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    Mare Mange?

    This may be a really stupid question....but does anyone know what "mare mange" is? Evidently it is an older term.....the guy I was talking to was around mid to late 60s.
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    Sorry I don't but the first thing that comes to mind is a mare in heat that gets a cruddy rear end and hind legs. I have seen her get 'mangy' looking if I dont' keep on top of it when she's in heat. Think that could be it?
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    Hmmm....cold be....but he said that once they get it....you can't get rid of it....so that doesn't sound like what he was refering to. This was a drafty looking pony that was most likely metabolic....he said she was foundered (actually he said "floundered"). I was wondering if he was refering to something like I have seen where the mid-line of mares gets all scabby and sometimes infected (like weet itch) from an allergic reaction to bug bits. That seems to be something that goes along with some metabolic cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue B View Post
    Hmmm....cold be....but he said that once they get it....you can't get rid of it....so that doesn't sound like what he was refering to. This was a drafty looking pony that was most likely metabolic....he said she was foundered (actually he said "floundered"). I was wondering if he was refering to something like I have seen where the mid-line of mares gets all scabby and sometimes infected (like weet itch) from an allergic reaction to bug bits. That seems to be something that goes along with some metabolic cases.

    Agh yes that could be it! I know exactly what your talking about. I just got off the phone (literally) with a friend who has a mare with that same problem!
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    There is one mite that horses can be carriers of and thus have chronic symptoms or recurring symptoms--chorioptes. I've not heard of anything called "mare mange".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryle View Post
    There is one mite that horses can be carriers of and thus have chronic symptoms or recurring symptoms--chorioptes. I've not heard of anything called "mare mange".
    Yes, but it wouldn't be specific to mares only would it? Apparently whatever she has her team mate that works directly beside her in hitch never gets it...he is a gelding. And...is't mange on horses treatable like on any other animal? I know it is never "easy" to treat....but certainly not something that one would be led to believe can't be gotten rid of. Now....as far as this guy getting a vet's opinion...that would be questionable.
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    it could be rain rot, it sort of looks like a 'mange' i guess. and it is very hard to get rid of, you need to go to the vet and get some ointment and shampoo and bathe her with that and warm water if its that.

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    Yes, I thought about that it could a really bad case of rain rot that needs neds to control it. I would have asked him...but he started to explain further and didn't seem to be able to.....not a scientific type and an "old timer"....he just wrote it off as being something that could not be managed or eliminated. The funny part was that he actually managed to sell this horse!
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    Well brood mares would be more susceptible to getting Sweet Itch since the majority live out 24/7. Maybe Sweet Itch which is a relatively new name. Or it could be referring to Rain Rot. True mange is less common in horses.

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