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post #1 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question Please help :(

I have an 9 year old thoroughbred mare and I noticed on her front left leg has weird circle spots prob Like 9 of them they arent big. someone told me they were a fungus then someone else said I bathed her too much . Has anyone see this before? Thanks soo much for the time to read this and reply.
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post #2 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 11:35 PM
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Hard to tell without seeing them. Do you have pictures? Could be rain rot. I'm no expert, though.
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post #3 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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No I will take pics tomorrow thx soo much for ur reply tho :)
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post #4 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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How do they get rain rot? I've been putting fungasol cream on it

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Bacteria and fungi live in the soil and on skin. It's not uncommon to have overgrowth of bacteria and fungi in warm, damp conditions - fetlocks and pasterns are perfect places for this to take hold. In a recent EQUUS magazine there was an excellent article with pictures, showing different kinds of skin conditions ranging from rain rot/scratches to ringworm. All have different causes and treatments. In general, if your round spots are around the size of a dime in diameter, and hairless underneath (with maybe a little pus), you might try an antibacterial like Vetericyn. You'll know it's working if 1) the spots dry up; 2) the skin heals over; 3) The spots don't get bigger; and 4) the spot don't spread.

It's really, really important not to pick at the scabs/spots if they're stuck down; that just damages the skin further and causes it to spread. Pick off the loose ones, treat with the antibacterial, and keep the horse in a dry stall or lot. It's important to clip the feathers on the back of the legs with scissors or clippers *(but not too close, don't irritate the skin)* so that the legs can stay dry.

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post #6 of 19 Old 03-07-2012, 01:03 AM
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If you're not sure what it is, that low on the leg it would most likely either be something like scratches (mud fever) which is a bacterial infection of the skin.

In a mild form scratches would look something like this:

or this:


Ringworm would look like this:


I can't find a good picture of rain rot, rain scald, or urine scald on legs but that is also a possibility.
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post #7 of 19 Old 03-09-2012, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Ladytrails: omg you guys are so helpful!!! I've been putting fungulsol and it seems to be working!! They are about the size of a dime maybe smaller.

Thank you all soo mch for helping me !!!

Also one more question can u give your horse too much Gatorade ? Cause it's been super hot here in FL and I noticed she wasnt drinking and was barley pooping so I went out and bought a 15 gallon tub and put 11/2 scoop of gatorde powder and she guzzles it down and I've noticed she's back to normal pooping and peeing
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The electrolytes in gatorade are what helped her - I would not recommend using gatorade on a regular basis - invest in some electrolytes intended for horses. You can get liquid or powder forms, and it is relatively inexpensive.
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post #9 of 19 Old 03-09-2012, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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I've tried using the horse electrolytes and she doesn't touch it she does this weird thing with her lip and I've tried the liquid one and the next am her water wasn't even touched .. Can it Hurt her using gatorade
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There is a LOT of sugar in gatorade which is really not great for a horse.
Perhaps try mixing electrolytes in her feed.

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