Hock and Fetlock sores
If your horse is housed on hard ground, you might notice small sores developing on the sides of their hock joints and the front of their fetlock joints. They are caused by laying down and getting up on hard, rough ground. The easiest prevention is bedding added where they lay, but once the sore start, they can be hard to cure. Upside down bell boots can be used on the fetlocks. There are also specially made boots to cover up hock and fetlock sores.
A hard bump has developed on your horse’s elbow. Maybe it is also a little scabby. Your horse isn’t too bothered by it, but it is a bit ugly. It is likely from your horse laying down and repeatedly bumping or scraping their elbow with the back of their shoe or hoof. A donut boot or even bell boots can help protect the elbow.
You go to get your horse out of it’s paddock and see several places on it’s legs that the hair is missing and the skin is a little oozy. They likely got their legs under the panels while laying down or scrapped their legs with their shoes while standing up. If just the hair is missing and there is little to no bleeding, a simple cleaning and allowing it to dry will usually be just fine. If there are several layers of skin missing or continuous bleeding, you will want to call a vet to make sure their was no major damage.
Grimy Cannon Bones
The front of your horse’s rear cannon bones are covered in an oily, hard to remove, substance. Hosing with water doesn’t seem to clear it up. Usually, it is just a build of dirt, oil, and skin cells. You can soften it up with a little petroleum jelly and lightly scrub with a rubber curry comb. Once the layer of grime is removed, a little regular shampooing can help to keep it from coming back.
Belly sores can fall into the minor to major range of issues. They can range from a minor fly irritation to an access point for Pigeon Fever to brew. Small belly sores are easily treated with a little fly ointment, but if they are chronic or getting worse, you will want to get a vet involved. Other causes for belly sores include allergies and neck thread worms.
No-see-um gnats can get into the ears of your horse and cause little sores. A little fly ointment or roll on fly spray everyday will repel them. Clean out the scabs and crustiness to help the healing process.
Missing Tail Hair or Mane Hair
The most common cause for missing mane hair is rubbing their neck through metal panels and wearing off the hair. No necessarily dangerous, just annoying. The only solution to prevent your horse from sticking it’s head through the panel. Patience is needed when waiting for the mane to grow back.
If your horses is rubbing the top of it’s tail, it could be an indication of a worm infestation or a skin allergy. Only a vet can really know for sure, but sometimes it could be a result of needing a tail washing, or a gelding needing their sheath cleaned, or a mare needing her teats cleaned.
If your horse is loosing tail hair lower in it’s tail, it could be catching on a fence or a pasture friend could be chewing on it.