A few weeks ago, the mares moved to a bigger, grassier, woodsier pasture. After the first week, I found an enormous tick in Dee's forelock, which made a weepy gross mess in her forelock. No biggie, I picked it out. By my next visit, those crusty, weepy spots were ALL up in the rest of her mane. I spent awhile trying to pick the crust out, but eventually just gave up, grabbed a pair of clippers, and roached her mane. It will grow back, and she really enjoyed the currying I gave her mane afterwards. I then applied equip-spot and we haven't had issues since. I actually think she looks cute with it short.
In other, much more exciting news, Dee did her first few steps of half-pass today! Very proud of my girl, mostly because she's become so rideable in the last year.