My Haflinger has a strange skin condition that seems to reoccur every year. This is the third winter we've had her.
Around this time of year, her skin becomes flaky all over but more so on her neck and chest, and her hair starts to come out, slowly at first but ends up leaving her with random bald patches. She also starts to lose weight which she doesn't tend to come back until the summer, although last year she had an intense course of alfa-a and pink powder which sorted it out.
The first time she got it we hadn't had her very long so it seemed obvious when the vet told us she had lice(she came from a 'private' seller that seemed to have lots of random ponies in the field.... all 3 were treated and it slowly got better, apart from her weight.
Last year the vet came out again, didn't give us a diagnosis but gave us some sweet itch lotion, which made the skin condition a little better - but didn't help much and again she lost weight.
I can see her skin doing it again this year and I want to be able to prevent her losing her coat and any weight again.
The first year she was unrugged, out 24/7, fed on Dengie Hi-Fi and Blue Chip original. And had Marksway Hi-Fibre horsehage.
Last year she was rugged in a heavyweight rug, out 24/7, fed on Dengie Hi-Fi and dengie balancer. Again had Hi-Fibre Horsehage.
This year she is unrugged, in at night, fed on Dengie Alfa-A and High Fibre nuts and has hay.
See picture below of her coat, this picture was taken around Feb last year. She is also very itchy on the flaky patches.
Has anyone experienced this? Has anyone overcome this? Any help at all is much appreciated.