Corrective Shoeing & General Information

Greasy Heel

 

IS a term that covers skin infection/bacteria like eczema between the coronet band and the fetlock joint in major cases can cover whole leg.

 

CAUSES
· Constant damp long grass in paddocks
· Non hygienic stables a lot of faeces and urine wet sawdust
· Removing the feathers off the fetlock joint ie. show horses so the water can run down the back of the leg
· Injury wire cuts, overreaching etc

 

Greasy Heel

 

This is a picture of greasy heel. At this stage, it is very painful for your horse and should have been treated long before. At this stage the skin is pulling and ripping slightly with every step, as seen above.


SYMPTOMS
In the early stages, there can be just a redness in the area and skin can get a white gritty paste on it, which is the skin reacting. Then as it onsets, the skin rapidly peels and your horse might not be striding out correctly at this stage.
The pastern cavity stays moist and the hair can stand up from that small blister. You more than likely won’t see them, but once they pop, it turns into scabs like the picture above and once it gets to this stage, it is neglect on the owners part and should have been noticed earlier and attended to.

 

TREATMENT
A horse that has developed greasy heel should be placed in a clean dry environment like a stable. The infection needs to be scrubbed with a disinfectant like iodine to try and remove the scabs. Your horse will be in discomfort while you do this, but it needs to be done.
Once it has been cleaned and left to dry for a few days, one of the best ointments to fix greasy heel is products with zinc in them. This will allow the skin to remain pliable and flexible. Apply the zinc cream on daily and if you’re still not sure, please contact your vet for advice.

 

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GREASY HEEL IS VERY SERIOUS AND PAINFUL FOR THE HORSE IF LEFT UNTREATED AND IS NEGLECTFUL BY THE HORSES OWNER IN THE EXTREME CASES.