Today when I was currying Sky's legs, I noticed not a lot of dirt was coming off of the backs of his pasterns..
So I ran my hand across the backs and there was this strange large scab. So Naturally I start picking at it because I thought it was mud at first.. well Sky starts getting testy so I conclude that it's hurting him for me to pick at it. It looks like rain rot so I'm thinking mud fever or scratches? It's just above the bulb of his hoof and below his feathers.
The parts of it I did get off made him have these raw sores.. which I put triple antibiotic on.
What is it... and should I just keep cleaning it off and putting antibiotics on it? Or should I be leaving it alone or scrubbing it (not the sores.. the scabs) with soap and water?
I'm lost.. :/
It didn't seem to affect his movement and he wasn't sore. Just more of a topical thing.
Oh and he is out 24/7 except when he comes in to eat morning and night.. and his pasture is a muddy mess.