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post #11 of 23 Old 06-25-2010, 09:18 AM
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Glad she is doing better.

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post #12 of 23 Old 06-25-2010, 10:58 AM
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I think it's a severe case of scratches. Here's a picture of a bad case. There are several home remedies you can use to treat it, but in this case I would call the vet. I hope your horse gets better! :[
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post #13 of 23 Old 06-25-2010, 11:07 AM
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great to here she is getting better and no need to call the vet out

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I think they really were scabs. The pink skin looks like freshly healed skin. Glad she is doing better.
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That looks a ton better! Keep up the good work! :]

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One of my goats had this happen to him this spring- his skin swelled up on his lower legs so much it actually split open over his cannon bone. Very nasty! Vet said put him down, but I wanted to try- I soaked his legs in warm epsom salt water daily, then slathered on udder balm. Gave him penG once a day every 3rd day, for 4 shots total. Within a week I saw major improvement, and now 3 months later it is completely healed and no scarring.

Vet said it was due to excessive moisture causing a bacterial infection. This was the wettest spring ever, for a month it was just soupy mud everywhere. I have no doubt it was from the mud and muck.

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One of my goats had this happen to him this spring- his skin swelled up on his lower legs so much it actually split open over his cannon bone. Very nasty! Vet said put him down, but I wanted to try- I soaked his legs in warm epsom salt water daily, then slathered on udder balm. Gave him penG once a day every 3rd day, for 4 shots total. Within a week I saw major improvement, and now 3 months later it is completely healed and no scarring.

Vet said it was due to excessive moisture causing a bacterial infection. This was the wettest spring ever, for a month it was just soupy mud everywhere. I have no doubt it was from the mud and muck.

This is exactly what scratches is. Another name for it is mud fever.

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post #19 of 23 Old 06-25-2010, 12:13 PM
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I know. I had just never seen scratches in goats! It was very severe- from his hoof to his elbow on both front legs.

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I've never seen it in goats either! Glad you got it under control and healed though. Learn something new everyday! :]

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