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post #1 of 19 Old 02-10-2012, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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feathered horse - questions

I have in care a Gipsy Vanner stallion. It's my first experience with this breed and the first experience with a horse with feather. I will never ever buy a feathered horse even if I like Shires a lot.

He (Rafael) has an irritation on his fetlocks, he is constantly itchy. His owner called the vet and he took a sample to see what's the problem. It was a fungus and an allergy. The doctor couldn't name the thing that the horse is allergic at so we don't know. For the fungus he prescribed a betadine shampoo to use daily on the affected area and then wash off with warm water. He said to keep the area dry. Well the problem is that it's almost impossible to keep the area dry all the time. If I'm there I wash the feather in the evening when he goes to his stall and then dry it with the hairdryer. But I'm not there day by day in the evening. In the summer it will be easier but now in the winter it's a pain.

I know that one solution is sulfur(sulphur) but I can't find sulfur that is animal friendly around here.

Do you have other suggestions?

You can't see it well but the area is bright pink.
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I do my best to keep the feather as clean and white as possible. I can't stand to see dirty and yellow feather.
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But with this kind of weather is almost impossible.
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post #2 of 19 Old 02-10-2012, 06:17 AM
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Common problem with draft horses. They call it "scratches". Treat it like rain rot with vitamin a added to diet. Also use some powdered garden sulfur on the skin in the feathered area or powder made for athletes foot.
I don't know what the weather is in Romania. I'm assuming the thaw has started. If it isn't freezing you can treat with iodine shampoos. In bad cases the vet will give an antibiotic to go along with the fungus treatments.

Happens most often at the end of winter, early spring. Might even have to shave his fetlocks a bit to get air moving around there if it's real persistent.

Very common. Google it. Tons of stuff comes up. Don't let it get away from you.
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Draft Horse Scratches

That's it. Short and to the point.
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sierrams1123 : We don't have Vetericyn around here. But thanks for the suggestion. If cheaper methods won't work I will be searching for a place with international shipping to order it.

SueNH: For the moment we have incredible amounts of snow. It snowed late this year. When the thaw will start it will be horrible, in the spring also if it rains a lot. He has sand in his paddock so it's better than mud.
I've used the betadine shampoo, it's better but it's not over yet. The skin is normal pink now but he is still itchy and he tries to scratch his hind legs by hitting a leg with the other. Don't know how to explain it. If it's to itchy he will scratch it with his teeth.

Thank you for the athletes foot powder suggestion. Never thought of it. I will try that.

I googled it but everyone talk about how great the sulfur is but I'm afraid to try it with garden sulfur because he tends to scratch the fetlock area with his teeth. And they say that the sulfur must be safe to use on animals.

Shaving will be the last solution, shaving only the fetlock area. If you can see in the photo he has shorter hair on the fetlock anyways.

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You could always get some one from the States send you some.
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I swear by sudocrem. it's antibacterial and applied to dry skin works like a barrier. certainly wouldn't do any harm anyhow. xxx
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Thank you. We have this one so I can buy and try it.

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Garden sulfur is mostly harmless unless you eat a lot of it, light a match or if you are a fungus. Mostly you find it in the organic gardening section of farm stores. Just the plain sulfur and not a mix of something else.

I had heard Europe was having a bad winter this year. You have my weather. I usually have snow to my shoulders by this time. I barely have 6 cm. I have a good friend in Ukraine who says he is freezing.

Old fashioned mouthwash like Baba would have used. Listerine they call it here. Is another one that works. I'm sure you have something similar. Very heavy on alcohol, wormwood and menthol.

If there is a dairy supply then an antiseptic for cleaning cows udders.

It's a fungus. You need to dry it out. The antibiotics come in later if a secondary infection gets going in the skin damaged by the fungus.

You may have to cut his long leg hair off to get air to it.

Diaper rash powder works too.

Itchy is always bad. Sometimes itchy means it's healing. Keep after it.

Also it would work but might burn broken skin a bit...Vodka. I've used it to clean cuts when nothing else was around.
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Cute braids! Missed that earlier.
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