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post #21 of 23 Old 03-18-2013, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by minstrel View Post
THIS. My clean-legged TB gets really bad mud fever on ONE foot (the one with the white sock). I am continually on his case about it, so I don't ever let it get beyond a cm or so of scabbiness at a time before I strip it. However with feathers.... I cringe to think about keeping that clear. I always heard it was horses with white socks/stockings that got mud fever more readily, due to the more sensitive pink skin, but only have anecdotal evidence for this.
It's not so bad with all the feathering . I've managed to always catch it in the very beginning stages. Just enough scab to feel and it would almost completely fit under between my finger tip and nail. I usually check them a few times a week. Just a minute to run my fingers into the feathering and feel the skin. No mistaking the start of it. First sign I rub some tea tree oil on them for two days and that's the end of it.
Worst case I ever saw was on a black horse with several areas at least the size of my thumb print. I've only owned two horses that ever had any (my current older mare being one), but I've dealt with it on other's horses and it can affect any horse no matter the feathering or color. Worst case I ever saw was on a solid black horse. The only thing I've heard that I've seen evidence of is that feathering does hide the early stages of it forcing you to feel for it.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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Thanks guys! I've been treating her once monthly with MTG on all four lower legs, and check her legs every time I'm out for the start of anything (we treat those with MicroTech). I'm glad to announce the few scratches she had when I purchased are are all clear and happy now. I've never once seen her scratch her legs on anything, and her feather has grown down to the ground all the way around her feet.

I really appreciate the help with getting my first Draftie in "wow" condition!
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post #23 of 23 Old 07-05-2013, 12:26 AM
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Good for you. Keep up the good work.

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