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.
I do my best to keep the feather as clean and white as possible. I can't stand to see dirty and yellow feather.
But with this kind of weather is almost impossible.