Rosebud's Grooming Tips

Hello friends! Rosebud here, I'll be sharing my favorite grooming tips and tricks with you to keep your best equine pal in tip-top shape!

Please note that results may vary per horse, we're all different! 

Fungus/Scratches/"Cannon Crud"

Fungus can occur virtually anywhere on the horse. Causes can include buildup of sweat, dirt or excessive exposure to moisture (fungus known as "rain rot"). Fungus can cause excessive hair loss if not treated and can cause the areas to become sore.

Daily grooming and currying of the afflicted areas will help reduce and buildup. It is important to keep the areas clean and dry, especially legs and faces. Be sure to towel off sensitive legs after hosing and after turnout in wet or dewy pastures. Grooming excess sweat and dirt from the legs and body whenever necessary will also help. 

Overly hairy legs can trap in moisture and create deep-rooted fungus; A routine trim with clippers over the ankle area can prove to be helpful on fungus-prone horses. A dusting of baby powder on towel-dried legs can also assist in wicking moisture away from the area.

Applying products such as our premium fungus buster as part of your routine will cut through the grime to help the sensitive skin heal in record time. 

Scratches/mud fever/pastern dermatitis (a type of fungus that may occur around a horses ankle area) can be caused by viral, bacterial or parasitic infections. Generally, these conditions are caused by excess moisture that gets trapped in the area. Naturally, more sensitive skinned horses can be susceptible to developing these issues. Scratches can develop to be very painful and may break open and bleed.

Keeping these sensitive areas clean and dry is KEY! Scratches can be very painful to some horses so its important to use caution when treating them. 

Clipping away excess hair can be beneficial to some horses. Daily grooming and currying of the afflicted areas will help reduce and buildup, although heavy scabs may occur depending on the severity. Be sure to towel off sensitive legs after hosing and after turnout in wet or dewy pastures. Grooming excess sweat and dirt from the legs whenever necessary will also help. Baby powder can also be used here after a thorough toweling. Zink oxide products such as Desitin (diaper rash cream) can help heal scratches infections. 

Applying our Ultra Heal Balm as part of your daily routine can help severe scratches exponentially. 

"Cannon Crud" is caused not by fungus or bacteria, but actually by the horse's own glands in the skin. Excess oil secretion (called sebum) can build up on the cannon bones and tendon area of the hind legs to create a waxy buildup which may lead to hair loss and, with excessive build up, open sores when eventually groomed off. Cannon crud is not necessarily a sign of poor care! While build up may occur with irregular grooming, some horses may have overactive glands and prove to be difficult to maintain. 

Daily grooming and currying of the afflicted areas will help reduce and buildup. These areas may benefit from frequent scrubbing/washing to remove the excess oils. For horses with naturally overactive glands, this should become part of your routine to keep the buildup under control. 

Applying our Ultra Heal Balm as part of your daily routine can help. 

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