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[RC] Skin problem (Bird spots) - Barb Peck

A friends bay morgan mare had these white spots appear several years ago - and 
we both researched it at the time.  Most of the spots were the size of a 
penceil eraser, but a few were bigger.  The skin pigment under the spots 
definitely changed - but then - even to make it more confusing- some of the 
spots stayed during summer to winter coat changes- and others shed out- so 
there was some variablilty.

ARabs and Morgans seem to be affected the most - its not supposed to be 
connected to any disease, but more of a coat genetic phenomena.  I've heard it 
called bird-catcher spots too.


Here's a erference site:


Veterinary Dermatology
Volume 11 Page 205  - September 2000
Volume 11 Issue 3 
Pigmentary disorders 
There are several pigmentary disturbances which occur in the horse, some of 
which are primary inherited conditions related to the breed, while others are 
acquired. All are related to the amount of melanin present in the epidermis, 
dermis or hair and the activity of melanocytes in these areas may be 
independent of each other. Within this section, a general discussion of 
leukoderma and leukotrichia is presented along with a few specific conditions 
recognized as abnormalities of pigmentation.


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