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White Hair appears on Body, Head, Face or Elsewhere

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    White hair appears as a consequence of skin injuries such as saddle sores or freeze brands, and it also appears on a horse’s face as they age. Color producing cells in the hair follicle are lost, resulting in hair with no pigment.

    Patches of white hair under tack is a clue to poor fitting saddles and tack. It can also be a clue to infections and other skin disorders. Older horses experience a gradual roaning (increase in white hairs) of the coat. There is not much to be done to counteract this process.

    There are also several rare and poorly understood conditions in which white hair appears in an abnormal way, the so called leukoderma/ leukotrichia and vitiligo syndromes.

    Assess the area for wounds, heat or swellings. If this condition is accompanied by any other abnormalities contact your vet with your findings and concerns.

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    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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