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post #11 of 23 Old 02-10-2010, 09:53 PM
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Some people use furazone in the mix I posted (Desitin, Triple Aniobiotic, Cortizone cream & Tinactin) and I've heard of some people mixing in a bit a fenbendazole dewormer (safeguard). Why? I don't know... you've got everything in the mix you already need, but they claim it works so I'm sure furazone wouldn't hurt.

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post #12 of 23 Old 02-11-2010, 08:40 PM
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Always good to see more ideas on what people use for this, as I tried tons of things over the summer when my horse got scratches.
What finally worked best for him was:
Clipped all the hair from the affected legs (I used a 40 blade) to help them dry as easily as possible
Applied cowboy magic krudbuster twice daily and let soak for 10-15 minutes. The scabs were soft enough after this to just wipe off which I did to make sure they were also completely dry again
Applied MTG to the scratches
Applied a mixture (2/3 desitin cream mixed with 1/3 TriCare antibiotic ointment mixed with dexamethasone powder) to cover the entire area to be sure that no moisture would get in
The desitin does wonders on blocking stuff out.
He stayed in work while this was going on as he was completely sound but I was unable to use bell or brushing boots on him as they rubbed the area.
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post #13 of 23 Old 02-11-2010, 08:53 PM
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HI I know nothing about mud fever but take a look at a new product that is sooo safe and works on so many things. I have heard amazing results coming from this product. It is called vetericyn. Best of luck
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post #14 of 23 Old 02-11-2010, 10:23 PM
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mtg

In regards to MTG for mud fever/mud scald...I have used it and had undesirable results. My mare is a grey with pink skin - the MTG burned her skin. It made the mud fever worse by inflaming the skin around it and causing the area to become very very sore. The skin cracked open and was oozing.

This was a couple of years ago and since then I have learned that for my horse, just leaving the scab alone and not washing and picking is beneficial. When I wash the scabs and remove them, I find the infection spreads. If I leave scab alone, it eventually disappears with no ill affects to my mare.

I only intervene if the leg swells from the infection - which has only happened once.
This does not work for everyone - I know people who have left the mud scald alone and it spread severely.

I have discovered over the years that mud scald is different on every horse and not one treatment will work for all cases! Good luck!

Just thought I'd would let you know of my experience. Remember...this works for me...it may or may not work for you.
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Well, most of the mud fever is cleared up now, but I have horrible news...

Pretty much every part of Bear's body is out of place. Most of his neck, his pole, his back, probably ribs, his hips, and we think he threw his hocks out too. I could do light riding with him, but im not going to, as I refuse to put him in any more pain. My poor, poor boy. We are calling the chiro next week I hope, so they should be out in a few weeks. *Sigh*

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post #16 of 23 Old 02-12-2010, 08:41 AM
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Neopredef works well on mud fever, just for future reference. It's a vet item, $15. Most vets will sell it to you without a visit or you can buy it online. It worked great for me when other stuff just didn't seem to completely take care of it

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I forgot to add to apply after scrubbing with betadine or chlorhexidine, and completely drying the area

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post #18 of 23 Old 02-12-2010, 09:43 AM
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Pretty much every part of Bear's body is out of place. Most of his neck, his pole, his back, probably ribs, his hips, and we think he threw his hocks out too. I could do light riding with him, but im not going to, as I refuse to put him in any more pain. My poor, poor boy. We are calling the chiro next week I hope, so they should be out in a few weeks. *Sigh*
How did that happen?
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post #19 of 23 Old 02-12-2010, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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How did that happen?
Lots of things. He is a big horse, plus he is a violent roller, and he loves to roll about twice a day (in the mud, of course...). He used to be a 3' hunter jumper, then went on to be a lesson horse for kids learning to jump (and some of the more advanced riders). He has just had a hard life, I guess. We arent entirely sure. ):

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post #20 of 23 Old 02-12-2010, 09:56 PM
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The best thing you can do is keep the scabs moisturized! The best way to treat scratches is to keep it clean but DO NOT SCRUB! It is extremely painful for your horse, especially if he was lame from it! Use lavage (water pressure, such as holding your finger over the tip of the hose so the stream increases a bit in pressure, but not too much!) and clean the area well, using some kind of anti-bacterial such as hibitane. Put some vaseline on the scabs and bandage!! Keep it clean and the scabs moisturized! The best way to prevent scratches is if your horse has white legs, is trim the hair down on the white legs - it is proven they are way more prone to scratches. May not be the most attractive, but it will prevent this painful process! =)
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