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.
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.
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.
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.