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    06-22-2011, 11:31 PM
Exclamation How do I treat scratches???

I hadn't been out to the stable for a few days because I've been sick... and when I went today, my horse had about a 5 inch section on his right hind leg of scratches..... nasty nasty scabs and the area was warm and swollen. Everyone at the stable had their own thoughts on how to cure them- everything from betadine scrub, to bleach with water, to vetricyn spray..... I've never had to deal with them before..... how to do I cure it?? I know it's fungal, so obviously something antifungal would be good. But I need recommendations. Thank you!!!!
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    06-22-2011, 11:36 PM
Wash your horses legs every day and try to keep him/her out of the mud until it starts to heal. My horse had scratches before too. Don't worry, if you take care of it it will go away pretty quickly
    06-23-2011, 07:37 AM
Saline soaks are also helpful. Mix one cup of Epsom's salt to a gallon of warm water. Doing saline soak is best done 3 times a day for 15 minutes. Betadine scrubs help to loosen scabs.

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