What You Need:
- NRG Pro-tect cream
The NRG Team has first-hand experience in dealing with Greasy Heel each winter when the wet falls across the Yarra Valley. Our three part-bred horses all contracted Greasy Heel on and off when their paddocks soon turned to mud following a week or two of heavy rains. We received conflicting information from outside sources but, through trial and error, we found a way that worked for us on how to clear up this condition.
- Keep an eagle eye out for any outbreak on horse’s heels and legs. We found that scabs on the back of the heel can begin to form within a few days so it is important to keep an eye out.
- Wash the affected scabs and areas with a good antibacterial wash. It helps to first use warm salt water to get the mud off, but avoid rubbing the scabs. Apply the appropriate wash and leave for a few minutes to soak in. Next, dry the area with a towel. It is not a bad idea to clip the hair around the scabs and affected area, but this depends how bad the outbreak is.
- Do NOT rub or scrub scabs. In our experience if scabs are scrubbed off, the surrounding skin becomes very sensitive and bleeding may occur. This leads to even more problems as the horses start to object to you touching anywhere near the area.
- Once the area is dry apply Pro-tect Cream. Use rubber gloves for the whole procedure, not only to avoid spreading germs, but to avoid damage to jewellery as the sulphur in Pro-tect will discolour certain metals.
- Wash the affected area for a few days and apply the cream once a day. By the second or third day, you can stop washing and only apply a small amount of Pro-tect when necessary. Because the cream is water resistant (even though it seems to have disappeared) it will remain on the skin for quite a decent amount of time.
I've been using Pro-Tect for my horse Finn's Greasy Heel for years.
Chanel Hunter-Cooke - Show Rider and NRG Team Ambassador