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Common skin problems in the horse Owner Factsheet

Contributor(s): Janet Littlewood, Vetstream Ltd

Although the skin is the most visible of the horse's body structures it is also the most easily overlooked! The skin is very important - it provides a strong barrier to challenges from outside the body and plays and important role as part of the immune system, helps control body temperature, and makes vitamin D. In certain parts of the body the structure of the skin is changed to perform specific functions. For example, the hoof, chestnut and ergot are modified skin structures and the skin of the eyelids is much thinner than on the back.

Image: Dermatitis: hypersensitivity - tail
©Dr Janet D Littlewood

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