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    07-05-2010, 08:39 PM

I just got my 2yr old gelding last week. Just now I've noticed something that 'litterally' looks like scratches on his right front pastern. He isn't acting lame or anything like that, but they are scabby and are bleeding ever so slightly, and the area is not smelly and he has no other issues. The pasture he's in right now is long wet grass. My plan of action is to bring him in to where the grass is much shorter and spray an antibiotic spray on the area. Does this sound right to anyone?
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    07-05-2010, 10:41 PM
Yup, if they're superficial I would leave them uncovered and spray antibiotic ointment on it a couple times a day.
    07-05-2010, 10:51 PM
^^ Agree. If nothing look too bad, not swollen, and no lameness just put the ointment on and let him be.
    07-05-2010, 11:12 PM
Green Broke
The only thing that I have found that works on scratches (and getting rid of them completely, not just temporarily) is Frontline spray. Yep, like the kind you put on cats and dogs for fleas. My vet gave a bottle to me. You put it on once a week for three weeks and the scratches are GONE!

It's amazing!
    07-05-2010, 11:19 PM
Drew, I think she means actual scratches, like little cuts. Not mud fever "scratches" :)
    07-05-2010, 11:28 PM
Green Broke
IDK. The way she is describing them (scabby, slightly bleeding) sounds to me like mud fever. And the fact that it was caused by wet grass.
    07-06-2010, 12:31 AM
My Beau - I think they're mud fever scratches, I'm not sure how he would've gotten scratches there.
Eventerdrew - thanks for the suggestion.

To be honest I have never seen mud fever scratches in person before, but with him grazing in long wet grass and having the appearance of skin abrasions there I it seems to be this. Now if I get this cleared up, will this come up again when I put him out to pasture? All I have is this long grass, and I don't really want to put him on hay.


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