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        04-18-2008, 10:26 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    whats wrong with him!? UPDATE....he's.....FINE!!!

    I noticed vince has a patch of dandruffy skin with black things attached to the hairs on either side of him behind the leg where the girth goes. I thought it could be a girth gall but when I went onto google to check it said that girth galls are lumps and/or swelling. I then checked mange and am not sure if it fitted the description. I'm very worried about this and wondering what it could be....help is greatly appreciated...

    I tried to get pictures but as he is a very light colour you can't see anything. Also the patch is small, the dandruffy stuff is white and the hairs cover the black things so you can't see a problem at all.

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    I found a hard scab on his hind leg... i'm so worried coz I don't know what it is!!

    Please please help me

    - - - UPDATE - - -
    I got my stepmum to look him over and she said he was fine.....just a little chafing from being a bit dirty around his girth and the hard scab on the hind leg.....he just knocked it somewhere!

    Anyway he is in the all clear.

    I went for a ride tonight.....he was great! We went exploring on a new rode and met cows (pfft.....he's used to them), sheep (not so used to them as he hasn't seen any for about 4 years!), lots of horses, a rabbit, birds, 3 cars (very nice drivers as they slowed down) and an evil killer dog (it was about 10 cms high and very, very, scary!). We cantered, trotted, walked, climbed up a steep bank, galloped for a few strides and when we got back home....we jumped a few logs lying in the grass a couple of times and cantered around the paddock bareback.....i stayed on for a few gallop strides but slowed him down to a slow trot and jumped off and let him have a big gallop around the paddock. Then I rode him (not bareback this time) to his paddock (as we were in the 2 back paddocks) over the hill in the moonlight. I rubbed him down once we were home, dryed him off and let him go galloping off under the full moon to rejoin the wild gang...amber and mally.

    Well.....it was a great ride and a great day! I had lots of fun and i'm sure vince did to....his eyes were bright his ears pricked forward and he seemed to enjoy the jumping and the gallop around the paddock.
         
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        04-18-2008, 11:37 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    Perhaps it is chafing, but I have never seen a horse actually get chafed by a girth. Just a thought, but I honestly haven't the slightest idea.
         
        04-19-2008, 09:18 AM
      #3
    Green Broke
    It could be a varient of rain rot. Wash it very well with a surgical shampoo like Betadine, make sure it stays dry and clean, and don't ride him for a few days and see if it heals up. Make sure you sterilize your brushes and the girth, because if it is rain rot it is caused by a fungus and using an infected girth or brushes will give it right back to him, or any other horse you use them on.
         
        04-19-2008, 11:23 AM
      #4
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by apachiedragon
    It could be a varient of rain rot. Wash it very well with a surgical shampoo like Betadine, make sure it stays dry and clean, and don't ride him for a few days and see if it heals up. Make sure you sterilize your brushes and the girth, because if it is rain rot it is caused by a fungus and using an infected girth or brushes will give it right back to him, or any other horse you use them on.
    it could be.... although it hasn't rained in ages and when I looked up the symptons he didnt fit some....he doesnt have scabs or anything and it doesn't hurt him or appear to give him any discomfort at all...... gah! I don't know!
         
        04-19-2008, 10:51 PM
      #5
    Yearling
    The advice to wash with betadine and dry it and give time off is still sound. It could be any number of bacteria or fungi causing an infection--especially in an area where a horse would sweat under a girth. Betadine scrubs are a good way to start out with any skin condition.

    Then if it's not improved in a couple of days have your vet out for skin scrapings and a fungal culture.
         
        04-20-2008, 12:03 AM
      #6
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ryle
    The advice to wash with betadine and dry it and give time off is still sound. It could be any number of bacteria or fungi causing an infection--especially in an area where a horse would sweat under a girth. Betadine scrubs are a good way to start out with any skin condition.

    Then if it's not improved in a couple of days have your vet out for skin scrapings and a fungal culture.
    would an iodine spray work as well?
         

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