Normal Hair Loss In Foals

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Foals when born are covered in a thick hair coat to protect them from the spring weather regardless of where they are located at birth. When summer arrives, this thick coat is shed. This makes sense.

But what if the foal loses its hair is patches? Take a look at the pictures I snapped of the most common spots for foals to shed. The reasons I posted these is because as a vet, these were the common sites that I was called about.

A funny story first. Back in the 1980’s, veterinary school graduates needed to take the licensing exam in New York state and their test was notoriously hard. It was a 2 day practical exam. I was handed a picture of a pig in a pig raising facility that had no tail. The questions were simple: “What’s wrong and how would you fix it?” The veteran veterinarian would then stare at me expecting the “educated” answer while doing his best to intimidate me.

My answer was simply “overcrowding.” I then said that if they couldn’t change the density of pigs being housed in the same pen, then they should throw in a beach ball to play with. The examiner smiled and said, “I like that one!” And I was asked to move on to the next station.

Well, I had heard that in a past exam one of the stations was a foal with the hair gone around the eyes, just like the one in the picture below. The questions was, “What disease is this foal showing?”

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