What is a snip on a horse?

A snip is a patch of white on the horse’s nose. It may be a small spot between the nostrils, or it may extend over the whole nose. A snip might be connected to a blaze or stripe.

Why does my horse have scaly spots on his skin?

Ringworm isn’t caused by a worm. Instead it’s a fungal infection and is zoonotic, meaning you can catch it from your horse. This infection makes your horse’s skin appear scaly and scabby. Although sometimes the lesions are in a ring, they are not always in this shape.

What kind of skin disease does a horse have?

Sometimes a run of damp, rainy weather is all it takes for a horse to develop rain rot or rain scald, also known as dermatophilosis. This is a minor bacterial infection of the skin that occurs frequently in wet, humid weather.

What causes bumps on the back of a horse?

Eosinophilic granuloma is the most common nontumorous nodular skin disease in horses, and it is characterized by distinct bumps caused by the breakdown of collagen in the middle layer of the skin. Single or multiple nodules may occur, most commonly on the back, withers and neck.

Why does my horse’s skin look like paintbrushes?

This weather causes a specific species of bacterium to proliferate and colonize weak areas in your horse’s skin. As a result, the hair on your horse’s back and rump will look like paintbrushes — clumps of elevated hair tufts that fall out when you pick them, leaving raw pink skin underneath. 1 

What causes a bald spot on a horse’s skin?

Equine skin diseases have a way of holding your attention, while still remaining mysterious. That strange-looking bump, or scruffy patch, or bald spot on your horse’s skin: It looks harmless, and it doesn’t bother your horse when you touch it.

What does it mean when a horse has bumps on its legs?

Appearance: small, round bumps at first, soon followed by bald spots, with scaly, thickened skin, usually on the lower legs of draft horses with heavy feathering, although any horse can be affected. In more serious cases the skin may be rubbed raw and show signs of secondary infections.

How to identify horse skin diseases and conditions?

How to Identify Horse Skin Diseases and Conditions 1 Rain Scald or Rain Rot. 2 Ringworm. 3 Mange. 4 Lice. 5 Allergic Dermatitis. 6 Greasy Heel or Pastern Dermatitis. 7 Vitiligo. 8 Summer Itch or Sweet Itch in Horses.

What causes itching on the skin of a horse?

Mange is a skin condition caused by microscopic mites. These mites burrow or bite into the horse’s skin and cause intense itching. Very young horses, senior horses, and horses in poor condition are more likely to be affected by mange.