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    11-12-2010, 04:15 AM
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Does anyone know of any treatments for greasy heel?
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    11-12-2010, 06:46 AM
I believe for Aura the vet told us to use some NFZ and a bit f MTG mixed in to promote hair growth.
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    11-12-2010, 10:09 AM
Vetericyn gel's antibacterial, antifungal and gentle to tissues. It seems to dry up the oozy bits nicely and keeps it from spreading. Use twice a day until you see improvement then okay to back off to once a day. Then I agree that MTG works after the skin is healed to help hair grow back.
    11-12-2010, 11:03 AM
Please tell me what greasy heel is?? I never heard of such a thing!
    11-12-2010, 11:46 AM
Originally Posted by tealamutt    
please tell me what greasy heel is?? I never heard of such a thing!

Cowboy talk for scratches.

Grease Heel, Greasy Heel, Scratches or Mud Fever in Horses
    11-12-2010, 12:28 PM
I never heard of mud fever being called greasy heel either not a common term mls
    11-12-2010, 01:45 PM
Originally Posted by mls    

Ok pastern dermatitis! Lol, I like to read this board because it teaches you all the little colloquialisms people use. Spend too much time around vets and sport horse people and all you learn is the "doctor speak", handy to know what everyone likes to call the same thing!
    11-12-2010, 02:24 PM
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In the UK "greasy heel" is called mud fever.

Treating a horse that has got it is easy. Keep the heel dry and out of mud and treat with antiseptics like purple spray or aloevera to get rid of the wounds.

Preventing mud fever is much harder. I firmly believe that washing horses legs is the problem. I never wash my ponies legs in winter unless I have time for them to dry completely before putting them back out in the mud. Damp skin is the problem as it is weaker and more prone to letting in the bacteria. I leave my horses legs muddy overnight in the stables and brush off in the morning.

Pigoil mixed with flour of sulphur applied to the legs with a paintbrush will completely prevent all mud fever if applied regularly, not washed off, only brushed off and the horse doesnt already have mud fever.
    11-12-2010, 02:59 PM
^^ yep faye, you nailed it! Keeping the legs dry is absolutely key. The reason you get mud fever/scratches/whathaveyou is because the skin gets comprimised and secondary infection sets in. This is why it is sometimes fungal, sometimes bacterial- whatever is there to take advantage of the damaged skin will set up house and infect.

Most important thing you can do to treat is keep the skin clean and DRY and try to limit UV exposure as well since this makes the skin more sensitive and slows healing.
    11-12-2010, 08:58 PM
Desitin is what I use on heels, rain rot, etc.. all those crusty things. ;)

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