So thanks to the weather, it seems my horse has some issues we need worked out. I may very well be just a paranoid owner, but I want him well taken care of. He's 8 years old, gelded. I have had him for a little over a year.
He is not skinny, has a shiny coat, eats and drinks well. He seems kind of lethargic, I'm thinking from the heat. He isn't being ridden right now, and he is kept as my pasture puff. He still gets regular worming, vet care, and trimmings. He wears a fly mask. On really hot days we used to give them a bath, but the well is running dry where he is, so we can't do that anymore. He has access to a shelter as well.
So here are my issues.
He has what I believe may be rain rot on his back legs. I was treating it with krudbuster, which seemed to help a bit, but it has spread to his thighs near his groin area now. It's puzzling. It causes small amounts of hair to fall out, and seems to itch.
He has these weird cuts on his hocks, almost like he's been itching them against the barn or something. They aren't deep, and I know I probably shouldn't worry about them. I've been trying to just let them heal, but they just don't seem to go away. I think I may pick up some vetericyn tonight to spray on them.
He has runny poop. Not too bad, but bad enough that I'm a little concerned. I don't know if its the heat or what. Is it possible that he may be stressed out? He was recently pulled off pasture and put on hay for a few weeks, simply because we have had no rain and the grass isn't growing. We are moving him to our neighbors pasture, which is really plentiful because he has 3 sheep on 10 acres, lots of grass left with access to a pond. Should I be concerned about his stools, or should I wait and see if being put back out will help?
I know he needs his sheath cleaned, but I've never done it before.
I am very willing to do it, and up til now he looked like he was clean. But he's def in need of a cleaning. Any tips? I've heard you can hurt them getting the bean out. Is that true? What's the best product to clean them with?
I ran out of his joint supplement, so he needs more of that. I'm going to order it either today or tomorrow. I'm wondering, since I'll be ordering online, if I should pick up any other supplement for him? Like a multivitamin or maybe a electrolyte? He has a salt block, but I'm concerned with how hot it is, and how much sweating he does, that maybe he isn't getting the proper amount of nutrients.
His feet have been cracking also, so I have been putting a hoof moisturizer on him. He is due to be trimmed again this next week, but his feet really aren't long, just cracking a little.
Oh and the only grain he gets is with his supplement, which is a negligible amount. I can put him on grain if needed, but he is an easy keeper and maintains, or even gains weight, on just pasture.
Sorry that's long, but I want to make sure that my boy is getting taken care of the best I can in this heat. Any advice appreciated!