Well we all know that vitamin A is usually the cure for skin issues and we always tell those that don't have access to green grass to supplement with the liquid vitamin A. Well my Lizzy is on a large green pasture and has been for a month now. She had a severe case of scratches just as they were starting to get green grass but that was because she had a tendon injury and kept standing in the pond with her wrap on. It was so bad I had to get some prescription stuff from the vet to put on it. It is still healing, still pink skin and the hair is not really wanting to grow back. Well she is getting lots of skin irritation on all her legs (pink skin on all 4) where she has some scabs and it looks pretty pink. Not the bleeding scabs but the kind that flake off taking the hair with it.
So after all that should I still be supplementing with vitamin A? She is on green pasture 24/7 and gets a vitamin/mineral supp in the morning that has a pretty significant vitamin A dose. I keep her legs clean and I shaved them to help keep them dry. She does wear fly boots but that is because the flys make her all bloody. She is not standing in the pond very often anymore, I can tell because her hooves are dry everytime I pull her out.
And on to the joint problems:
Her tendon injury was to her front left. Vet figured she just kicked herself and she trotted out sound so he didn't feel the need to do an u/s. Not sure when the swelling went down from that as she got severe scratches to the point fetlock to knee was swollen and warm. But that is all done now. No heat, no swelling and sound BUT yesterday she was very stiff going to the left her canter felt very jarring compared to going to the right. She is on Smartpak smartflex senior herb free supplement but that just started about a week ago so might not being taking effect yet.
I wanted to do endurance but after her injury she had 3 weeks off and now we are very slowly starting back into work. Mostly been just walk and some trotting until last night was the first time we cantered in a circle. She has also been choppy in her trot out on the trails which is unusual for her. She typically does the arab trot and moves freely. She is also 20.
Also to note I just asked the barn owner if anyone ever has a chiro out to see if maybe I could tag in on an appointment.
Sorry for the novel but any help?