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    07-13-2013, 11:52 PM
Her pasture or where she's standing wet or muddy?
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    07-13-2013, 11:54 PM
Honestly, I would have a vet out. That looks really painful. You know, no hoof no horse and all that. No heel no horse either. Cleaning it might seem like the right thing to do but if it is something that likes moisture??? Or you could do more damage with any harsh cleaners or disinfecting. At least call the vet and talk to them. Perhaps you should keep the foot wrapped? Or not wrapped? I personally wouldn't wrap because of the location. But you don't know until you have a vet see it. It could be greasy heel as well as something else.
    07-14-2013, 12:09 AM
The pasture is actually really dry and has been but with the heat we have had over the last few weeks I've started catching her out in the pond when I come out *SMH*
    07-14-2013, 12:15 AM
She could have a nasty pond bacteria infection going on there. She might be trying to cool her feet as well from the heat of the inflammation or?????Please have a vet out.
    07-14-2013, 12:19 AM
That is a very good point, it is definitely not "normal" for her to go in the pond, in fact I don't think she has at all since I have been there until this year. I will see if I can get the vet from up the road to come look at her tomorrow even though it's on a Sunday I should be able to mosy on down there and talk him into it

It has been weeks since we have seen temps under 100 degrees during the day and still even at night they never drop below 90...I'd probably be cooling off in the pond too if I were out in that all day.
    07-14-2013, 02:54 AM
Greasy heel is from moisture softening the foot and bacteria gets in through- id say from the contracted heels.

I don't mean to argue but none of the appaloosas I've seen had mottling there- it looks too red for a place that's got hair on it to be a sun burn too-- I think its scaring-- im going to check my dhs leopard appaloosa tomorrow in the light but im sure he don't got mottling right there-- that's why I say its greasy heel- looks like she might have got it another time before now?

Some breeds of quarter horse are known to having greasy heal- its called scratches and mud fever too.. I would definitely ask the vet about it when they come out.. they make stuff to put on it.
    07-14-2013, 07:30 AM
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Scratches, greasy heel or mud fever are all the same thing. You can see it running up her leg in the small red raw spots. So I say you at least have that going on. Wash with iodine or betadine twice daily and keep it completely dry. This includes not letting her in the pond.

A pond gave my mare the worst case of scratches I had ever seen. It just blew up over night and her leg swelled to the knee.
    07-14-2013, 10:29 AM
Your horse could even have something embedded deep in her frog and it's trying push out the heel. Is there any drainage from that angry red looking area?
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    07-14-2013, 12:42 PM
No drainage from anything currently...I will try to have the vet look at her if I can't convince him to do it today then hopefully tomorrow.
    07-14-2013, 12:49 PM
If you can, just ride her over there...he'll hardly be able to say no if you are standing in front of him and say something like "Hey doc, could you take a look at her feet, they look weird?"
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