Mud fever AGAIN? Shaving fetlocks this early?

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    01-08-2012, 06:47 PM
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Mud fever AGAIN? Shaving fetlocks this early?

So this morning as I was picking out Lacey's feet, I noticed what seems to be a scab on her back right fetlock, down by the hoof. It wasn't a super crusty scab, it was just a "hello, I'm a little tiny scab" kinda scab.

And now I'm scared.
It took her until July last year to get over last year's case of mud fever (which she picked up mid-March) and I'll probably die if I have to treat her for mud fever for that long again.

Her field isn't that muddy yet either. It's a little muddy in spots, like right outside her shed, but not "OMG" muddy.

So now, the question is:
Is it possible for her to have scabs left over from the summers mud fever or should I start treating her ASAP for mud fever because those scabs should be long gone?

Also, should I shave her feltlocks/pasterns? They're very hairy and with the amount of wetness she encounters daily (her lower pasture is pretty much a swamp, she loves it down there, and I can't easily gate it off) I wouldn't be surprised if they're holding excess dampness. However, since it's only going to get muddier, if I shave them now, will I be causing myself more of a problem later?
Personally, I think shaving them might be good since the hair down there is like 3 inches long and impossible to groom (too short to comb, too long to brush). If it were shorter, I could easily just brush the mud off with a stiff brush.
But you guys are the experts.

Save me?

Also, I know I need to find her a Vitamin A supplement. However, I wasn't able to find it at a feed store locally and I can only find gel caplets in the human stores and I'm not sure if a gel caplet would do her any good...
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    01-08-2012, 07:24 PM
I would shave them now... it'll save the headache later in the spring. If you can keep/knock the mud off now, you've got a head start!

The hair on the legs isn't doing a WHOLE lot to keep her warm, shave now and if she needs a shave later in the spring, you can give her another then.
    01-08-2012, 07:41 PM
I would start as soon as possible, and shave them now. It just seems like it would make more sense to treat something that may be coming, than let it wait then have to treat something larger and something harder to control. :)

As for the supplements... Look online, you can often find a good price for something hard to find in stores.

Good luck!
    01-08-2012, 07:56 PM
Green Broke
Scratches? (mud fever, etc)
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    01-09-2012, 09:41 AM
Originally Posted by My Beau    
I would shave them now... it'll save the headache later in the spring. If you can keep/knock the mud off now, you've got a head start!

The hair on the legs isn't doing a WHOLE lot to keep her warm, shave now and if she needs a shave later in the spring, you can give her another then.
A related question,
Do you shave the fetlocks as a preventive or only if mud fever is present?

    01-09-2012, 12:49 PM
Clipping the long hair will enable you to towel dry her on a daily basis. If she is that hyper sensitive, I certainly would!
    01-09-2012, 01:27 PM
I'd clip close and I'd invest in some Eqyss MicroTek shampoo and spray and just make it a habit to wash her lower legs and spray the MicroTek spray on at the end of every day that you're out there. A little prevention is worth a whole lot of cure.
    01-09-2012, 03:27 PM
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Thanks! I'll shave them today (I'm re-doing her clip today too so fun clipping times for us! Haha)

I do have Mane+Tail Fungal shampoo that worked well for her last summer (once I finally disregarded the instructions and started leaving the suds on for 15 minutes instead of "no more than 10 minutes") so I'll shampoo her legs with that today as well and look into that MicroTek shampoo+spray.

I appreciate all your help, everybody! :)

And thanks walkinthewalk, I've been following that thread. :)

Lancek- I'm shaving my mare's right now as a preventative but it's a must if mud fever is actually present. Shaving them helps the legs dry out more quickly and since mud fever loves continuously damp surroundings, by removing the thing holding in dampness (aka hair) you're removing the "home" of the bacteria. Hopefully that makes sense!
    01-09-2012, 03:44 PM
Do you or can you stall her at night? My farrier complains about fungus on the white line of my horses when they're turned out and it's really muddy. THIS winter I've been stalling every night and keeping the stalls as dry as possible. Their hooves do best when they are dry. Even the "dry hoof" problems are caused by too wet conditions. Consider when you do too many dishes--your hands are in the water but they dry out--same thing with your horse. Just FYI. =D
    01-09-2012, 04:14 PM
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I think I might give stalling her at night at try this spring.
I haven't in the past but it would probably be better for the pastures and her legs if I did.
Th only real problem with stalling her is that she'd basically be stalled in a "shelter+small outside area" sort of thing where the outside area is already very muddy (the second muddiest on the property). However, I could slightly increase the space of the outside area to include an area with no mud... I'll give it some thought this afternoon.

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