Here is a pic from this morning. You can see just under Juan's finger where the main sore is.
Then here on her heels are the new spots.
Yes, I know they're tiny.
A couple weeks ago
I'm just not seeing any healing. And I haven't been scrubbing it constantly so the irritation shouldn't be a result of me scrubbing off her naturally protective skin oils. If anything, as I've gotten older I've tended to take a less is more attitude, but that doesn't seem to be working in this instance.
She needs some copper and over the last two weeks searching the whole country high and low I haven't been able to find any semblance of a suitable supplement.
I even looked for Copper Sulfate, in the plumbing stores as a last ditch effort. She is on a mixed loose mineral, the other two are on free choice minerals but she seems to just inhale the stuff. As it's a complete supplement including Selenium, I worry about her taking in too much in the desire for more copper. :-\
No, I am NOT feeling happy today. I know I need to do something...I just don't know WHAT!
This morning, I scrubbed her foot again and with Juan's help and through Mandy's vigorous protests got the scab off and washed the entire foot with Johnson's Baby soap as I figure over drying her foot isn't good either. Rinsed it well and dried it with a towel.
Gave her 10 minutes in the stall to let it air dry and smeared Desitin from her heels to her fetlocks all round the pastern. Kept her in till just now and am putting her and Bree out in the small paddock. It's wet, but not mucky as it has a good slope for drainage and a sandy top. I'm hoping she doesn't pick up too much sand , but will be washing her foot again tonight when she comes in.
So, one of the remedies I have heard about to help cure this dreaded disease is to take a bread bag, put the bag over the foot, and pour a can (or two or three) until all of the scratches are covered in the Kraut. Then wrap the foot and pastern to keep it protected. Wrap the hoof with DT to keep it together and leave it for three days...
When you unwrap the foot the Scratches are gone.
Has anyone ever done this? One of by best and most referred to books "How To Be Your Own Veterinarian(Sometimes)" was where I first read about this strange cure.
I wonder what soaking a hoof for that long would do to the wall...
Jus because I happen to be having lunch as I type this...
Here's my lunch.
1/2 Pound of Shrimp with melted butter, Garlic Bread, and a side of Tzatziki to sop the bread in.
It helps me think...
If anyone has any thoughts on Scratches/Mud Fever and dealing with them, please feel free to share.
I just can't keep her in 24/7, that's no good for her either. She's not the type that does well cooped up.