizing this as a natural process will alleviate anxiety in a new foal owner.

read more

Partial Skin Thickness Wounds

Surgery topics are items that help the horse owner understand the fundamentals behind wounds and surgical lesions in horses. This particular topic needs some information and the images updated. I am aiming for the end of September. Thank you for your patience.

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Pressure Sores

When body weight is applied to the skin area for a prolonged period of time, the skin actually dies from the pressure placed upon it creating pressure sores.

read more

Proud Flesh

This is a replay of a HorseTalk™ webcast. Be sure to enroll in the next one and join Doc T live.

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Puncture Wounds

Puncture wounds can be invisible and inoculate the area with bacteria. If left untreated the infection can kill your horse. A tetanus vaccination is essential for puncture wounds.

read more

Pythiosis

This severe disease is often confused with habronemiasis which is also commonly called summer sores. This is a fungus based, highly invasive cancer that can affect a horse anywhere on its body.

read more

Rain Rot (Dermatophilosis)

Small, raised scabs on the back of a horse have a bacteria causing the lesion. The treatments recommended usually don’t cover the cause.

read more

Ringworm (dermatophytosis)

Fungal infections can affect the skin of the horse and is contagious between horses and humans. There is usually an immunosuppression factor involved.

read more

Scratches Or Grease Heel

Dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin, on the back side of the pastern can become severe in some horses. The usual treatments do not address the cause.

read more

Sheath Edema

The sheath is at the farthest point from the heart and damage to the blood flow in castrated males can sometimes prevent the normal flow of blood leading to swelling (edema) of the sheath.

read more

Skin Abscesses

The purpose of an abscess is to move a foreign material that is inside the body to the outside. When this occurs, it is said to be draining and is a natural and end-stage process.

read more

Skin Lumps

In vet school I learned that a lump is a lump until proven otherwise. Only a biopsy can determine or confirm a diagnosis.

read more

Skin Scars

Scars occur during healing of full thickness skin wounds including surgery. They can range from unseen but felt to hairless, depigmented masses.

read more

Tack Injury

Skin rubs occur either acutely from trauma or insidiously through wear against objects such as tack, blankets, or the environment.

read more

Tail Rubbing

Tail rubbing is common in stabled and non-stabled horses and the cause is simple as well as the solution. The frayed hairs at the tail head is evidence although most horses uncontrollably itch their rear ends in front of you.

read more

Trauma Wounds

Traumatic wounds are different from surgical wounds for one major reason. The underlying trauma to the soft tissue complicates healing that is beyond the wound created by a sharp scalpel guided carefully by a surgeon’s hand.

read more

Unknown Skin Lesions

Most skin diseases in horses are ignored and random treatments are applied or the lesion is ignored. Here are a few of these.

read more

Warts

Warts are virus caused growths on the skin usually on young horses and usually on the lips and muzzle.

read more

Wire Wounds

Wire wounds are difficult because of the underlying soft tissue damage that wants to slough off before the wound can close.

read more

Posts

A Better Approach To Parasite Control

From an email to me: Hi Dr. Tucker, Yes, I wonder about your recommendations per worming horses. It is springtime. I would think worming will change the pH of the stomach, so want some input as to how to proceed. Thanks. My response: Life is always a balance between...

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No Sweat!

I mean, no sweat as in your horse has stopped sweating. For anyone in the latitudes where it never gets above 85 degrees F or the humidity is moderate, you will never know what I’m talking about. I wish I had a picture of the first horse I had actually known with...

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Sweating Again In 3 Days – Testimonial

This is areport from the owner of a 27 year horse being fed with care but will not sweat in the summer heat. “I know you wanted an update on how he was doing so this is what I’ve got so far: Well, we’ve completed the 1 week “diet reset” where I...

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Podcasts

Wounds In Horses-Podcast #043

This is a review of what kind of wounds occur in the horse, what needs to be done about them and how to make them heal with the best possible outcomes. In a nutshell, there are partial skin thickness wounds and full thickness wounds. Partial skin thickness wounds can...

