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    02-04-2014, 11:43 AM

I have a 9 y/o ottb mare. She has a lot of puzzling little symptoms that I beginning to think may be something more. She constantly has rain rot and mud fever. I get it to pretty much resolve, it rains (or snow) while she doesn't have her sheet/blanket on and I am not there to put it on and its almost instantly awful. Skin and Hair supplements do seem to make it better but do not get rid of the problem. She also stocks up bad. She is outside 24/7. Last year she stocked up but it always completely resolved after riding. This year it all the way up her legs and it gets somewhat better but her ankles are still swollen. She doesn't heal fast. She had a wound on her face when I first got her and it took almost 4 months to completely heal even with giving her penicillin and keeping it clean daily. Another problem I have with her is her topline. No matter how much I ride it never seems to build up. Her muscles everywhere else are still sculpted just her topline never seems to catch up.
this is probably unrelated but her feet grow really fast but they are discolored and cracking a lot more than last year.

I am thinking maybe a deficiency...??

Any suggestions??
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    02-04-2014, 12:13 PM
What is she eating, how much, and how often? What is the pasture quality, how much space and access?
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    02-04-2014, 01:12 PM
Green Broke
Have a vet pull blood and do some testing. Something is wrong and they are the ones to be able to isolate it.
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    02-04-2014, 01:14 PM
SEAmom has great questions and yes, my first thought is that she's deficient. The rainrot is definitely a Vitamin A deficiency and that's why it keeps coming back. The A will also help with her hooves and wound healing. Tell us what she's eating and how long you've had her.
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    02-04-2014, 02:17 PM
You should have her checked by a Vet. Have a blood draw done to find out what she needs before randomly adding specific vitamins.
If you cannot get a Vet out right now, then go get a vitamin mix at your local feed store.
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    02-04-2014, 04:10 PM
She eats 1 1/2 qts of pellets in the am and hay (round bale). She has enough room, I don't think that is an issue. Not much grass but I try to ride her to my mothers ( about a mile away) in the summer and let her graze as much as possible. The Stables she is at has very little grass. The vet is supposed to be coming soon but it all goes by the barn schedule. I have only had her a little over a year.
    02-04-2014, 04:12 PM
She also is on MSM supplements. I have played around with them lately tho its a mixture with MSM in it and she has a coat/skin supplement that we just started again.
    02-04-2014, 04:39 PM
Which skin and coat supplement are you using and what pellets? Are these local mixtures or brand name? What type of hay is it and what color is it?

I ask because it's very difficult to get any sort of idea of what nutrients she's getting (or not getting) without being able to look up the label or something similar.
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    02-04-2014, 04:50 PM
Decade Complete Diet 13 and the hay changes a lot. Now she is on a round bale that its browner yellow. But sometimes she has square bales with all different feelings , thickness, and colors.

We Live in upstate NY she has no access to grass right now.
    02-04-2014, 05:07 PM
And she is on Smart shine and Devils claws plus These just started this week, but she was on the smart shine previously

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