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post #1 of 16 Old 09-23-2012, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question Can't get rid of fungus


I've had my Thoroughbred gelding for about 7 months now and ever since I got him he's had a fungus on his hind legs. The fungus is mostly on his cannons and hocks, but he has a tiny bit on one of his ears. The fungus is definitely not scratches or rain rot, and the fungus is not at all on any of his white socks. It looks like dirt but when I try to brush it off it turns white. The fungus doesn't appear to be bothering him but I don't want it to get worse and possibly start bugging him.

I've been using Krudbuster on the fungus for a couple months now, soaking for over 5 minutes, rinsing it off and then making sure to completely dry his legs and ear off. It doesn't appear to really be getting any better.

Does anyone have any idea what fungus he has? Is there anything else I can do to get rid of it? I've heard of MTG shampoo but I'm not sure if this is exactly what he needs for this particular fungus. I'd like to try to get rid of it as soon as possible, and hopefully there are treatments that I can use even during the winter (I live in WI). I'm new to horses and I definitely don't want my horse to look like he's being neglected :(. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! :)
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post #2 of 16 Old 09-23-2012, 07:40 PM
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I don't know what type of fungus it is if you're sure it's not scratches or rain rot. But in every sort of fungus case I've ever had to deal with the best thing that's worked for me is baby diaper rash lotion, desitin is the one I use. It keeps the area clean, dry and has zinc to help heal.
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I would definitely supplement him with Vitamin A. Adequate vitamin levels keep the skin and immune systems of all horses healthier. Supplementing Vitamin A will completely get rid of rain rot and many kinds of fungus. [True Ring Worm is actually contagious and not helped by Vitamin A.]

Another thing that affects some geldings is feeding too much protein. This makes their urine very strong with high ammonia levels and it can scald their hind legs when they pee. It should not affect a horse's hocks, so I do not think that is the cause.

One of the mildest things you can put on any fungus (and can also use to wash and clean equipment) is Captan Soluable Powder mixed in water. This must be kept stirred up before using. You can actually leave it on a horse's skin. It is a garden fungicide used on roses, etc.

I would really go to a Vitamin A supplement. It just promotes healthy skin and a healthy immune system so that a horse can be healthy from the inside out. You can use an injectable Vitamin A (available where cattle and livestock supplies are sold). You DO NOT want to inject it but just squirt 5cc into a horse's mouth like a paste dewormer. Use it once every 2 or 3 weeks or feed a supplement like 'Farnam's Mare Plus' and the added Vitamin A will do wonders for a hair coat without making a horse 'race horse high' like other Vitamin Supplements can do.

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I had an ottb that had "the scuzz" as we called it, but he had it on his hind legs, belly and a patch on his neck when I got him. I don't know exactly what it was, but it sounds like what you described. We tried a home remedy from the saddle seat rider in the barn and it worked wonders. It was a combination of Listerene mouth wash, baby oil and leave in conditioner (we used infusium). You combine it all in a spray bottle (3/5ths listerene, 1/5 baby oil, 1/5th leave in conditioner) Shake it all up and spray on. You can curry or rub it in, then just leave it. We put it on at least once a day and it made a big difference. He was soft and scuzz free (and smelled great haha). The listerene kills the yuck and the other ingredients help soften the skin and help it start to heal before anything else can get in there.

Best of luck!

P.s. if you put only a little baby oil in, it makes a great coat spray too! Silky soft and shiny! It can be hard to find something that doesn't irritate that sensitive tb skin without leaving gunk.
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post #5 of 16 Old 09-26-2012, 12:30 AM
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I use regular Listerine mouthwash for anything "fungus"..... wash with antibacterial soap, pat dry then spray area with listerine... if it is something that needs to be protected from bugs or dirt then I coat with vaseline....
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Are you sure its not just cannon crud? A shampoo designed to take care of cradle cap in infants will help.

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post #7 of 16 Old 10-02-2012, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone thank you so much for your responses! Sorry I wasn't able to check them earlier!

I've never heard of cannon crud before but maybe that is what he has, I'm going to look up more on it and see. My trainer had me try rubbing on some MTG on the areas today and the fungus or whatever it is starting coming off. I left the MTG on and will check on it in a couple days. The Listerine mix sounds like a common treatment so if by Thursday I see no improvement I am going to try that. I'm also going to look into adding vitamin A into his diet, maybe it will help protect him in the future from having something like this happen again. Thanks again!
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post #8 of 16 Old 10-02-2012, 12:30 AM
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Check out the thread I just posted about Vitamin A and rainrot! What you describe sounds very much like what Drifter had. He had it on his back legs, croup and face. I have uploaded some pictures showing his progress once we started the Vitamin A regimen.

Cherie and Trinity really know their stuff!! Good luck, OP :)
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post #9 of 16 Old 10-02-2012, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! That was really helpful to read :)
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post #10 of 16 Old 10-02-2012, 08:55 AM
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I agree with Vitamin A, the listerine treatments if MTG doesn't work and get some Pau D Arco bark to feed as well for fungus.

But this doesn't sounds like fungus so much as it sounds like a gelding with pee splashed up on his legs, IMO :)
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