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    08-29-2012, 09:12 PM
Is that ringworm? If so it's a fungus that forms on the face and neck sometimes during damp weather. Very contagious so wash thoroughly in case. Check the body, the upper regions for small round hard scabs which they may or may not have. My arab got it on his face and looked like yours. Coppersept cleaned it up. Try to separate your horses until you get this cleaned up.
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    08-29-2012, 09:24 PM
OMG do you think that is what it is? It started very suddenly- first on one horse and then the other. The first one is nearly cleared up after a couple of applications of M-T-G, but Banjo seems to be getting worse. I put Hibitane on it today and if there is no improvement tomorrow will try coppersept.
    08-30-2012, 05:19 PM
It certainly looks like some sort of fungus. Is the pink skin on him where a scab was and it peeled off? It sounds like ring worm or even rain rot ( has it been raining/wet recently? ) it could have started as an allergy to something andd then when he rubs it the cuts could have got infected with something strange. The fact that it appears on both horses one after another makes me think ring worm too.
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    08-30-2012, 06:20 PM
I have pretty much ruled out ringworm after some research. Ringworm is apparently not itchy and the lesions are more uniformly round. And yes, the pink skin is where he rubbed a scab off. I am treating it as a fungal infection, but I still suspect it is somehow connected to the fly spray or the MTG. I have found Banjo a fly mask that Cody can't get off him so the worst parts are covered from the flies. It has not rained much- we have actually had a very dry August so the flies are pretty bad. I am also thinking it could be an allergy or sensitivity that they BOTH have, which is feasible since they are full brothers. Cody's has pretty much cleared up now. He still has some patchy spots on his neck but they have healed and the hair is growing back. Banjo seemed to get the worst of it, and it is really annoying since I JUST started him under saddle and now I can't do much because I don't want the bridle to irritate the sores.
    08-30-2012, 07:35 PM
Aw. Well good luck. I stick swat on everything my little pony gets into. Hope he feels better.
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    08-30-2012, 09:40 PM
    08-31-2012, 09:35 AM
I find fungal infections tend to have a whitish crusty build up. This looks like a burn that has been rubbed to me. Was the fly spray oil or water based? I have seen horses get some nasty burns from oil based fly spray in strong sunlight. I would clean it and put a very light antibiotic cream on it. You'll want the air to get at it so keep it light (no thick coatings), it will take several days for you to see an appreciable difference.
    08-31-2012, 09:49 AM
The fly spray was very oily (and quite ineffective so I used a lot of it). Last night I gave it a good, thorough wash with hibitane soap and water which got most of the remaining scabs off, then hibitane cream which is not thick or greasy. I only had a small tube so didn't get all of it- there are some large patches but I am hoping that will at least help alleviate the itching, poor guy.
    08-31-2012, 10:03 AM
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First off to reply to Sherian, fungal infections by no means have to have a whitish crust. Scratches is commonly fungal and I have never seen scratches with a whiteish crust, ever.

Second, if it was a reaction to fly spray I would expect this same thing on other delicate skin areas, not just the face. Neck doesn't really have delicate skin like the belly, or between the front legs.

I would definitely be using something to treat a fungal AND bacterial infection. Yes, they make shampoos and sprays that will treat both types.

Every fly spray I have used has been oily. And citronella is a very very common ingredient and is usually needed to be effective. Ever heard of citronella candles to keep mosquitos away? And fly spray should never ever be sprayed on the face anyway.

I have no idea what hibitane soap is so I can't comment on that.
    08-31-2012, 10:25 AM
Hibitane is an antiseptic like betadine. It says it is good for both fungal and bacterial infections. I had been wiping fly repellent on his face because I was unable to find a fly mask that his brother could not tear off him. I also suspect the MTG had something to do with it because he flared up in several places under his mane, but I certainly didn't put any of it on his face. This morning it looks a bit better- at least it has not spread any further that I can see. I'll give him a more thorough inspection after work.

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