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post #1 of 14 Old 06-11-2015, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Fungus or Rash on Front of Back Legs

So I'm sure I'm not the only one but my gelding has a fungus, I assume, on the front of his back legs. I've had another horse that had it but I could never get it to go away. It's not rash like in anyway but if you scrap it hair and skin come off. Surely someone must also know what I'm talking about. I don't have a picture but it's like dandruff or eczema, but both combined. I know leaving it alone doesn't let it go away and I do live in a rather damp environment so it's impossible to keep truly dry. Anyone know of a product that can help me rid him of this skin condition? Sorry again for not having a photo. I can post one tomorrow if needed. He also gets it in his underarms (I'm not riding so the girth can't bother it). Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-11-2015, 11:33 PM
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This is my unprofessional opinion about that. It's dirt funk. My horses will get it to if they aren't brushed often or well. Not all my horses but some. I've never seen it anywhere but the back legs.
My theory is that unlike the front legs the back legs are often at an angle so dirt tends to stay on them easier, work its way to skin & create the funk.
It goes away with a good scrubbing though the area will be missing hair for a bit.
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It could also be urine scald since you have a gelding. Male horses, even when they try not to, often end up with their own urine on the front of their back legs, especially if the wind is blowing.

If you can't afford an equine medicated shampoo, buy some Dawn dish soap and wash his legs with that. Rinse and dry thoroughly, then spend the money for a small bottle of Banixx and spray his legs LIGHTLY with the Banixx.

As mentioned, keep his legs cleaned on a daily basis and lightly spray the Banixx after cleaning.

You can find Banix at your local tack or feed store and Tractor Supply.

Regarding the armpits --- that is probably dry skin combined with fly bites. Clean that area good but use an antibiotic ointment on the arm pits, so they will heal and also stay moist
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post #4 of 14 Old 06-12-2015, 08:46 AM
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My older mare gets this if I don't work really really really hard at brushing out her legs while shedding. It's really similar to rain-rot. Can you pull out little clumps of hair with your fingers? I agree with natisha that it's just "dirt funk."

Curry the area really good. I like the jelly- like currys because you can get all the nooks and crannies of the lower leg with it. Then just wash the area really good. Get all the nasty hair off and then just keep it brushed with regular grooming. Should be fine.
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-12-2015, 08:51 AM
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If it were my horse, I'd also slather plenty of Vaseline on both areas as well and reapply every third day. Don't skimp on it.

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I know exactly what you mean. It's thte same thing as rainrot/scratches and such.

I curry well (but gently) to get it as clean as possible then I would either put betadine (then rinse) or any antifungal stuff (following directions.)

I would NOT put Vaseline, this needs to breathe.
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post #7 of 14 Old 06-26-2015, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your help everyone I ended up using a Chlorohexadine shampoo, just to try it because it worked for my dog's fungus, and it cleared right up! Keeping the area dry and clean helped a lot. Your suggestions were all wonderful and I think it might be this "dirt funk" you talk about. Thanks again!
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post #8 of 14 Old 06-26-2015, 08:13 PM
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I had to laugh- I use my dog's Malaseb shampoo (similar stuff/purpose as the cholorhex) to clear up the same thing on my gelding too, so good choice! He tends to get it once or twice a year.
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-26-2015, 10:32 PM
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my mare always has this from pee splashing her legs. i can clean it/hose it off daily and its a pain to get rid of. im going to take listerine to is soon to help get rid of it (worked for her Scratches on her "foot"). then go back with miniral oil as listerine dries out the skin.
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post #10 of 14 Old 06-27-2015, 11:01 PM
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"Dirt funk," also known and "Cannon Crud." Seriously! One time I googled "crud on front of cannon bone" and got a ton of hits for "cannon crud," lol! Legit thing, shockingly enough.

Glad you got it cleared up. I love my Eqyss shampoo, use it for everything.
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