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post #1 of 6 Old 11-14-2011, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Any cures for scratches??

The mud at our barn is horrible and as a result almost all of the horses have swollen legs and horrible scratches (or creeping crud as we call it) I have tried so many different remedies: letting the mud dry and brushing it off, hosing as soon as they come in, Ive also tried the Micro-tek spray and MTG, all seem to help a little but as soon as it starts to clear up, it comes back even worse. Other than keeping them in (which isnt really an option) theres no way to keep them out of the mud. Help!
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-14-2011, 09:51 AM
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It's best to keep them inside and the leg dry... We use Desitin. (The baby diaper rash cream)

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-14-2011, 11:18 AM
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EnteDerm but I believe you can only get it through your vet. Clean the infected area thoroughly, hopefully they will let you do this. Get some non stick padded gauze, apply a thin layer of EnteDerm on the gauze large enough to cover the infected area, apply the gauze to the infected area, and make sure it wraps all the way around the the leg. If you can't find padded non stick gauze, you'll have to wrap additional pad/cotton wrap around the area, then vet wrap it. Change it every 3 days until healed. It works very well.

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-14-2011, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Have you ever used the desitin and turned them out? The problem is that they are used to being out all day so if I leave them in, they will be miserable.
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-14-2011, 06:41 PM
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Turn them out...but their scratches needs to be dealt with. What ever you choose to use I recommend wrapping the infected area.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-15-2011, 09:55 AM
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Well Horse; it might be a little expensive but it works in about a week. When I first got my mare she had the worst case of scratches I've ever seen. Her ankles were swollen, and her hind legs was very sensitive. After a week of stall rest and spraying the Well Horse on every night it was pretty much gone, besides a little area. Make sure you brush off the mud (wet or dry) when you bring them in to help prevent it, and if you can wash the area with ivory soap once a week to help prevent scratches.

Also its always good to have on hand. The mare I talked about above also had a case of rain rot or dry skin (looked like rain rot but didn't want to use Mycro Tech because if it wasn't it would burn and cause more damage then good) so I sprayed her with the Well Horse and it cleared up in a few days.

This is what it say on the box:
Antibacterial Resin & Enhanced Healing
Open Wounds, Scratches, Rain Rot, Ring Worm, Skin Fungus, Dew Poisoning, Cracker Heels, Hot Spots
100% Rain Forest Natural & Organic Remedies
Can be used on ALL animals.

Here are some images of what the well horse did for open wounds, so imagine what it'll do for your scratches!

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