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  • Oozy bumbs around ankles?

    So my horse came home mid-month from a 9 month layup upstate. He was living out on 30 acres with about a dozen or so other horses. As I groomed him over, I noticed about 4 or 5 walnut size crusty bumps around his ankles and pasterns. Given that most of them were located on the inside, I thought maybe they were keloids from nicks and cuts that weren't treated right. Whats odd is that they are very sensitive to the touch. VERY. Until the vet can take a look at them, I've clipped the area and kept them clean with betadine and antibiotic. Last night they started to open up and fall off. Underneath is an oozy, pussy mess. No foul smell atleast. I've never seen anything like these. Almost like a parasitic infection? I am uber-careful about treating cuts right away- and therefore my horses have rarely had skin issues, and also means I've had little need for a vet to treat skin issues! These are just gross. I gently washed his legs with betadine and smeared the infected areas with antibiotic and wrapped them up to keep dirt etc out. I called the vet again to update him and he said he'd be here mid-week to check them out. No temperature so I'm not overly concerned. Doesn't seem "rashy" enough to be rainrot or scratches. Anyone seen anything like this?
    Last edited by ksetrider; Nov. 29, 2010, 01:12 PM.

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    Wash with warm water and Nolvasan Surgical Scrub...GENTLY. Let the foam sit for 5 minutes. Rinse very well and allow to dry completely, even using a blow drier to accomplish it.

    Apply a mixture of equal parts: Desitin (not the creamy kind), Triple Antiobiotic Ointment & Yeast Infection Cream liberally. Repeat as needed until cleared up.

    Keeping his fetlocks dry going forward is key. Gold Bond Medicated Powder comes in handy
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    • #3
      Have the vet take a look at them. My vet is coming to look at my husbands mare tomorrow. We suspect she has Chronic Progressive Lymphedema. I don't mess around with just treating scratches anymore.


      • #4
        Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post

        Wash with warm water and Nolvasan Surgical Scrub...GENTLY. Let the foam sit for 5 minutes. Rinse very well and allow to dry completely, even using a blow drier to accomplish it.

        Apply a mixture of equal parts: Desitin (not the creamy kind), Triple Antiobiotic Ointment & Yeast Infection Cream liberally. Repeat as needed until cleared up.

        Keeping his fetlocks dry going forward is key. Gold Bond Medicated Powder comes in handy
        This. The only change I would offer is if you are going to wash the area daily for 4 or 5 days (which you should)) I would leave off the desitin and spray the area with rubbing alcohol. It acts as an astrigent. Air and sunlight removes the environment which allows dew posioning/scratches/rain rot to survive and thrive.


        • Original Poster

          Vet came today and its scratches! wow I've never seen such a "lumpy" case of it before. It did have all the symptoms- warm to touch, sensitive (painful), crusty, and oozy. Just didn't know the "lumps" could get so big- thats what had me stumped. Nixed my original plan and going with the scratches remedy. Thanks everyone. He must've gotten it from being 24/7 in knee high grass. Lucky for me (maybe not my wallet), my paddocks are eaten down for winter and I have them well groomed and well designed for very little mud.


          • #6
            We've just started using Sulfa/Urea ointment for scratches/greasy heel/mud fever. Vet might want to start antibiotics and take scraping to see if it's fungal.


            • #7
              Do you have pictures?

              I would be leery of a vet who told you your horse has "scratches", what exactly did he say he thought was the diagnosis? The treatment would depend on an actual diagnosis.

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