So my horse (Sienna) is currently living in a field with five other horses. The property is huge (100+ acres) so she has plenty of room. However, the man who owns it can only get out to it at minimum once a week. This is not an ideal situation, I know. Hopefully she will not be there forever and I am doing the best I can. Please help me out here.
I went to visit her over Midterm break. I almost cried when I saw her. Much of her is hairless. Her legs especially. There are big patches on each of her sides and scattered ones on her neck, butt, and ear/jaw. It's very itchy to her so I don't know how much of the hair loss is due to scratching or the fungus/reaction.
The weirdest thing is what it's secreting/stuck to her? There are these little yellow waxy balls. They seriously look like earwax but they're a bit more firm. I gave her a sponge bath and many of them came off, along with dead skin that was sort of scabby looking and hair. She's been biting herself to itch so I had to be careful because she has some open wounds. I went to the store and bought a fungus spray which I doused her in, and then put a coat of vetrocin all over her.
It's just odd to me that I don't know how fungus could make little waxy balls. They're mostly on the patches on her legs (even behind the hocks, so I'm not sure how that could have rubbed on her if it's something she got into?). However they are definitely on her sides, too. They're all wrapped up in hair/scabby skin and the effect is quite nasty.
I have never seen anything like it. It's definitely NOT rain rot, she's gotten that before and I know what that looks like. Is this some kind of weird reaction to a plant? None of the other horses have it. None of my horse friends (including my equine professor!) had ever sen it before. Please help!
p.s. The pictures are not really a good indicator of what's happening, you can't see the yellow wax stuff in them (well, some by the hocks). But I figured I'd add them anyhow.