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    01-10-2010, 05:27 PM
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So my horse has been on stall rest for a couple months due to having proud flesh removed and then it coming back and blah blah blah. Anyways. My instructions were to keep him in or else his bandage could get wet or something. So for a while the owner of the barn I am boarding at kept puttting him outside and it wasnt until I caught him in person and said LEAVE HIM IN, that he actually started leaving him inside. But. Now he's complaining that my horse being in all the time is costing him more money in shavings so he's not doing his stall as often. He just picks it everyday and doesnt actually take wet out and put dry in. So I got there today after not being out for only 2 days. His stall was a bloody mess! ( not literally) Soooo wet. He was caked in poop and wet from laying in his own pee. All his hair was just caked to him. I went in his stall to change his bandage and noticed on his withers a huge ( about the size of an average persons palm) patch of hair was missing and was sore and raw. There was dead skin around the area that could be picked off easily to reveal fresh clean skin under neath. I didnt pick too much away but I could tell he was loving it. It must be so itchy! Im wondering could this be irritation from being wet and gross. Or could it be a serious skin fungus. We took procautions just in case.

Oh and Im happy to say mom and I cleaned his stall out 100% and brushed him down and picked his feet. His feet look like theyre developing thrush though Ugh..
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    01-10-2010, 05:31 PM
Green Broke
I would call the vet ASAP. There is something that they get and there skin gets irritated and if you do not catch it quickly it can be life threatening. I can't remember what it is but someone just told me about it the other day and said to watch for it. When I was reading your post in my mind I was thinking skin falling off and then I read that has happened to you. Antibiotics are a simple treatment. Offer to pay for extra bedding or buy your own.
    01-10-2010, 07:03 PM
Hey, I've been looking it up and talked to my vets secretary. She sai it sounds like dry skin and that he probably rubbed it off and that's why he liked me scratching it so much. She shaid a bath would help but sinces its winter I can't bath him, so she suggested a few ointments. I guess its nothing very serious. Im going to try this skin soothing balm stuff to see it that helps but she told me to curry comb off all the dry stuff first or else it will be like putting medicine on a scab. Thanks alot though. I shouldve done this before I posted.
    01-11-2010, 05:15 PM
Green Broke
I would not trust a sectretsries opinion over the phone. Just my opinion.
    01-13-2010, 01:04 AM
It could be a simple irritation from being so dirty; I'd just try to keep him cleaner; perhaps try buying some straw and putting that over his shavings, so that he's not 'totally' on wet all the time, but has a couple of layers. Even when a stall is clean all the time, if it's a dirt floor, and the horse is in it all the time, the floor just stays wet after a while. Not that the BO shouldn't be cleaning his stall, but you will still have to take extra precautions in managing his feet, even with his stall being clean, now. You could get something like Cut Heal Hoof Heal, to help prevent/heal thrush, if you suspect that it's starting.

As far as the skin problem, if it doesn't go away in a couple of days, I would call the vet again, and actually speak to him/her. Maybe take some photos of it in and show them to the vet, even, so they can get a visual of what you are talking about.
    01-13-2010, 09:27 AM
As said above, maybe you should buy extra shavings. Also, another alternative to treating that proud flesh is use Underwood Horse Medicine. It doesn't necessarily have to be wrapped with that... just read the instructions. www.underwoodhorsemedicine.com if it's not available to buy in your area. With the Underwoods, he can go outside as long as your BO will treat him with it daily. Problem solved.

It would also work well on his withers
    01-13-2010, 10:16 AM
I would not trust a sectretsries opinion over the phone. Just my opinion.
Most of them are actually very knowledgable. My vet's receptionist is also my old BM and she was prevet in college.

Its probably nothing serious if its healing well. I was at a few barns were I had to clean my own stall, sometimes people are just lazy. The BO should ask you to pay extra or suck it up. Leaving a horse to sit in a wet stall is negligence on his part.

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