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    08-24-2014, 12:26 AM
What is Going on With My Boy...Skin Condition

I rescued this horse and here is what I am currently dealing with or...Trying to deal with the best I can at the moment

He has some kind of skin condition. I have thought rain rot, ringworm or sweet itch.

The pics are under his belly and his topline. I have treated with betadine and Listerine and neither have made a difference that I have noticed.

He was under weight when I got him and his belly is filling out, however, his topline continues to look extremely thin, bony and weak.

He came to me cribbing and his upper teeth are completely worn down because of it. He currently wears a cribbing collar at all times and no longer cribs.

Any ideas of what this skin condition may be and what to do about his topline?

I will have the vet out again but any thoughts would be greatly appreciated until then.

Thank you so much! :)
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    08-24-2014, 03:41 AM
Looks like a fungus to me too. Wash him in a fungus wash, I believe it is in a green bottle, can get it at the feed store, you can use a fungus med for athletes foot as well. If this horse was thin when you got him, he may be loaded with worms, worm him with a daily feed through wormer for two months, then paste worm him and two weeks later paste him again. The daily wormer is better for emaciated horses loaded with worms, . If too many worms die suddenly and the horse is loaded with them, it can clog blood stream. Learned this from uc davis, bringing back a starved horse
    08-24-2014, 02:24 PM
More protein for the topline problems and up his vitamin A and E. I use Farnams Mare Plus for all my horses or the cattle version of liquid injectable A and E but I just put it over some feed. Hay is often lacking in those very important skin health related vitamins good green grass gives and Im guessing pasture is limited to nonexistant in Cali?
    08-24-2014, 04:37 PM
Thank you so much for the responses!
I am going to town today and am going to get nizoral antifungal shampoo.
I hope that is a good choice as the tack stores are closed today and I would like to start this asap.
As for the feed. He is on alfalfa 2-3 times daily with beet pulp and grass hay a few times a week.
Pasture is non existent. :/
I am definitely willing to add vitamins to his feed.
Again, thank you so much for the responses! :)
    08-24-2014, 04:59 PM
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I'd spend money on a skin scrape - if it is ringworm the nizoral should help but he might be infested with mange mites in which case it won't
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    08-24-2014, 05:40 PM
Sweet itch is an allergy. The part you see is the horse rubbing itself not an issue of the skin itself.

My guess would be rain rot but I agree with having the vet check it to be safe.

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