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    11-19-2008, 09:17 PM
Greasy Heel

Does anyone know of any pictures of this? I think Diesel may have it on one of his pasterns. He is out in a dry field all day, but his pen gets muddy and gross with all the snow. It's only one one foot, and it's like...clumps of something. I tried to pick it out and some of it came off, but he was definitely ouchie when I messed with it. When I am not messing with it, he seems completely unfazed by it.
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    11-19-2008, 09:27 PM
Links to pics:

Here's a web page about it
Grease Heel, Greasy Heel, Scratches or Mud Fever in Horses

EDIT: I believe Sonny had that, and I applyed desitine on it (thinking it was a sunburn) and it went away quickly
    11-19-2008, 09:41 PM
Hmm that looks about right. His isn't that bad, but that's probably what it is.

Never heard of desitine....where would you get it?
    11-19-2008, 09:55 PM
Drug store, super market, walmart....

It's a White cream that people use for baby rashes etc. A baby powderish's icky but it seemed to clear SOnny's up nicely
    11-19-2008, 10:01 PM
Thanks, I will give it a shot!
    11-19-2008, 10:56 PM
Green Broke
Also, novalsan works great, and so does dewpoison medicine (from my vet) works great MTG is even reported to help with scratches
    11-20-2008, 12:28 AM
I make a homemade mix of equal parts Desitin, Neosporin (or any other triple antibiotic ointment) and Tinactin or Lotrimin (or any antifungal "athletes foot" type cream). Works for me. Something else I've used that has worked is Otomax (yes, the antifungal ear drops for dogs). If he's tender, try cleaning the area with a sheath cleaner like excalibur - it's made to remove crusty yuk without pain and you won't have to "pick" at it either. If he's prone to mud fever/scratches etc, you can try Gold Bond Medicated powder after it's cleared up or Tinactin spray as preventative maintenance during sloppy conditions.

Good luck.
    11-20-2008, 01:36 AM
Thanks guys! I've never had to deal with this before, and the pictures look pretty gruesome so hopefully I can get it before it can get any worse. Thankfully its only on one foot =)
    11-20-2008, 03:10 AM
Green Broke
Dew poision, scratches, greasy heel, mud fever,

Are all the same thing basicly. A fungus.

The fungus is under the scabs and that is what has to be treated. And almost all of the time it is the back legs that this happens to.

You can take a empty bread bag and put the horses hoof in it and then pour a can of sourkraut into the bag and leave it there for 20 minutes


I have used the juice from sourkraut , soak white cotton with the juice and place around the infected part wrap with vet wrap or any other type wrap. Leave this on at least 12 hrs. It will soften the scabs.
Then wash the area with warm water and with your hands rub the scabs off , then spray with iodine or betadine and the important part is to keep the area dry , repeat with the antiseptic till it heals.(usually about 3 days)

If you want to turn out, wrap with vet wrap to help keep the area dry
Also scratches are more prone on horses with alot of feathering because
The area holds alot of moisture in the hairs.
    11-21-2008, 02:06 PM
My mare had scratches (greasy heal) last spring. I had no idea what it was, but found out via the internet. Her leg also got swollen and from what I've read it requires vet attention, so be on the look out for it.
I got ointment from the vet, and I believe a steroid to give her too. She has not had it since.

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