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My chestnut is suddenly getting small white spots throughout his fur. Do you know if ...
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    Unhappy Birdcatcher spots?

    My chestnut is suddenly getting small white spots throughout his fur. Do you know if it is birdcatcher spots or something else? Whatever it is can it be treated?

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    Bird catcher spots arent a disease. It's a colouring.

    Where abouts is it on his coat? If it's in the saddle area it could be from a badly fitting saddle.
    Has he had any fungal infections lately?

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    birdcatcher spots are not a disease or an infection or any thing like that so what do you mean by treated?
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    They are on his rump, neck, and main body area it's really wierd

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    Birdcatcher spots are not uncommon in chestnuts. It's genetic, stemming from the TB first noticed with them - Birdcatcher. They tend to vary in size, and tend to move around the body as well.
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    like the person above me said...i was always told they stem from a gene passed down by a horse named Birdcatcher....not a disease or problem....is Birdcatcher in her pedigree??? a friend of mine has a horse with Birdctcher on his papers and he has some of the spots.....

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    What breed is your horse?

    Bird catcher spots occur in many horses and aren't known to be genetic. However, if your horse has any appaloosa in him he could be just staring to exhibit those genes.
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    Ryle, but they are genetic It's not known how they are passed (other than the obvious ) as in you can't predict whether a horse will get them, or if so, when in life they will start to show up.

    I forgot to mention also - hair turning white for no apparent reason can also be a sign of copper deficiency. That's MUCH less common than Birdcatcher spots though
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    is there any way to cure it? or stop it?

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    My horse (who I posted about a while back) also has supposed birdcatcher spots, so......I go onto allbreedpedigree and curiously look to see if he is any descendant to Birdcatcher and HE WAS waaaaaaay back (Birdcatcher was around in the 1800s)!!
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