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    08-30-2012, 08:31 PM
What causes this and how do I treat it?

One of our geldings has had this developing on his heels for several days now, and it is getting worse. At first I thought it might be from to much mud and water but it's mostly dry here now, and none of the other horses have it, which makes me suspect an allergy or poisoning of some sort. It's only on his feet which have socks, and his skin is almost just drying up and crumbling off. I have put swat on it to try and help with the flies but I don't know what else to do with it. Has anyone seen this before/ know how to treat it? Thanks in advance.

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    08-30-2012, 08:45 PM
I'm no expert, but I'd be calling my vet.
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    08-30-2012, 08:45 PM
Sunburned ......my Haflinger had that after a move from north to south. Went away in fall.
Took us forever to figure it out tho.
I used a Sauerkraut poultice on it, it cleaned it nicely and I could then treat it just like a normal wound. Sounds weird, I know, but it does a super job.
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    08-30-2012, 08:46 PM
Is the pasture currently really wet? It could be scratches, which is a fungus. It looks very ouchy! I'm thinking you may want a vet out to check that out.
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    08-30-2012, 08:49 PM
Or he could be rubbed raw from the dried on mud?
    08-30-2012, 09:00 PM
It looks like mud fever to me. Yes, if you can have a vet out I think that's your best bet. Probably needs to be put on antibiotics for 10 days, given a probiotic, gently scrubbing the areas and hosing them and applying some Tri-care or similar ointment, perhaps. There appears to be a lot of swelling.
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    08-30-2012, 09:06 PM
Green Broke
I'm the third vote for scratches and horrible at that. You need a vet yesterday. I agree with DRichmond, most likely needs antibiotics.
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    08-30-2012, 09:47 PM
Thanks everybody.it is bothering him quite a bit, I feel bad for the poor fellow. We are likely going to get the vet out, our regular vet is on holidays right now though so hopefully the ones from the clinic are better than they used to be. What exactly is scratches? Ill have to look into it. And the pasture has been very wet this year but its pretty dry now, and none of the others with him have it.
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    08-30-2012, 09:59 PM
Green Broke
Scratches, mud fever, or dew poisoning all the same thing. Most often occurs on pink skin which would be his white socks.
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    08-30-2012, 10:10 PM
True, but in winter and spring, "cold wet skin loses its protective barrier and the bacteria can enter"....I still opt for a bad case of sunburn
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