Rescue Horse With Severe Rain Rot and other issues...
So, I am moving my horses from my current boarding facility because the owner is moving to a smaller place and can't take her boarders. Anyway, she has a couple of horses that were abandoned at the place by a deadbeat boarder several years ago. She kept feeding them, but did nothing else with them. There is a mare and a stud, they are mother and son. The stud isn't in too bad shape, but the poor mare needs some rehab. My boarding manager plans to give their former owner one last voicemail and then she is surrendering the horses to the county. So, since I need another horse like I need a hole in the head, I have brought up the idea of taking the mare when I move in a week or two.
She has what looks like rain rot or mudfever all up and down her back legs past her hocks. She has been standing in 6-12 inches of mud,water and poop all winter. She has huge scabs all over her legs, her legs are swollen, and she is reluctant to move forward, I assume because of the discomfort. To my knowledge she has never been out of her little pen in all the time I have boarded there, has not had her hooves trimmed, not been wormed, vaccinated, etc. I have my farrier coming out soon to work on her feet and hopefully give me some advice on her hoof soundness. I also want to get treating this rot asap. I had a mild case of greasy heel on one of my geldings this past winter, so I am familiar with fungal and bacterial skin conditions, I just wanted to post and see if anyone has experience in treating *severe* mud fever. If so, what's your story and how did you deal with it? Any particular brands of treatments, or home remedies that worked?
The basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.
He's of the color of the nutmeg and of the heart of the ginger.
His neigh is like the bidding of a monarch,
And his countenance enforces homage.
- William Shakespeare