Skin and Coat Issues in Horses

Welcome to your comprehensive resource on skin and coat issues in horses!

Whether you’re a seasoned equestrian or new to horse care, understanding the symptoms, treatments, and prevention strategies for skin and coat problems is crucial for your horse’s comfort and overall health.

Skin and coat issues in horses can manifest in various ways, including itching, hair loss, and skin infections. Recognizing these symptoms early can make a significant difference in your horse’s well-being. Our articles cover a wide range of conditions, from common issues like Rain Rot, Mud Fever (Pastern Dermatitis), Saddle Sore and Ringworm to more complex problems such as Anhidrosis, Epizootic Lymphangitis, and Alopecia.

Each article dives into the underlying causes of these ailments, evidence-based treatments, and practical tips for prevention and management. Whether you’re looking for advice on grooming practices, dietary supplements, or seeking guidance on when to consult a veterinarian or equine dermatologist, we’ve got you covered.

Stay informed and empowered to give your horse the best possible care. Explore our collection of articles below and equip yourself with the knowledge needed to maintain your horse’s skin and coat health.

Think your horse may have a skin or coat issue?  –  Check out the Happie Horse Symptom Checker.

Skin and Coat Issues in Horses

Welcome to your comprehensive resource on skin and coat issues in horses!


Whether you’re a seasoned equestrian or new to horse care, understanding the symptoms, treatments, and prevention strategies for skin and coat problems is crucial for your horse’s comfort and overall health.

Skin and coat issues in horses can manifest in various ways, including itching, hair loss, and skin infections. Recognizing these symptoms early can make a significant difference in your horse’s well-being. Our articles cover a wide range of conditions, from common issues like Rain Rot, Mud Fever (Pastern Dermatitis), Saddle Sore and Ringworm to more complex problems such as Anhidrosis, Epizootic Lymphangitis, and Alopecia.

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Pemphigus foliaceus is an autoimmune skin disease in horses causing blistering, crusting, and hair loss, primarily on the face, limbs, and body.
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Pemphigus Foliaceus in Horses

Pemphigus Foliaceus in Horses Seek veterinary advice before applying any treatment. Pemphigus foliaceus (PF) is an uncommon but potentially life-threatening cause of skin disease in horses. It is the most common autoimmune skin disease in the horse and is associated

Alopecia in horses is a condition characterized by hair loss, which can result from various causes such as parasitic infections, nutritional deficiencies, or autoimmune disorders.
Skin and Coat

Alopecia in Horses

Alopecia in Horses Seek veterinary advice if you suspect this disease. Alopecia in horses refers to the partial or complete loss of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows. It can result from various causes, including skin

Rain Rot, also known as Dermatophilosis or Rain Scald is a bacterial skin infection, usually caused by wet and muddy enviroments.
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Rain Rot in Horses

Rain Rot Seek veterinary advice before applying any treatment. Rain Rot, also known as Dermatophilosis or Rain Scald is a bacterial skin infection. In a wet environment, these usually dormant bacteria that always live on horses’ skin, become reactive and

Ringworm in horses is a contagious fungal infection causing circular, hairless patches on the skin, often accompanied by itching and inflammation.
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Ringworm in Horses

Ringworm in Horses Seek veterinary advice before applying any treatment. Ringworm is a highly contagious fungal infection, which can not only quickly pass from horse to horse but also to humans. The responsible fungi, the dermatophytes, use keratin as a

Folliculitis in horses is an inflammation of the hair follicles typically caused by bacterial infection, resulting in small, pus-filled bumps on the skin.
Skin and Coat

Folliculitis in Horses

Folliculitis in Horses Seek veterinary advice before applying any treatment. Folliculitis in horses is a common skin condition characterized by inflammation of the hair follicles. It can occur due to bacterial or fungal infections, often resulting from skin abrasions, insect

Mud fever, or pastern dermatitis, is a skin condition in horses marked by inflammation and scabbing on the lower limbs, often exacerbated by wet or muddy environments
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Mud Fever (Pastern dermatitis)

Mud Fever (Pastern dermatitis) Seek veterinary advice before applying any treatment. Mud Fever is often caused by bacteria in wet environments. It is a non-contagious skin disease. When the skin softens due to long exposure to wetness, in combination with

Saddle sore is a painful condition caused by friction or pressure from the saddle, commonly affecting the horse's back.
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Saddle Sore in Horses

Saddle Sore in Horses Seek veterinary advice before applying any treatment. Saddle sores in horses are painful, inflamed areas on the skin resulting from friction, pressure, or an ill-fitting saddle. These sores commonly develop under the saddle, particularly on the

Epizootic lymphangitis is a contagious fungal disease in horses characterized by nodules and abscesses on the skin and lymphatic vessels, often leading to chronic and debilitating infections.
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Epizootic Lymphangitis in Horses

Epizootic Lymphangitis in Horses Seek veterinary advice if you suspect this disease. Epizootic Lymphangitis is a contagious and chronic mycosis in horses caused by the fungus Histoplasma farciminosum. It primarily affects the skin and lymphatic system, causing nodules, abscesses, and

Anhidrosis in horses is a condition where they lose the ability to sweat, leading to overheating and potential heatstroke, especially in hot and humid conditions.
Skin and Coat

Anhidrosis in Horses

Anhidrosis in Horses Seek veterinary advice if you suspect this disease. Anhidrosis in horses, also known as “dry coat syndrome” or “non-sweating syndrome,” is a condition where horses lose their ability to sweat effectively. This can occur due to prolonged

Each article dives into the underlying causes of these ailments, evidence-based treatments, and practical tips for prevention and management. Whether you’re looking for advice on grooming practices, dietary supplements, or seeking guidance on when to consult a veterinarian or equine dermatologist, we’ve got you covered.
 
Stay informed and empowered to give your horse the best possible care. Explore our collection of articles above and equip yourself with the knowledge needed to maintain your horse’s skin and coat health.
 
Think your horse may have a skin or coat issue? Check out the Happie Horse Symptom Checker.