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post #1 of 10 Old 02-21-2011, 04:12 AM Thread Starter
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Can you tell me what this is on my horse's heel?

Hi all!

I would be really grateful if you could help me with this... Please see the picture.

Please note that I had put cream on it before I took the picture!

The nodules are dirty and very hard and after I tried to soften them with warm water the softest ones came off but then started to bleed.

I have a feeling it is just something fungal?

The horse dosen't have access to stand in any kind of water though.

I am more than happy to answer and more questions that could help!

Thanks!!

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-21-2011, 07:02 AM
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looks like mud fever to me try get a picture without the cream though

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post #3 of 10 Old 02-21-2011, 09:45 AM
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Looks like scratches, which I believe is the same thing as mud fever.
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-21-2011, 10:13 AM
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That would be scratches. It is fungal... they can get it from the dew on the grass. MTG or another anti fungal will work to clear it up.

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post #5 of 10 Old 02-21-2011, 11:38 AM
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Yup, a skin infection of some sort. Keep the horse in a dry area until you can clear it up. If his turn out is muddy, try to bring him up on dry ground daily until the area is dry, and leave him in the dry area for at least an hour or two more, to let the medication work on the skin.

You can use some waterproof spray bandage to help protect it from moisture when he's back in his turnout, but the area needs to be shaved, cleaned, and 100% dry before applying it.
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-21-2011, 11:50 AM
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You can use some waterproof spray bandage to help protect it from moisture when he's back in his turnout, but the area needs to be shaved, cleaned, and 100% dry before applying it.
Actually the waterproof spray would slow the healing. Once the scabs are off and air can get to the area, they will dry and heal moer quickly.
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-21-2011, 12:25 PM
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But it won't heal quickly if the horse is living in wet/muddy conditions. Air can't get to it if the feet are covered in mud or always stepping in water/muck. A spray bandage would at least help keep more moisture from getting in.
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-23-2011, 08:09 PM
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Most spray bandages let wounds breathe but it is IMPERATIVE that the area is completely dry before putting anything on it.

I use WellHorse for stuff like this. All natural, works on wounds, bacterial and fungal stuff. Pricey, but works great!!

www.well-horse.com

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post #9 of 10 Old 02-23-2011, 08:20 PM
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luvs2ride1979, the OP said "The horse dosen't have access to stand in any kind of water though."
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-23-2011, 08:59 PM
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this might sound really silly but the pink SWAT is really good for takeing scabs off without causeing bleeding. After the scab come off I would just was it with an antifungle soap. Dab it dry then let it air out. Or put a it of MTG. But I would just let it air out, but that's just me.
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