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  • How to apply banixx to horse scratches
  • Equine scratches + wrap

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    11-17-2012, 10:27 PM
  #11
Weanling
I was thinking of trying a spray on antifungal. I have no clue if it will work better.

Mouthwash, huh? Maybe it dries it out since it is so much alcohol?

I pick off the stupid scabs and it just stinking comes back! She's retired so she isn't ridden anymore, but it looks painful and it's obviously sensitive when I pick at it. I feel so bad for her but I just don't know how to help her. If I call the vet out, it will certainly cost a couple of hundred dollars and I don't even know if they can do anything. Maybe when it gets that raw they need to be on oral antibiotics? I just don't know...
     
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    11-18-2012, 08:11 AM
  #12
Yearling
Is the pasture dry? Wrap it. Change it every three days.
     
    11-18-2012, 10:14 AM
  #13
Green Broke
Everyone will give you a different treatment because not everything works on each and every horse.

Generally speaking, however:

1. Shave all that hair off, down to a crew cut style including the dangling fetlock hair.

2. Picking scabs is a gray area: DON'T pick them if they aren't ready to come off - if your horse flinches OR you can see it's going to bleed, the scab is not ready to come off.

DO pick the scab off if the skin is healed over and there's no (or at least very little) sign it wants to bleed.

3. Contrary to popular belief don't use MTG. It's a sulphur-based product and that sulphur burns the open sores. Plus I've read on more than one forum of horses having such a bad allergic reaction to MTG, the Owner had to call the vet.

Treating Scratches and Rainrot:

Scratches and/or rainrot that just won't clear up are signs of immune defiency and possibly a nutrition problem. That doesn't mean the horse isn't getting the best of care it just means the horse is lacking something to fight off these skin allergy issues, in its immune system.

I have four horses - they all eat the same and get brushed daily. Two of them deal with chronic scratches and rainrot, the third is totally unaffected, the fourth used to be unaffected until he developed metabolic issues which compromised his what??? ----> his immune system. Now he has a few rare outbreaks but I keep everybody's fetlock joint hair clipped crewcut style and that has reduced my problems by 80%.

You can Google "equine scratches and the immune system" or "rainrot and the immune system" and get a ton of hits. All of them want to sell you the be-all-end-al magic healing potion but, they all agree chronic issues are caused by a poor immune system and sometimes nutrition.

I have learned to tell when Scratches and rainrot are ready to rear their ugly heads before they actually explode into an itching/burning mess that drives the horse crazy (think athlete's foot

I either wash their legs with an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal product or Dawn Dish soap. Dry them off, then spray some Banixx on them or rub Absorbine Hooflex Thrush Remedy on the affected areas.

I also keep a host of cream and ointments on hand to mix together in case the sores do erupt.

It's important to keep after this garbage twice a day because Scratches can spread up the legs and can develop into cellulitis.

Brushes should not used between horses and should be washed in soap and water after EVERY use as both these "things" can be spread to other horses.

Hope this helps
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    11-18-2012, 10:16 AM
  #14
Green Broke
Never ever wrap scratches. It needs air. Wash with iodine or the such daily. If its really bad two to three times a day. Dry very well. I love microtek shampoo. I battle this every spring and fall and sometimes summer. I prefer to keep all sticky goos off so it gets as much air as possible. It must stay dry.
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    11-18-2012, 10:29 AM
  #15
Weanling
I agree with poppy. My mare had this and I hosed her legs down daily and sprayed with iodine spray morning and night. I kept her in a dry stall. It cleared up in about a week and we've not had a problem since.
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    11-18-2012, 02:47 PM
  #16
Weanling
So if I don't get out to the barn everyday what is the best treatment?
     
    11-18-2012, 05:09 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Clip all the hair short and cut the fetlock hair. That keeps moisture from building and that area will dry out faster.

Apply whatever topicals you decide on when you can get there.
     
    11-18-2012, 06:13 PM
  #18
Yearling
You can wrap it (make sure the non stick pad you use goes all the way around the pastern and slightly overlaps) if using a topical product. I use Entederm which is from my vet and was advised to wrap her pastern. Change every three days and within a about ten days it was clear. So yes, you can wrap it in order to keep the dirt and dampness out.
     
    11-18-2012, 06:20 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I used the shampoo made for scratches and rain rot. I applied the shampoo lathered it up rinsed dried the foot. Did that a few times, did not really get rid of it, soo.. I just would squirt the shampoo on, and let it dry. Did that about 4 times ?? And teh scratches were gone. Tincture of green soap will dry and heal infected skin , listerined, nolvusan anitbacterial .
     
    11-18-2012, 06:22 PM
  #20
Green Broke
Do not use listerine on scratches that will burn like no other. I would never wrap it. It really needs air to heal, dry air. Microtek makes a spray too, both work for me. But then again I know to start washing with the medicated shampoo before most people would know she has scratches.
     

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