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    09-05-2011, 11:47 PM
Infection on Back Legs


My pony gets the infection on the back legs possibly from urine?
I scrub this off every day but it continuously comes back.
Is there anything I can do so this fungus will stay away for good?
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    09-05-2011, 11:53 PM
Wait, is it urine, an infection, or a fungus? Or feces? Or sweat?

Is your pony by any chance a mare?
    09-06-2011, 12:07 AM
Kashy is a gelding, and it is a fungus that grows on the front of the back cannon bone that is often caused when urine splashes onto the skin.
    09-06-2011, 12:22 AM
How does your horse posture to pee? A (healthy) gelding should not be splashing his hind legs when he urinates. And urine is sterile, so I don't see any way how it could be connected to a fungus. Does your horse have white legs? Sure it's not rainrot or something related? Got a picture?
    09-06-2011, 07:22 AM
Green Broke
Bubba, it's called urine scald or urine burn, and it's irritation and scabs caused by urine staying on the skin.

Tselu, once you get it cleaned off really well, apply zinc oxide (a diaper rash cream works well) until it heals. Once it is healed, you can keep a layer of Vaseline on the fronts of the rear legs to prevent it from coming back, but if you do, be sure to clean it well and reapply often so it doesn't harbor bacteria in itself.

Bubba is somewhat right in that your horse may not stretch out properly to urinate. That could just be him, or he may have some back or hip and leg soreness preventing him from stretching. You may want to mention it to the vet and have them do a pain check the next time they are out.
    09-06-2011, 10:31 AM
Originally Posted by apachiedragon    
bubba, it's called urine scald or urine burn, and it's irritation and scabs caused by urine staying on the skin.
I've seen it in mares--well, not scabs, but particularly for mares in heat, when the stickier discharge comes out and stays in contact with the skin for a good while, I've seen hair loss and irritation. But I've never seen that develop into a secondary infection, nor a fungus, nor have I seen a gelding that urinated on himself to the extent described, unless he were dying or something. Even if he did pee on his legs, it should, theoretically, bead right off and not cause any problems....
    09-06-2011, 11:29 AM
Green Broke
No matter how stretched out my geldings get, if the wind is blowing hard enough and in the right direction, it will blow back on their legs.

Diet can make a difference in urine acidity. If the horse is being fed a high amount of alfalfa, it will produce a lot of ammonia in the urine which, in turn, can cause burns on their legs in this time of high heat/humidity we are all experiencing.

Ditto washing every day and applying the diaper rash cream to the affected areas.

Washing with some form of Betadyne is the best but if you can't get that, warm water and Dawn dish soap will work. Just do NOT bath the entire horse in Dawn dish soap.

Rinse thoroughly, wipe dry, then put the diaper rash cream on. WalMart's "Equate" is the thickest, has the highest amount of zince oxide and stays on longer:)
    09-06-2011, 11:31 AM
Green Broke
I've not seen it cause a fungus either, but I suppose it could be mistaken as something such as rain rot, which is a fungus. They look similar when the urine scald gets those crusty scabs on it. I've known a few geldings to get it over the years, but most had sensitive skin, or didn't stretch out properly to urinate, for whatever reason. In any case, I do recommend having a vet do a once over when the OP is able, in case there is an underlying issue.
    09-07-2011, 02:38 PM
apachiedragon, does the diaper rash cream also promote hair growth, somewhat off topic but I had someone tell me that if I rub it on a tail bone the tail will grow out where it is thin. Do you think this is true?
    09-07-2011, 03:29 PM
Both my mare & gelding get pee on their hind legs. Here in southern AZ, the ground is hard as concrete and it splashes in all directions. The pee mixes with the dirt to form dried mud on the legs.

The gelding gets some pee on all 4 legs...not too bad.

The mare gets it on the inside/rear of her hind legs. She needs daily cleaning or it will cake as urine soaked dried mud. She objected to lots of things I tried, but I recently started using one of the curry combs with lots of soft 1/2 inch fingers. She seems to enjoy that, and it gets the dried mud off in a minute/leg.

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