Most common in Mid Winter. Not caused by mud. Easy to spot usually on lower legs and belly.
- Lesions and scabs with possible discharge,
- Hair loss,
- Swelling and discomfort.
Treatment is mainly keeping the skin dry and clean. The horse may have to be stabled away from the mud and wet outside.
The treatment may include dealing with the specific organisms under the scabs. These therefore have to be lifted and removed at the beginning. Area should be washed using a mild disinfectant such as chiorhexidine, iodine wash, surgical scrub. or use a medicated shampoo. Rinse well and dry thoroughly.
There are several creams and lotion that may help such as Zinc, Caster Oil, Lead Acetate and several others. These can all play a part.
This is an infection of the skin and hair and is caused by a fungus. It can be passed between animals and humans.
Symptoms appear as scaly areas and small crusted spots. It also appears as circular scaly areas of skin. It can appear with or without hair loss.
- Treatment can be by anti-fungal shampoos and washes.
- All equipment should also be thoroughly disinfected.
This is an allergic response which causes unsightly lumps over large area of skin. Although unsightly it does not cause the horse discomfort.
It is generally caused by an allergy to something in the feed or environment.
- Change of Hay,
- Pollen and mould.