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    06-12-2011, 07:22 PM

Does anyone have a good remedy for scratches? My gelding seems to be having an issue on his rear pasterns thatnk to all of the wet weather, and mud-now it has dried up some and he has crusty flaky skin.
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    06-12-2011, 11:55 PM
Clip the hair around the sores. Slather them with Desitin (diaper rash cream), wrap them if possible for 24-48 hours. The scabs should easily peel off. If they're bad, you might need to rinse and repeat. You should be done with them. Get him on a good Vit A supplement to prevent any reoccurance.
    06-13-2011, 03:04 PM
Hetacin K !!!!!!!!!! It works wonders. You have to get it from your vet, so next time they are out, make sure you ask for it. I had a horse with a deep wound, my vet handed me a couple of tubes. Well, I had plenty left over and I have a horse that gets scratches every year, NO MATTER WHAT!!! I thought, what the heck, it is an anti biotic. I smeared some on there once a day, and they cleared up 100%. I always keep some on had now. Just never mind the "for use of lactating cows" on the label. It is THE BEST thing for scratches.
    06-13-2011, 03:47 PM
Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
Clip the hair around the sores. Slather them with Desitin (diaper rash cream), wrap them if possible for 24-48 hours. The scabs should easily peel off. If they're bad, you might need to rinse and repeat. You should be done with them. Get him on a good Vit A supplement to prevent any reoccurance.
Desitin is designed to create a barrier. The scratches need to dry to go away.

We have a boarder who has been using Desitin. Her horses STILL have scratches. (the turn outs are dry) Any horse treated with the cream from the vet, the issue was gone in 1-2 days.
    06-15-2011, 06:39 PM
Scratches cure

1/2 Dithemethzone and 1/2 thermazine mixed apply to infected, vet wrap and ducktape bottoms. The scratches will be gone in about 6 days. This is one of the only cures to scratches. You have to get these medicines from a vet but it 100% works. Never ever pick the scabs it irratates it and spreads. Hope this helps.
    06-15-2011, 06:56 PM
My guy gets scratches every spring, when the snow melt makes the footing mud and slop.

I will scrub the area with an iodine scrub, and get the scabs off. Then I'll mix a Tripple Antibiodic and Desitin together and smear it onto the scratches. I do this on a daily basis until they are gone or near gone. It doesn't take long.
    06-15-2011, 08:00 PM
The gelding I used to have would get horrible scratches on the socks on his back legs. The best thing that I found was medicated udder balm. Ideally, pull the scabs off, I would soften them with hot water or the udder balm and let it sit for a while and then pick as much off (they will bleed some, so don't be alarmed), after you get as much as you can off put more of the udder balm on. If your horse is on pasture board you may want to cover it. Just wrap it with cotton and vet wrap.
    06-15-2011, 11:25 PM
As long as you pull all the scabs off and wash it out, the bacteria that causes it will get out of him and they will go away. At our barn we usually add something just for good measure and to protect the horse from it happening again. I've always used iodine, which stains concrete so be careful, but I've never had a problem with it not doing the job.
    06-16-2011, 12:11 AM
Is it bacterial or fungal? I keep hearing and reading different things.
    06-16-2011, 12:17 AM
Green Broke
I always thought it was fungal.

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