Recent News for Skin Problems


Full-Thickness Skin Grafts Have Superior Cosmetic Outcome

July 13, 2010

In horses requiring skin grafts to enhance wound healing, split-thickness grafts are typically used, according to Ferenc Toth, DVM, PhD, of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; however, full-thickness grafts provide a better cosmetic appea... Read More


Three Forms of Pigeon Fever in Horses

July 01, 2010

Infection caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis (commonly known as pigeon fever or dryland distemper) assumes three forms: external abscesses, internal infection, and ulcerative lymphangitis (limb infection).... Read More


Sarcoid Development May Have Genetic Basis

June 06, 2010

The development of sarcoids--the most frequent of equine skin tumors--appears to have a genetic basis, and Swiss researchers are now honing in on the exact genes responsible for the disease.

A new major study involving 222 horses yie... Read More


Study: White Markings Sell Well, Don't Impact Health

May 21, 2010

Breeding colorful horses, especially with various white markings, seems to breed good business without raising significant health concerns, according to Swiss researchers.

Representing the primary breed of the Swiss national stud, 97... Read More


Twelve New Equine Fact Sheets Available From

May 12, 2010

This week has launched 12 free, handy Fact Sheets on topics of interest to hands-on horse owners. These are invaluable additions to the more than 30 widely acclaimed Fact Sheets that launched in 2009...... Read More


Volcanic Ash and Equine Respiratory Health

April 16, 2010

Ash and gasses from volcano eruptions could pose breathing risks to anyone exposed, including horses.... Read More


Allergy Control through Antioxidants and Digestive Support

April 02, 2010

Phytonutrients are class of natural compounds showing tremendous value in controlling inflammation.... Read More


Flies Show Horse Color Preferences

March 09, 2010

In the world of blood-sucking tabanid flies, a white horse is not nearly as attractive as a brown or black horse, noted a group of researchers from Hungary, Spain, and Sweden.

This interesting tabanid tidbit is likely to be welcomed ... Read More


HERDA: Skin Characteristics

March 08, 2010

Horses with the hereditary skin disease known as hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA) or hyperelastosis cutis (HC) have been recognized since the 1970s, but only recently have researchers defined just how much weaker their skin is... Read More

A sarcoid is a nonmalignant but locally aggressive tumor most often seen on the head, belly, groin, and legs. The most common are verrucous, with a warty look, or fibroblastic, which resembles proud flesh. Bovine papilloma virus (BPV) is probably a causative factor in sarcoids, and a 2010 study of 222 horses at the University Equine Clinic of Bern identified a possible genetic basis for sarcoid development in horses as well.


The 'Skinny' on Skin Conditions

February 01, 2010

Diagnosing skin diseases is probably one of the greatest challenges to horse handlers and veterinarians alike. ... Read More


Send Horse Reproduction, Lameness, Skin Questions to AAEP

January 21, 2010

Veterinarians will provide horse owners with timely, accurate information on reproduction, lameness, and equine skin conditions through the American Association of Equine Practitioners' online "Ask the Vet" discussion tool. Horse ... Read More


Sarcoids and Other Skin Tumors Discussed by Vets

December 26, 2009

A variety of sarcoid and skin tumor treatments and management topics were discussed by veterinarians during a Table Topic at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention. All veterinarians in the room had treated skin... Read More


Equine Hives: Easy Diagnosis, Often an Elusive Cause

December 14, 2009

Hunting down the cause of hives is often a challenge. Domenico Santoro, DVM, is a dermatology resident at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. He explained that urticaria, the medical term for hives, "are flat... Read More


Genetic Testing for Coat Color in Horses Reviewed

November 28, 2009

One theory explaining this "horse of a different color" phenomenon is that, historically, only a few coat colors might have been appropriate for survival in the wild. For example, horses of a certain color could have been better camouflaged, consider... Read More


Study: Topical Allergy Cream Can Produce Systemic Effects in Horses

November 10, 2009

Glucocorticoid cream applied at normal doses onto healthy equine skin will be quickly absorbed into the body"s system and can generate adverse systemic effects, said German researchers in a new study report. As a result, it can also... Read More


Sunburn Solutions

November 01, 2009

My neighbor has a major problem with sunburn on her Appaloosa mare. What do you recommend to help heal it?... Read More


Tail Rubbing in Horses

November 01, 2009

Owners go to great lengths to keep their horses' tails pristine. So, when a horse rubs his tail into a frayed or hairless mess, there is motivation to get to the bottom of the problem as quickly as possible.... Read More


Genetic Diseases in Horses Reviewed for World Equine Vets

October 31, 2009

While genetic diseases exist in a number of horse breeds, many researchers have focused expressly on issues occurring in the Quarter Horse breed. Thanks to their efforts, genetic tests for several disorders specific to this breed are now... Read More


Third Eyelid Tumors Require Prompt Vet Attention

October 29, 2009

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is one of the most common cancers in horses. Commonly appearing as small, wartlike bumps on the eyelid or surface of the eye, they require early treatment. While a conscientious owner might quickly notice a new... Read More


Secondhand Tack and Disease

September 01, 2009

Don't bring a disease home to your horses when buying used tack or even sharing equipment with your friends. ... Read More


Equine Veterinary Group Releases Statement on Genetic Defects in Horses

August 04, 2009

This is the 2009 Statement on Genetic Defects released by the American Association of Equine Practitioners. It was approved in July 2009.
Congenital Defects

Congenital defects include all... Read More


Sarcoids, Pain Management Among WCVM Horse Research Studies

July 08, 2009

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) has allocated a total of $69,000 to five new equine health research projects--all of which cover topics of vital importance for researchers and for horse owners.... Read More


'Soapy' Protein in Horse Sweat Evolved to Dissipate Heat

June 11, 2009

Latherin, a soaplike protein in horse sweat and saliva, helps spread sweat over the coat, maximizing evaporation of water for heat loss, and causing the foam that we see when horses sweat profusely. Latherin is also found in saliva, which might... Read More


Monitoring Horses after Plasma Transfusions Recommended

June 06, 2009

Plasma is widely administered to horses and foals for a variety of reasons, such as a critical illness, failure of passive transfer in foals, or prophylaxis against Rhodococcus equi. ... Read More


A Rash of Questions

May 01, 2009

Q: We have a Paint mare that is mostly white. In the spring and summer she has a rash-type skin problem around her nose and moving to her shoulders. It starts out looking like what we were told was dew poisoning, but it has spread... Read More