Originally Posted by kickshaw
best prevention - don't give the fungus a place to live
be sure his legs are clean - apply antifungal to it and help get rid of the "funk"
I would have hairless and skinless horses if I didn't spend 2-4 hours every day cleaning and re-cleaning.
I clean stalls every day and deep clean on Saturday. We don't need rain to have rain rot or scratches. All we need is temps over 85 and the humidity to go with it.
Environment plays a huge role. Except for the annual sweet itch on the belly line my Arab has always gotten, my horses never had skin allergy issues until we moved to the southern part of the Tennessee Valley.
The fourth horse I bought two years ago from 100 miles NE of of me, never had skin allergy issues until he came to live on our property.
My county seems to be one of the worst. My vet can't keep up with skin allergies in our county this time of year. Be it inside dogs, outside dogs, or horses.
We have bushhogged four times this year and will have to bushhog one more time to get rid of the sticky pods and seeds on the Dallas grass that grows rampant around here. And that is after a heavy spraying of 2-D-4 in the Spring. We should do it again this fall but the farm tractor needs a clutch to the tune of $1,000. --- which comes first ----me thinks the tractor since renting a big sprayer and buying the 2-D-4 to spray 23 acres is close to $500.
We also have nettle and pig weed. Horse don't eat either, but all they have to do is eat the grass AROUND nettle or pigweed to get an allergic reaction that turns into scratches or whatever it is called in the area one lives.
Pig weed is impossible to kill. It has to literally be hand-pulled up by the roots and if ALL of the root isn't pulled up, it grows back as big as ever.
We have 23 acres, so pulling up pig weed by hand is not going to happen.
The bottom line is that each person has to do the best they can for the environment their horses live in. While not giving the fungus a place to live is the ideal solution, it isn't always possible.
I would have to sell the farm and re-locate somewhere that doesn't have the environmental issues we have. Since we suffer in allergy purgatory for 8 weeks out of the year max, I am not about to pack up and move off this beautiful 23 acres that one person or another tries to buy every other month