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    07-14-2012, 01:43 PM
Scrapes on inside legs

The inside of my mare's hind legs are always scraped up. They are never really cut or bleeding or anything like that, but they have missing hair where is looks like she has scraped herself. I imagine she nicks herself with her hooves while she is lying down in the pasture, but I don't know if or what I should do about it. Should I try to prevent this or just let it be? It isn't painful, but it doesn't look too pretty either.
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    07-14-2012, 09:33 PM
It could be from that, my gelding has some of those nicks and cuts on the insides of his legs too.

I think his is more from environment than his own hooves.

Besides cleaning them and treating them I'm not sure what else can be done.
    07-14-2012, 11:30 PM
The scrapes could possibly be caused by her hind legs interfering with each other when you ride her. This usually stems from a conformational fault that causes her to hit her legs together. Try to have someone jog her for you and watch her legs. Have your helper trot her in a straight line away from you. You'll want watch from directly behind her.

If you determine that she is brushing the best remedy for this would be to put boots on her. Splint of brushing boots are cheap and will protect her legs from hitting each other.

Good luck!
    07-15-2012, 12:03 PM
I ride in splint boots on all four legs, so I am pretty positive it has nothing to do with her movement while I ride. It could be from her environment, but they are in kind of an a funny spot to be scraping on things. They don't seem to be too much of a sproblem, so I don't think I will worry about it too much.
    07-15-2012, 12:05 PM
How high up her legs are the cuts? It could be bugs bothering her and she's swatting at herself to get at them. My horse started doing this and a good set of fly wraps solved the problem.
    07-15-2012, 12:22 PM
Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
How high up her legs are the cuts? It could be bugs bothering her and she's swatting at herself to get at them. My horse started doing this and a good set of fly wraps solved the problem.
This is the most common reason during bug season that I've seen. On barefoot horses, when the ground is hard and dry, you can also see chipping on the toe due to them stomping so much and hard.
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    07-15-2012, 12:24 PM
The are on her lower leg, pretty much just the inside of the cannon bone. It could be because of flies, as she does have a pretty long tail. She does get fly sprayed, but it doesn't last forever, of course. Obviously a fly sheet could help, but would getting her a tail bag help with the cuts possibly?
    07-18-2012, 06:44 PM
If you think that this has anything to do with flies, please let her keep her tail! The tail is the horse's #1 defense against biting insects. I doubt that she's able to cut her legs with her tail, but if she's constantly swishing hypothetically it's possible? More than likely it's nothing and will go away after fly season is over. Have you made sure there's nothing in her pasture/stall that could be causing the scrapes? If so, I'd put some ointment/neosporin on them and not worry about it.

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