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charlie9
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:15 am    Post subject: hair loss on lower legs Reply with quote

My horse has patches of hair missing on his lower front legs. They are not scabby, or sores, just very pink(he has white feet), and no hair! they dont seem to hurt him, because I sprayed apple cider vinegar on them, and he didn't flinch. I googled mud fever, but it says it would be sores and bumps,with hair loss, he does not have sores.
Anyone have any ideas????
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlie9, How recently did these patches appear? Or have they always been there. If always then probably old scar tissue from old injuries or disease. If recent then obviously some disease.

Both ring worm & mud fever can be just a patch of hair missing from skin & sized small or as large as a small hand if allowed to remain for a long time. It doesnít always manifest as scabby sores or scaley skin & often isnít painful to the horse. However they can be scabby or open weeping sores. † Just depends! Lol
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:12 pm    Post subject: Mud fever Reply with quote

They just came up. I am glad to know that they dont always have scabs. I could not think of anything else it could be.
Thanks
I have read that listerine can clear it up. Any ideas?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet it is a fungus or bacteria, try a dilute iodine or chlorhex spray.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah it is a fungus.I also remember long time ago my mare also had this same problem.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best alround product I have used is M-T-G

http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detai...984b6-f5ac-4323-a639-1d059477370f

As long as you don't mind your horse smelling like Hickory Stix chips. LOL
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MTG wil fry your horse if applied during the day.  Has to be applied at night.  
Sounds a bit like a fungus to me too, but you'll not know until your vet checks your horse out.  I love this forum, have gotten sound advise here.  But here, you are getting opinions.  Everybody's got one, ok?  Call your vet.  It could be as simple as some athletes foot creme.  Fungus is hitting some of the horses here, too.  Or, it could be something else that needs your vets attention.  Since this has just started, no telling how bad it will get.  Sunburn is a factor for this guy too, so don't wait and hope it clears up.  Call you vet.  K?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bit wrote:
MTG wil fry your horse if applied during the day.


Yes, especially if you apply it on large bald spot on their back or something like that and they are standing in direct sunlight all day, but for anything on the legs, feather area, heals, it's a wonderful product! Not only treats, but protects and stays put, since it is an oil based product. It came highly recommended to me by my Vet and I am more then happy with the results. Great product. I believe it's the sulfur that the vet said was so good. He is really good to suggest affordable options without having to prescribe something that will cost more but do the same thing.

EDIT TO ADD: It's also great for itchy tails and manes. Great de-tangler too. One of those things that is always in my tack room.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My gray mare gets a condition on her back every summer like this and two years ago got it on her legs.  I've had samples plated and grown slants and never anything shows.  I also tried every commercial product I could on it and nothing worked.   I had good luck with Betadine solution, but even better luck with Listerine (or generic brand antiseptic mouthwash) and it didn't discolor her hair (she's white now).
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