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post #1 of 11 Old 03-14-2012, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
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Cracking heel, owner about to crack it! HELP!

I own a QH gelding who is prone to greasy heel, mud fever, whichever you like...

He's had a slightly severe case before which required bandaging (my father has dealt with so many cases of this, I trust him wholey that he was giving me correct advice) Because I've read in some places bandaging is a BIG no no. My horse is paddocked, god knows what he could get in that open crack!

Once again, my horse has a large crack or 'split' in his heel about 4cm long in the folds of skin, its quite open and very recently just appeared overnight. I am currently cleaning it with Peroxide to kill infection, then applying Betadine anti-septic ointment then Vaseline for a barrier then applying glad wrap then a co-hesive equine bandage. - the glad wrap, bandage & copper sulfate lotion worked 100% last time. This time i am all out of the lotion, therefore I have replaced it with Peroxide, Betadine & Vaseline.

I was just wondering if there is ANYTHING else I can do to provoke healing at all? I'm not looking at overly expensive products or products that are hard to get, any other little home remedy out there to help just a little bit more :) thanks!
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-14-2012, 12:52 PM
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Hello! I have a suggestion for you.
I would clip the hair away from the area and wash gently with an anti-microbial shampoo. be very careful not to damage the skin. With mud fever the goal is the keep the area clean and dry, so stay away from heavy ointments and wrapping. The area needs oxygen to heal.
Hear is a remedy, stir all these ingredients together and apply everyday until it is healed.
1 tube 1% hydrocortisone cream, 1 tube triple antibiotic cream, 1 tube clotrimazole cream(ex Lotrimin for athletes foot), 2 tbsp water based aloe vera cream, one 1,000IU capsule of Vit E, and one 10,000IU capsule of Vit A. Can find these products at a pharmacy.

If after 3 days theres no improvement try a diluted tea tree oil product, don't use plain tea tree oil as it is very caustic.

This is my knowledge on the problem I hope it is somewhat useful for you!
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Not sure if it the same thing I am thinking of - crack starts near the frog and then goes up the heal to where the fur is? If so, my mare had this too. Our vet told me to scrub it out with hydrogen peroxide and a soft brush until is clean - dry really well with a towel ("floss" it with the edge of the towel if you need to). Then put wound powder in it and shove cotton balls into the cracks to fill the hole up. Change it whenever the cotton gets wet. Hers cleared up within 2 weeks and didn't have any problems with her after that.
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-14-2012, 04:55 PM
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Wow. My gelding had this and I asks but my farrier wasn't concerned! It was because he had bell boots on to keep his front shoes on.. His whole coroner band swelled up and I made the desicion I would rather risk losing a shoe. I did nothing to it and it went away but apparently I got lucky. So glad I read this thread in case anyone else has it.
Also & switched farriers.
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Peroxide is the last thing you should be using. It kills everything - healthy cells, unhealthy cells, etc.. so while it might not get infected, if you are treating daily with peroxide it will never heal.
Betadine is similar, although not as bad as peroxide.
Vaseline is a petroleum based product and is not good to use on wounds at all.
If there are irritants in the horse's daily life then yes, wrapping it is a good thing to do.

As far as treating scratches, mud fever, what have you.. If it really is that bad, don't be afraid to phone the vet. Veterinarians can perscribe a cream or ointment which varies from vet clinic to vet clinic that will generally heal up scratches really quickly.
For home treatment, you'll want to grab fluorhexadine or chlorhexadine (brand name is Hibitane), zinc cream (yes, the white stuff for diaper rashes), gauze pads and more vet wrap. If you don't have tape, duct tape works well and there is a vet wrap type tape as well which stretches and stays put really well, you're also going to need towels/rags.

First of all clean the area gently with a lot of water and some fluorhexadine with a few gauze pads. Scrub very gently if any of the scabs want to come off initially, but otherwise just get the area nice and clean and rinse with plenty of water. Now, towel dry the area and again be careful not to scrub too hard that you cause bleeding. Next, apply the zinc cream liberally to the affected area and cover with gauze pads that serve to hold the zinc cream in place. Next vet wrap the gauze pads on and tape the vet wrap in place. You can leave the wrap on if it hasn't moved or dirt hasn't got up under the bandage for one to two days. Repeat. Now the scabs should come off a lot easier when you clean with the fluorhexadine. Keep doing this until the scabs are gone, and then you can just wipe the cream off with a gaue pad and reapply the wrap and more zinc cream until the skin heals. If this isn't working, you might have to call the vet clinic to get some scratches cream to use instead of the zinc cream.

Good luck!!

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When the wound is clean, mix a small tube of antibiotic cream (Neosporin) with a small tube of antifungal cream (athlete's foot). Mix them well in a small container and press into the wound with a clean finger. Do this twice daily.
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Any topical treatment that has sulfur in it. Once upon a time "cut heal" had loads of it...and nothing worked better, nothing. But they changed the formula to whatever it is today - fish oil, and goo.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #8 of 11 Old 03-15-2012, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I did mention in the first post that my horses split is open, so the advice on washing/picking off scabs is not really going to help at the moment, The gelding doesget air to it as I undress it while he eats twice a day, but he is in an extremely dense scrub paddock and leaving it completely open I'm afraid all sorts of germs will get in there, Today I purchased some 'QUIKHEAL' it has sulfur, copper sulfate in it, its a cream aimed at Greasy heal, I've stopped the peroxide/betadine treatment. And he has the cream applied and the foot dressed, I am avoiding the vet until necessary, because the vet here lives 20km out of town, and my horse is a long way out of town at the other end, so I wouldn't just be paying for the consultation, the prescription cream but also the travel costs for the vet to get there, and last time I had a friend dealing with this, she asked the vets at the clinic and they said they'd prefer to see the horse, meaning they would prefer to make the extra hundred or so out of her, I am a 17 year old on a minimum wage, just trying the best to look after my best mate. Thanks for all your help will keep you all updated xxx
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If this is a recurring issue, you may want to look into getting him onto a supplement with copper in it. Copper deficiency is believed to be a cause/contributor to mud fever.
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post #10 of 11 Old 03-15-2012, 04:52 PM
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the first thing i noticed about your post, "I trust him cause he has lots of experience treating it"
Actually that would make me not trust him. Seems like if he knew what he was doing he wouldnt have alot of cases to be treating.
You are treating symptoms. I bet your horses are standing in wet muddy manure. Thats the problem. All the treatments in the world arnt gonna help if you dont address the cause. You need a cleaner drier area for your horses, fix the drainage and get rid of the manure.
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