New horse is susceptible to cellulitis. Last summer, the ShooFly boots she was wearing on her hinds must have caused microabrasions and she got it. Antibiotics, cold hosing, it was under control quickly. She can’t wear any kind of turnout boot on the hinds, but the fronts are fine. She got “mild” cellulitis a few other times because of a nick here and there, even when it was really dry out - I started smearing Desitin all over her pasterns every other day, and that seemed to keep everything under control for the summer.
I go to the barn every single day. I pick stalls and feet every single day. Her leg was not like this the day prior.
Last night I go to the barn - left hind is a balloon. I look her over, and find a piece of bedding that somehow abraded her leg right below her hock. I pulled it off and it weeped pus, not much but enough I’m confident that’s the cause (what are the odds of that, that she laid on a piece of bedding just right). She isn’t super lame on it, is willing to move around WTC. I hand walk her for awhile, then shave the area where I pulled the piece of bedding off and flush the bajeezus out of it. Texted vet for antibiotics. Bute and a round of icing completed. The swelling was markedly down already.
My question is - for horses that are prone to being sensitive like this, what is the best day-to-day management to help prevent it? Are there any supplements that actually work to boost immune/lymphatic function?
Thanks in advance for any tips, I appreciate it!