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post #1 of 3 Old 10-14-2011, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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Question Scabs down the back of forelegs?

My horse has always had dry skin behind his knee, resulting in scabs coming off and me sitting for hours trying to get it out of his feathers.
Just recently (the past month or two) the scabs have spread down the back of his forelegs, in his feathers. They started as lumps about an inch long and roughly a centimetre high, in lines all the way down. They then turned scabby, but the horse remainded sound. Now the scabs are falling off and so is a proportion of his feathers, which is never a good sign. He is 11 and ridden quite long pretty much every day as he is a show horse/eventer.
Any ideas on what it could be?
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-14-2011, 11:56 AM
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What breed of horse? Got any pictures?
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Possibly Scratches, also called Rain Rot. Scratches is the term used when it affects the legs. Clip the legs close and remove the scabs. There are various remedies that help clear this up. It likes to live in anaerobic conditions that is why the hair and scabs have to be removed. A horse has a lot of circulation in their lower legs so don't worry about clipping them.
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back of forelegs , cobs , hairy , scabs , traditional

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