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    06-25-2010, 10:18 AM
  #11
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Glad she is doing better.

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    06-25-2010, 11:58 AM
  #12
Started
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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    06-25-2010, 12:07 PM
  #13
Yearling
Great to here she is getting better and no need to call the vet out
     
    06-25-2010, 12:11 PM
  #14
Foal
Hopefully some of these pictures will show up. If anyone can let me know the best way to post a picture in a reply, I will do that. Thank you.



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    06-25-2010, 12:17 PM
  #15
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I think they really were scabs. The pink skin looks like freshly healed skin. Glad she is doing better.
     
    06-25-2010, 12:32 PM
  #16
Started
That looks a ton better! Keep up the good work! :]
     
    06-25-2010, 12:43 PM
  #17
Yearling
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.
     
    06-25-2010, 12:46 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by draftrider    
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.
     
    06-25-2010, 01:13 PM
  #19
Yearling
I know. I had just never seen scratches in goats! It was very severe- from his hoof to his elbow on both front legs.
     
    06-25-2010, 01:14 PM
  #20
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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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