On Saturday I decided to give Picasso a bath. Figured he could use one…. Big mistake. After returning him to his pasture, he promptly rolled good and hard. Ground that dirt in there. Clean side
The dirty side
Now for the fun! So on Monday, he went into the hydrohorse. I was not there. Tuesday I went to see him, and he had done more decorating…
Today I went out because it was another hydorhorse day. I go over and say hi to Picasso. After a few minutes of scratching his nose, I look down and see his left front fetlock is bleeding! What the hell!!! I take him up to the wash rack and hose it off. One of the Circle Oak staff comes over, and we clip it to see what is going on. Neither of us can figure it out. It’s oozy, bloody, and raised. Doesn’t immediately seem to be anything recognizable.
I proceed to clean him all off. During his de-mudding, I use my shedding blade to get the caked mud off. On a pass down his right front leg a whole chunk of hair comes off!!! What the hell is going on here!
We decide to shave this section too and discover it is quite large!
After getting both areas cleaned up and after some texting with my vet…. we all conclude this is mud fever!!! He did not have it Saturday, and the Circle Oak staff swear he didn’t have it Monday…. hmmm……..
So poor Picasso is locked in his stall for a few days until the mud in his pasture dries up some. And he is getting his sores cleaned and treated with an antiseptic every day. Great just what I needed 4 days before I graduate!!!!!
After more discussion, we came to the conclusion that hydrohorse + bath + wet weather + mud rolling all contributed in a perfect storm to give him mud fever. So he is restricted from the hydrohorse for at least a week depending on how fast these things heal…
Oh and I shaved off all his feathers just for good measure…