Issue #1-Blaze dropped in front of me after his ride, and his sheath looks suspectly gross to me. He's my first gelding, so I don't know how dirty sheaths can look, and if his crustiness warrants immediate cleaning. If it DOES need to immediately be cleaned, does someone want to weight in on how to do that in the middle of winter in Michigan? His owner said she cleans it once a year in the spring.
Issue #2: Blaze was having some issues with getting raw/red heels from the snow irritation. I started putting Vaseline on them daily, and ordered him some ballistic no-turn bell boots to turn him out in to protect his heels. Those just came in the mail today. I'm alarmed, however, because today was the first time I've properly seen him in daylight since last week, and his fetlocks and heels look similar to naked chickens! What on earth could be causing this hair loss, and how can I remedy it? I did leave him today with the bell boots on his hind feet (the feet these photos are of).