Recent News for Skin Problems


Infographic: Sweet Itch in Horses

October 20, 2016

Do you have an itchy horse? Learn more about insect bite hypersensitivity with our visual guide!... Read More


Survey: One-Third of Horses With Health Problems are Lame

October 07, 2016

The British survey results also suggest that lamenesses are more likely to originate in the limb than in the foot.... Read More


The End of the Gray Horse Scourge?

October 04, 2016

A look at equine melanoma and the current state of vaccine research and development.... Read More

Congratulations to Heidi Nash and "Romeo," whose story won our fan-voted "Help! My Horse is Sun-Sensitive" photo contest. Romeo is an 8-year-old spotted draft horse who suffers from photosensitivity.


'Romeo' Tops's Sun-Sensitivity Contest

September 13, 2016 Facebook fans selected Romeo as the overall winner of the "Help! My Horse is Sun-Sensitive" contest.... Read More


Can Alfalfa Induce Type 1 Photosensitization in Horses?

September 11, 2016

Researchers concluded that alfalfa hay can induce primary photosensitization, but what it results from remains unclear.... Read More


Enter's Photo Contest for Sun-Sensitive Horses

August 26, 2016

Is your horse sun-sensitive? Submit his story and photo for a chance to win a prize pack! ... Read More


What Does AMH Say About Your Stallion or Mare?

August 19, 2016

Anti-Mullerian hormone is a reliable marker for cryptorchidism, granulosa-cell tumors, and, possibly, mare fertility.... Read More


Researchers Study Plant-Based Treatment for Equine Melanoma

August 16, 2016

Betulinic acid could become a safe and effective treatment for melanoma in horses, researchers said.... Read More


Inbred Horses Help Scientists Identify IBH Gene Locations

August 11, 2016

Researchers studied a group of related Exmoor ponies to find the chromosomes that could carry IBH-related genes.... Read More


Iowa State Seeks Participants for Equine Skin Tumor Study

August 01, 2016

Researchers are studying immunotherapy using an antibody called anti-CD47 for reducing equine skin tumors.... Read More


Ocular Squamous Cell Carcinoma

July 28, 2016

Squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most common cancerous tumors of the equine eye. ... Read More


Equine Skin Issues: Scratching the Surface

July 12, 2016

What's causing the hives, hair loss, and scabs on your horse's body?... Read More


Could a Cream Eliminate Equine Aural Plaques?

July 01, 2016

Researchers found that applying 5% imiquimod cream resulted in clinical resolution in 93% of the treated ears.... Read More

Scratches commonly affects the rear aspect of nonpigmented pasterns.


What's New in Treating Pastern Dermatitis

June 24, 2016

A veterinary dermatologist offers tips on how to properly diagnose, treat, and prevent pastern dermatitis, or scratches.... Read More

A 3-cm sarcoid tumor on a horse’s ear. Sarcoids often develop as small bumps under the skin or scaly lesions. Depending on their location on the horse’s body, tumors like these can often be removed by a veterinarian. However, in certain horses sarcoids tend to re-grow after surgery, sometimes to much larger tumors that are impossible to cure.


Cancer-Causing Virus Strikes Genetically Vulnerable Horses

June 10, 2016

Genetic differences in immune function could explain why some horses develop sarcoids and others don't, researchers say.... Read More


Burning Up: Photosensitization and Sunburn in Horses

June 07, 2016

Some horses are vulnerable to sun damage. Here's what to watch for and how to protect against it. ... Read More


Helping an Easy Keeper Breathe Easy

May 25, 2016

My older horse has respiratory allergies. Is there anything I can do to help him breathe easier while wearing a muzzle?... Read More


Infographic: Rain Rot

May 25, 2016

Learn about this frustrating contagious equine skin disease and how to prevent its spread.... Read More


Desert Horse-Keeping

May 12, 2016

From hydration to irrigation, learn how to combat challenges that come with caring for horses in arid climates. ... Read More


What's a Pheochromocytoma, and How Do Vets Diagnose It?

April 24, 2016

This hormone-secreting tumor can form in horses' adrenal glands, potentially causing damaging high blood pressure.... Read More


Infographic: Sunburn and Horses

April 13, 2016

Sun damage is serious in horses. In this infographic, find how to protect you pink-skinned horses from the sun.... Read More


10 Equine Skin Problem Resources on

March 31, 2016

Learn about a variety of skin issues and prepare to battle tricky-to-treat conditions with these free resources.... Read More


Researchers Break Down Horses' IBH Reactions

March 11, 2016

Some horses respond to insect bites with inflammation and itching; others react with cellular-level defense mechanisms.... Read More

Approximately 80% of gray horses will develop melanomas by the time they’re 15 years old. These skin growths are malignant tumors usually located near the anus, vulva, sheath, penis, ears, salivary glands, and underside of the tail.


Metastasizing Melanoma

March 09, 2016

Can melanomas spread to a horse's central nervous system? If so, are there any treatments available? ... Read More


Autologous Vaccination a Safe, Affordable Sarcoid Treatment

March 05, 2016

The procedure involves removing a sarcoid from the horse and implanting pieces of it back into the horse's neck.... Read More