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post #11 of 32 Old 07-05-2019, 07:20 PM
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Harley gets the exact same thing on the front of his hind cannon bones in the summer. I think it's a form of dermatitis similar to scratches. Desitin does help. I've also had good success washing with tea tree oil shampoo.

If you google "cannon crud", you'll see it's pretty common.

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post #12 of 32 Old 07-05-2019, 07:40 PM
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So many causes possibly several. The important take away is it's normal, it may or may not be preventable/treatable, but it's not a big deal either way.

Give his legs a good curry with a soft curry comb, that will clean it up well. A light layer of something like the Equiderma would work well too, but no "once or twice" do this regularly. It could be flies so keep an eye on that and flyspray if need be.
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post #13 of 32 Old 07-05-2019, 07:54 PM
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Learn something new every day @Acadianartist . The take away for me would be that it could be part of my mare's problem except not on the rear and the crud attracts flies. Adding that combination of supplements effects her skin health in a positive manner.
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Have been doing a daily desitin regimen here to deal with scratches on hind pasterns. There was a period of time when all three of mine had at least one leg being treated. After about three weeks of religiously applying desitin, we’re down to just two tiny scabby spots on two legs. I alternated spraying with weak betadine solution or vetericyn spray every other day, then applying desitin over the top. Seems that everyone has their own favorite scratches/dermatitis cure, but this is the one I went with and I decided to stick with it to see how it would work until things healed. I’m pretty pleased with the result, though other people have claimed their preferred treatment will clear it up faster. I guess you just sort of have to experiment.

Like you, we had a relentlessly cool, wet “spring” and summer has been much the same so far. I also added a liquid vitamin E supplement and ground flax meal to try to help with the poor coats and skin problems (I know your horse won’t want to eat anything “weird” ). Never dealt with anything like that in my time with horses, but this years weather has led to lots of similar problems in this area, according to both vet and farrier.
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post #15 of 32 Old 07-05-2019, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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I read the link about the cannon bone crud said you can use sheath cleaner which i have so used it to clean his legs with it then rinsed off. Still crud that won't come off.

pictures of cleaned off legs and a picture of the sheath cleaner and what's in it, & feed he's getting has been on for a few weeks. He gets flax mixed in with feed 1/2 cup split into two feedings and he eats it.
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Mine are on Strategy and that mare is the only one with issues. For whatever reason what it provides just isn't enough for her. I use ground flax in the winter. They normally come off when our temps go up and that was when the problems start. I didn't really notice a year round difference until she started pushing one of my hard keepers off her feed and eating the Purina mixed with ProAdd and Manna Pro SWA now they all get the ProAdd and those that need extra calories get the Manna Pro added.
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It could be scratches. I've always had good luck with a 50/50 mix of listerine and baby oil after washing it. That has gotten rid of scratches and rain rot for me.
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@QtrBel interesting about the strategy and the one horse with issues. Strategy is what my gelding will eat and hasn't lost interest in it. Wonder if creek he goes through in pasture is causing issues.?

Been hot humid buggy now for a few weeks. He's never had this before now. Other geldings legs are fine he eats same feed same everything.

@LoriF , thought scratches was only on white socked pink skinned horse's. Doesn't Listerine burn if skin a bit raw? He's a bit raw in places on his legs. I put desitin on his legs tonight before I let him back out.

Hopefully I can get it cleared up it's going on 3 months I've been treating this.

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@rambo99 I've put listerine on my own skin with mosquito bites to see and no it doesn't burn. Mixed with baby oil helps soften the scabs and the listerine kills fungus and bacteria. If it's scratches then this might do the trick, if it's sunburn then this is not the cure. But, it doesn't look like sunburn to me.

This would be the regular gold listerine mouthwash.

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I read the link about the cannon bone crud said you can use sheath cleaner which i have so used it to clean his legs with it then rinsed off. Still crud that won't come off.

pictures of cleaned off legs and a picture of the sheath cleaner and what's in it, & feed he's getting has been on for a few weeks. He gets flax mixed in with feed 1/2 cup split into two feedings and he eats it.
It's true that good nutrition is key to keeping them healthy, but honestly, I have Harley on all of the healthiest supplements I can after consulting with an equine nutritionist that included a hay analysis, and he still gets skin stuff (though I think a little less this year). He's just prone to these things. My other two have never had these types of issues and I do have another gelding with pink skin.

In my experience, this won't be cleared up with a single treatment. You have to stay on top of it for weeks, maybe months. A good brushing, medicinal wash (sheath cleaner might be fine, I have no idea), and cream on a regular basis will eventually help. If you can get ahead of it before it gets too bad, that's ideal. Just keep at it and you should see improvement eventually.
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