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post #1 of 15 Old 08-12-2008, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Skin condition help!

My horse has developed a skin condition. He is getting patches on his shoulders, rump and neck that he scratches raw. The areas will swell slightly and the skin secretes a little clear fluid.

I have been treating with fungicide and it gets better but then another spot appears. This damage will happen overnight. He looks like a dog with mange!

Any advice is helpful. I am trying to save a farm call.


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post #2 of 15 Old 08-12-2008, 11:23 AM
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Try using the medicated Mane and Tail shampoo for horses and then giving a bath with apple cider vinegar it gets in and kills any fungus and stays in the skin to prevent it.

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post #3 of 15 Old 08-12-2008, 11:25 AM
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With the size of those patches I would want the vet to do a skin sample. Then treat according to what the sample shows. That one on the neck looks pretty raw.
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post #4 of 15 Old 08-12-2008, 11:31 AM
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These lesions are definitely worth a vet exam. They look very much like a local reaction to something that is coming into contact with the skin. The most common cause of lesions like this that I have seen are fly sprays applied heavily in the area of the lesion.

Your vet will probably want to take a biopsy of the area--it's not a big process. ;) The biopsy will be sent off to the lab for histopath to determine if this is a local inflammatory reaction as I suspect.

Stop applying anything to those areas other than possibly washing them with a bit of betadine once a day. Be very sure to rinse them well.

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They look very much like a local reaction to something that is coming into contact with the skin. The most common cause of lesions like this that I have seen are fly sprays applied heavily in the area of the lesion.
it does look like that - hmm

I'll be interested to see what happens!

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post #6 of 15 Old 08-12-2008, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input. I have called the vet.

I have been using fly spay but not heavy and it is not applied every day. I have been using Bronco Gold.
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post #7 of 15 Old 08-12-2008, 12:10 PM
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isn't that the kind with oil in it?

Is your horse out in the sun? (could it be sunburn??)

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post #8 of 15 Old 08-12-2008, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Yes it does have the citronella oil in it.

He is out in the sun but he has been all his life. I do not believe this to be sunburn. He has plenty of shade available if he wants it. I appreciate the thoughts though .

The most recent area is under his mane and out of the sun anyway.
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post #9 of 15 Old 08-12-2008, 01:22 PM
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While it's been used for a long time and you may not feel that you apply it "heavily", it still may be the cause as even a little too much in an area can cause these kinds of reactions on certain horses. For example, while you may not soak the skin all over, the area closest to the spray bottle when you start spraying often gets more fly spray then the rest of the horse and it's those areas that I've seen issues in.

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post #10 of 15 Old 08-12-2008, 01:23 PM
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Have the vet do bloodwork also and check the sugars!!

A friend of mine's horse did that and his sugar was way too high and causing problems
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