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    04-16-2012, 09:54 PM
Dry spots or cuts on legs

My horse has these dry spots on his legs and he has had them awhile, but I'm not sure what to do about them. Today I noticed that one of them had a tiny amount of blood dried on it. Anyone have ideas on what it is or what I should do?

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    04-16-2012, 10:01 PM
I can't see the pix you apparently have posted,but it could possibly be where bugs are chewing his legs.Get some pix up so we can take a closer look.:)Also,there are types of fungus that can do this.
    04-16-2012, 10:05 PM
That's odd that the pictures didn't work. Here is a link. I hope it works.

    04-17-2012, 11:58 AM
It looks like rubs or pressure marks from laying down &/or rolling.
    04-17-2012, 12:19 PM
Originally Posted by natisha    
It looks like rubs or pressure marks from laying down &/or rolling.
Is it really possible to rub marks in the grove of his leg? I would expect more of parts that stuck out.
    04-17-2012, 12:33 PM
When he lays down, those areas contact the ground.

They are 'bed sores'.
    04-17-2012, 01:13 PM
Then do I need to make sure he has a lot of shavings in his stall to prevent them from happening?
    04-17-2012, 01:32 PM
Hmm, could they be the fungal infection called Scratches?

If they really are bedsores, you can often get special boots to put on the horse at night.
    04-17-2012, 03:08 PM
Originally Posted by JSMidnight    
Then do I need to make sure he has a lot of shavings in his stall to prevent them from happening?
Yes but that doesn't always work. One of my horses seems to push the shavings around towards the outside of the stall & then they are too thin when she lays down. I bed really deep too. She also came with those bald spots & they will never grow hair there so it does become a weak area.
    04-17-2012, 09:20 PM
Scratches is seen below the fetlock joint...

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