Scabby Sore on Vixen
Vixen is a 9 month old Tennessee Walk. Before I got her, she was never worked with, never handled, never even came within 10 feet of a human. When we weaned her, she has changed completely. She's my baby, and trusts me. Well, last week i finally got her halter trained, and this week i was introducing her to brushing. I used the curry comb and i noticed this patch of scabby skin on her. The scabs come off with ease, and the skin itself is soft (i know probably not suppose to touch it). I go out there every day to brush her, but i steer clear of the scab. I do push the hair back to look at it. It doesnt seem to bother her. She has no hair in this area. what could it be. I gave the brushes a bleach bath after i used them the first time and ran over the scabby sore area.
Where is the patch of skin located? Do you have any photos of the area?
It's on her back. vixensore | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Is she out with any other horses?
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My immediate thought was an infection of some sort. It looks quite similar to one that one of my mares had in her girth area. I took her into the vet clinic and they took a biospy from the area. It showed nothing particular other than some nondescript bacteria. I treated it with a topical antibiotic and it went away. However, it may well be something with a little more punch such as a fungus infection. If it doesn't look like it's clearing up on its own, you probably want to have a chat and/or visit with your vet. Good luck.
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