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    09-20-2010, 09:01 PM
Scratches! ugh

Hi everyone!

Question/rant...My horse Deva has been battling scratches on her right hind fetlock. I have tried a few different things already - iodine spray, soap and water, scraping it, and antibacterial spray.

She has two nasty looking spots of it that are sometimes bloody and sore and other times hard and icky. Today I put on Desitin cream (for the zinc oxide) and also some antibacterial spray with a couple dabs of Neosporin and anti-fungal cream - put that stuff on some gauze and wrapped it. Hoping that will help loosen it up and maybe start clearing it up...?

Any advice for this?? Please help!

Thanks so much in advance!!

Robin and Deva :)
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    09-20-2010, 09:02 PM
Oh and I did take her off the part of the pasture that was super muddy to help keep that area clean and clear! Not sure what else to do...
    09-20-2010, 09:58 PM
Green Broke
Well anytime my horses have got scratches i've used SWAT. I've heard some people say they don't like it but it's worked well for me. I like it because it spreads & stays on nicely & keep the area moist. It's also inexpensive.
Last fall my mare & my friend's gelding both got it at the same time (they both happen to have one white foot lol)
My mare's was on the back at the joint & pretty bad wheras my friend's was on the front & only a small patch.
I used SWAT & she used a spray that was developed specifically for scratches & the horses healed up at around the same time. ;)
    09-20-2010, 10:21 PM
The absolute most important thing for treating scratches is to let it dry out. So go unwrap it! You want to wash and completely dry the area at least once a day and if possible keep her somewhere that she isn't going to get it moist and wet again. If you can put her on a dry pasture or in a stall then you can apply some sort of cream after letting it dry out overnight. Wash her legs at night, dry them and put cream on in the morning.

At the clinic I used to work at they made a "scratches mix" to put on horses that everyone in the valley claimed worked miracles. I will share the recipe with you, but you must promise not to tell anyone (just kidding, I realize this is the internet!)

One jar of furazone, one tube of miconazole (yeast infection cream that you get at the drug store) and a drop or two of tattoo ink for sun protection. I think if you're using the zinc oxide you can skip the ink and just mix it in with the furazone and miconazole. But #1 priority is letting it dry out thoroughly.
    09-20-2010, 10:23 PM
I use Desitin as well and I find that it works. Once I find the sores I put Desitin on, I don't wrap it though I figure the air will help, plus he's in a pasture and I doubt he would keep it on anyway. I reapply Desitin for a few days in a row then everyother day or so until it's healed. Sometimes less is more and I don't want to aggrevate the area too much by washing and reaplying. I do agree with taking her off the muddy pasture and I don't think that there's a whole lot more you can do.
    09-21-2010, 01:17 PM
Thank you all for your replies! I will have to try that miracle recipe!! I wasn't sure if wrapping was the way to go, it was kind of a last resort in order to just keep the creams on long enough for them to work...haven't ever tried SWAT on scratches before. I will go home after work here and unwrap that bugger - hopefully there is some improvement! Thanks again :)
    09-21-2010, 01:36 PM
I use plain old hydrogen peroxide. Dries it right up, and aids in speeding up healing.

I use it for all kinds of stuff. Inexpensive, and works great.
    09-21-2010, 09:48 PM
Thanks Speed Racer, I definitely have hydrogen peroxide around here somewhere if I need to use it!

Update: Unwrapped Deva's leg when I got home from work today...SO MUCH BETTER! :) When I wrapped it yesterday the 'scratches' sores were terrible scabby rubbery black things :( but after the wrap and creams the scabs are GONE and the skin is a nice pinky looking - not bloody and raw. Looks like it might be healing!? I hope anyways...will see how she is doing tmrw! And ugh, heard the forecast - rain for the next 3 days - hope she can stay out of the mud...
    09-21-2010, 10:11 PM
Shave the area if you can and lots of desitin. You should see improvement very quickly.
    09-21-2010, 10:25 PM
Actually, she doesn't seem to have much hair left on the areas! The infection and sores must have made the hair fall out around there...poor girl! Things are looking better today though - put more Desitin on there too!

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