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britney

muck fever

my horse is losing hair on her feet because of the muck in the field i didn't notice this until i was brushing her and some hair came off it has spread a bit more on her leg now any tips

5/4/13

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Martina Stuart

if it is just hair loss and the skin beneath is healthy then brush it gently trying m not to damage the skin. DO NOT WASH unless absolutely necessary as you will remove the natural oils. if you must wash for some bizarre cosmetic reason then rinse it thoroughly dry it with towels pare towels hair dryer and be prepared for weeks of continued intensive care, keeping her in the dry and regular ,several times a day, controlled exercise.

5/4/13

britney

can i still ride her?

5/4/13

Martina Stuart

yes as long as she is sound she is better being exercised. I am assuming yoiu mean mud fever and she is not paddling around in manure.
If she is lame she will probably need antibiotics which does mean you will need to contact a vet

6/4/13

britney

no shes not in manure i clean her out every day and give her fresh sawdust. shes not showing any signs of being lame and i took her out for a gentle walk today, and im getting a spray for mud fever thanks for all your help

6/4/13

britney

how do i know if her skin is healthy

6/4/13

Martina Stuart

it doesn't look sore and when left to its own devices it is not painful hot scabby red thickened ridged wet or seeping.

7/4/13

britney

its red and warm

7/4/13

Martina Stuart

then keep it dry if you can and continue exercising her as long as there is no lameness

8/4/13

britney

i used Vaseline on it and ive seen the improvement already she isnt itching it and its not red or sore looking now.

8/4/13

Martina Stuart

not that keen on anything that may seal in moisture myself. May be ok in moderation but never on wet or damp or weeping skin. Can be used to prevent scalding for ares around a weeping sore but care is always needed.

8/4/13

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