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post #11 of 34 Old 12-28-2011, 04:17 PM
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So, what then, causes scratches? Excuse the interupption (sp) of the main post.
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post #12 of 34 Old 12-28-2011, 04:19 PM
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moisture and fungus on the skin basically. Moisture gives the fungus a chance to grow and irritate the skin causing sores. Hence why it is such a big problems in feathered horses.
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post #13 of 34 Old 12-28-2011, 04:24 PM
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moisture and fungus on the skin basically. Moisture gives the fungus a chance to grow and irritate the skin causing sores. Hence why it is such a big problems in feathered horses.

To add, photosensitivity is also a cause. Which is a reason it only happens on white legs, or white muzzles. My horse had an extreme case on both white feet and it was absolutely terrible. He got a scratch from a stubbly grass and it got infected with scratches.
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post #14 of 34 Old 12-28-2011, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Ah, yes this sounds more like an ergot. Phew, I was worried if that was scratches how in the world I was going to get those things off .

We are supposed to have a warmer weekend so I plan on really going into his thick feathers and making sure there isn't anything I need to treat. His pasture was nothing but mud where I got him from so I am betting there are some issues in there and I will have more questions.

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post #15 of 34 Old 12-28-2011, 04:32 PM
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Huh ok, well that's great to know! I have never dealt with featherd horses, we always had percherons and didnt have any problems with them. I have just gotten a horse that has a bit of feathering, he's only a year and half and has about what a belgian would. Good to know about this! Any suggestions to help keep them dry?
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post #16 of 34 Old 12-28-2011, 05:52 PM
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They are not scratches. What you are describing are ergots. They are perfectly normal.
Oh my goodness, I was starting to get worried since my horse has the "hooks" near the fetlocks too and I thought they were normal.. but then everyone talked about it being the start to scratches (which we're dealing with already)

Phew!! Glad that was cleared up
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post #17 of 34 Old 12-29-2011, 07:24 AM
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I just twist or cut them off like you would a peeling frog. They do feel and look funny don't they! When I get ready for shows and I purple shampoo the horses they get dyed purple along with the chestnuts.

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post #18 of 34 Old 12-29-2011, 10:34 AM
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Welcome to the odd world of draft horses. I grew up with horses and never saw an REAL ergot till I got drafts. They are wicked looking things. Grow fast too. Their chestnuts aren't much better. Currying over them doesn't remove those suckers. Get out the Vaseline and a week later you might have softened them up.
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post #19 of 34 Old 12-29-2011, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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So should ergots be removed or are they okay to stay?
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post #20 of 34 Old 12-29-2011, 10:55 AM
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Don't cut them compleatly off they will bleed like a stuck pig. You can trim them or leave them alone your choice, I have never heard of them hurting anything. I have my farrier trim them or you can use a sissors and cut them to about 1/2 inch or more. They are made of the same tissue as that of a hoof, so if cut to close you do hit sensative tissue.
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