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post #21 of 26 Old 02-03-2018, 07:29 PM
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Honestly unless the horse has scratches or has a history of common and/or severe scratches just leave them alone.

Now if you must do preventative care (I don't know this horses history but it sounds like you're just worrying and trying to be proactive, which is great, but horses are surprisingly good at taking care of themselves despite all the times they are not lol! Leaving them alone is often best.) I would treat them as if they already had scratches. Clip wash and dry thoroughly and apply something. I don't know what "oil" is, very broad term! but would apply some sort of mild treatment that can also be used as preventative, definitely no heavy medication of course unless there's an actual problem. Even the clip wash and dry is probably fine without putting anything on.

Regardless of that the best type of prevention is just to check her regularly and be on top of any tiny spots before they get bad. I've never had a problem with any of my horses, the Arab has had a few small spots once or twice but easily addressed and that's it and I don't get to see him regularly. I'm in New England so plenty of mud!! The horses I've known who have had problems with it have had other issues (older/poor immune systems) and doing the wrong things often make it worse, which is part of why I say leave it. Also all that preventative stuff can also make something worse too, so...just leave it lol.
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post #22 of 26 Old 02-04-2018, 10:42 PM
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Yes, skin irritation lets opportunistic organisms in, as those that cause scratches are not primary invaders
Photo sensitization on white socks , and in my case, horses walking through patches of thistles,with early morning dew are all culprits.

We now have a bush hog so keep thistle patches mowed. I have not had a case of it for at least 6 years
I have never has cases from mud alone, but then most of my horses can get out of mud, onto grassy wet areas
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post #23 of 26 Old 02-04-2018, 11:56 PM
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No doubt other replies have it covered, but I just chimed in to say, the only stupid questions are the ones you should have asked but didn't!
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post #24 of 26 Old 02-05-2018, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys! @Yogiwick and anyone else that reads: my main issues right now are:


1. I can only get there in the afternoons after she's been caught in. The mud is still wet and I only stay a few hours so not enough time to dry and brush!

2. .... so I would like to wash it. But today it had snowed some and the yard has only freezing ice water that barely makes it out the pipe liquid. I was worried that it would be too cold? I can 100% towel dry her after and it probably wouldn't take long to dry as shes stabled/rugged/a warm horse with no real feather. I will be washing them down fully tomorrow afternoon and I'm equipped with oils!

Off-topic my first test came up today! Cheeky B-word tried a little, half-hearted cow kick as I moved to pick her hind leg up - her first "naughty" . Will monitor. I gave her a reactive jab while shouting her name. But when I went to glare at her she had the cutest, innocent "I had to see if it would work" look on her face. We spent the next 10minutes and some more later just picking up feet nicely, learning that it's not so bad and taking my time cleaning them out, giving them a very good inspection. The HUFF she gave me when she realised I wasn't going away haha. She's very sensitive to pressure and a quick learner. I think she's going to keep me on my toes or I'll be on the end of hers!
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^Given that information I would be inclined to just leave it. If you do clean it I wouldn't bother to do it daily.

And while the lowest portion of the leg isn't going to make her start shivering if the water is THAT cold also not worth it (for your hands either!).

Think of it this way, if you dry it and brush it off is the time of it drying any different then just leaving it wet? Now obviously if you DO clean it wet and it's too messy to brush then hosing it is the way to go.

If you do preventative things it doesn't necessarily need to be daily unless you're concerned something is starting. If she doesn't have much for feather's that's one less thing to worry about.
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post #26 of 26 Old 02-12-2018, 08:58 AM
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You can absolutely wash her legs, especially from the knee down, even in cold weather, especially if you can towel her off well afterwards. We wash in colder weather (not because we want to - my gelding has struggled with very loose stool this winter, and has needed his hocks washed frequently so we do it anytime it is near or above freezing), and I live in Eastern Canada. If you don't have access to warm water in the barn (it doesn't need to be hot, just warm), heat a little up in an electric kettle and add cold water. If they don't like you using an electric kettle in the barn, you can also bring hot water in a Thermos (but you'll likely need several).

Have lots of water on hand so you can rinse thoroughly. We keep some of those dish gloves that nearly go up to your elbows for this purpose :) and have buckets just for washing. Also, a few small rags/hand towels you can pop into a plastic bag for washing afterwards. A thorough drying will keep her from getting cold. A little walk afterwards helps too.
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