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post #1 of 22 Old 12-17-2011, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Strange scabs?

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.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 22 Old 12-17-2011, 06:03 PM
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Sounds like mud fever. I had a quarter horse get that a few years ago. My barn owner and I washed the area with a mixture of betadine and water once a day and made sure to dry the leg. I got some anti-fungal spray that I applied afterwards as well. I would pick up the parts that were dry until they were all gone. It's a pain in the butt but necessary.


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Sounds like mud fever. I had a quarter horse get that a few years ago. My barn owner and I washed the area with a mixture of betadine and water once a day and made sure to dry the leg. I got some anti-fungal spray that I applied afterwards as well. I would pick up the parts that were dry until they were all gone. It's a pain in the butt but necessary.
Okay so keep picking.. wash out with betadine scrub and water? Is that scrub first then rinse with water?

Gosh we just got over rain rot.. now we have mud fever :P Sheesh, poor horse
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Any chance it's an old scar you've just never noticed before?
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Any chance it's an old scar you've just never noticed before?
It could be? I only go out 3 days a week and he's out with a bunch of rowdy youngings so I may have over looked it or it may have happened in these past few days. There was a small scar that I found the other day and it's on the same foot as his old injury. It's possible I could have overlooked the smaller ones.

I'll try to get a picture of it bubba so I can get accurate help =)
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My barn owner and I mixed betadine in the water and washed his legs with it and then towel dried that area. No need to rinse with clean water. We applied an anti-fungal cream afterwards. Took a week or two to totally clear up.


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My barn owner and I mixed betadine in the water and washed his legs with it and then towel dried that area. No need to rinse with clean water. We applied an anti-fungal cream afterwards. Took a week or two to totally clear up.
Okay I will talk with the barn peeps and see if it really is mud fever or if it's an old scar I missed.

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definitely sounds like a case of scratches Previous threads on subject:
Scratches
Scratches! Treating in the winter...
Any cures for scratches??
Mud Fever (AKA Scratches) Suggestions

I have had trouble with this on my white legged paint horses.I have tried everything .What has worked best?take your pick
Zinc oxide cream applied liberally
Scratches cream made by vet.{? Has steroid & antifungal}
Scarlet oil spray soak daily
"Scratches" vaccination obtained from vet.Don't know if he still uses them Expensive but worked all gone in 10days,no fussing with it just leave things alone
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Alright well thank you for the help paintedpastures
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Sounds like mud fever/greasy heel. Go to the pharmacy and buy a bottle of Nizoral shampoo - dilute with hand hot water and lather up well, use a face cloth as it helps gently remove the scabs. Leave to dry.
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