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Webinars

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Topics

*An Introduction To The Horse Skin And Hair (Integument) System And Diseases

The purposes of skin and hair are many and equally important.  They keep everything inside in and everything outside out. It grows hair and adds fat to keep us warm and it sweats to keep us cool.  It senses movement and helps to feel the blades of grass that are succulent.  It shakes off flies and screams for attention when it is damaged.  It remains flexible around joints but firm over muscles and the face.

read more

Abnormal Skin Features

This topic covers anything that isn’t considered normal on the skin of the horse and is not categorized into another topic.

read more

Anhidrosis (Non-sweating horses)

No one has determined why some horses in the same environment stop sweating while others do sweat but we know that every horse is different with different responses to triggers. And no one (to my knowledge) has determined the mechanism behind anhydrosis.
Accidentally we have found a cure that seems to work in every horse we try it with and we need your help to give us more examples of this treatment’s success.

read more

Aural Plaques

Aural plaques affect one or both ears creating a thick white crust inside the ear.

read more

Dependent Edema

Blood, like any liquid, falls to the lowest point. When the liquid part of blood leaks out of the blood vessels, it always gravitates to the low point. It is usually a sign of general body inflammation that caused the vessels to leak.

read more

Depigmentation (Leukotrichia)

The cause for the horse’s skin to lose color in patches of hair in one spot or throughout its body is not common and is still without explanation.

read more

Equine Sarcoid

Equine Sarcoid is a benign tumor of the skin of the horse that is very common, usually limiting itself to above the knee and forward of the girth.

read more

Habronemiasis (Summer Sores)

Inflammation caused by the biting stable fly that deposits the larvae of the habronema nematode producing moist sores on the eyes, mouth, nostrils, foreskin, and wounds.

read more

Hives

Hives are small to medium sized flat lumps that occur locally or all over the horse’s body.

read more

Insect Sensitivity

Insect sensitivity can range in degrees between different horses from mild to severe but is always during fly season.

read more

Melanoma

Melanoma in horses is usually a benign tumor of the black skin of horses that occurs in many areas of the horse’s body but doesn’t metastasize.

read more

Normal Hair Loss

Foals are born with a lot of hair that falls off during the spring and summer months. Recognizing this as a natural process will alleviate anxiety in a new foal owner.

read more

Partial Skin Thickness Wounds

Surgery topics are items that help the horse owner understand the fundamentals behind wounds and surgical lesions in horses. This particular topic needs some information and the images updated. I am aiming for the end of September. Thank you for your patience.

read more

Pressure Sores

When body weight is applied to the skin area for a prolonged period of time, the skin actually dies from the pressure placed upon it creating pressure sores.

read more

Proud Flesh

This is a replay of a HorseTalk™ webcast. Be sure to enroll in the next one and join Doc T live.

read more

Puncture Wounds

Puncture wounds can be invisible and inoculate the area with bacteria. If left untreated the infection can kill your horse. A tetanus vaccination is essential for puncture wounds.

read more

Pythiosis

This severe disease is often confused with habronemiasis which is also commonly called summer sores. This is a fungus based, highly invasive cancer that can affect a horse anywhere on its body.

read more

Rain Rot (Dermatophilosis)

Small, raised scabs on the back of a horse have a bacteria causing the lesion. The treatments recommended usually don’t cover the cause.

read more

Ringworm (dermatophytosis)

Fungal infections can affect the skin of the horse and is contagious between horses and humans. There is usually an immunosuppression factor involved.

read more

Scratches Or Grease Heel

Dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin, on the back side of the pastern can become severe in some horses. The usual treatments do not address the cause.

read more

Sheath Edema

The sheath is at the farthest point from the heart and damage to the blood flow in castrated males can sometimes prevent the normal flow of blood leading to swelling (edema) of the sheath.

read more

Skin Abscesses

The purpose of an abscess is to move a foreign material that is inside the body to the outside. When this occurs, it is said to be draining and is a natural and end-stage process.

read more

Skin Lumps

In vet school I learned that a lump is a lump until proven otherwise. Only a biopsy can determine or confirm a diagnosis.

read more

Skin Scars

Scars occur during healing of full thickness skin wounds including surgery. They can range from unseen but felt to hairless, depigmented masses.

read more

Tack Injury

Skin rubs occur either acutely from trauma or insidiously through wear against objects such as tack, blankets, or the environment.

read more

Tail Rubbing

Tail rubbing is common in stabled and non-stabled horses and the cause is simple as well as the solution. The frayed hairs at the tail head is evidence although most horses uncontrollably itch their rear ends in front of you.

read more

Trauma Wounds

Traumatic wounds are different from surgical wounds for one major reason. The underlying trauma to the soft tissue complicates healing that is beyond the wound created by a sharp scalpel guided carefully by a surgeon’s hand.

read more

Unknown Skin Lesions

Most skin diseases in horses are ignored and random treatments are applied or the lesion is ignored. Here are a few of these.

read more

Warts

Warts are virus caused growths on the skin usually on young horses and usually on the lips and muzzle.

read more

Wire Wounds

Wire wounds are difficult because of the underlying soft tissue damage that wants to slough off before the wound can close.

read more

Posts

No Sweat!

I mean, no sweat as in your horse has stopped sweating. For anyone in the latitudes where it never...

read more

Podcasts

Webinars

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.