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        11-18-2010, 06:30 PM
    Sctratches Treatment?

    My horse has had scratches for years. I've tried this Eqyss stuff for a while which was orignally advised by my vet. When that didn't work very well she suggested scrubbing it with Excalibur, water and a scrub brush. This works well, but I live in Alaska and the winters are cold and I try to avoid getting her wet even if it is just her legs in the winter time. Is there any other dryer ways/products you know of that work well?
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        11-18-2010, 06:35 PM
    I don't think I understand what you are asking. Are you saying that she has an old scratch that won't heal? Or that she keeps itching and creating new ones?

    If you are asking for dry wound treatment, have you tried this?

    Horse Wound Care: Equine Wound-Kote by Farnam
        11-18-2010, 08:44 PM
    I'm suprised by the term "years", do you mean on and off for years, or literally has had them for years?

    My sisters gelding had them a couple of times, it's from being in high moisture areas or being turned out for long periods of time in muddy conditions.

    Is your horse turned out in muddy paddocks?

    Our vet gave us a medicated shampoo specifically for scratches, we had to wash his legs once a day and scrub at the scabs. If it's wet or muddy, you won't want him outside while he's still infested.

    MTG works too.
        11-19-2010, 08:12 PM
    You need to get all the scabs off and keep them off. One of our horses recently had scratches on one of his hind legs. It can happen when the area has constant moisture, or the horse could by chance have picked up the bacteria when they had a scratch and the bacteria grew. Can you keep her in a warm barn? That's where our horse stayed. I think it's inevitable that the horse is going to have to get wet to get the scabs off. Unless you have a way to get the scabs off without water. Do you have to get her whole body wet? We had this paste that the vet perscribed that was green and smelled horrible. We also gave him sulfa tabs and bute. Bute takes the swelling down and helps the body absorb the medicine easier and heals faster.

    May I ask where the scratches are?
        11-19-2010, 11:09 PM
    Oh I am an idiot, please ignore my previous advise, I had not heard of dermatitis being called scratches before.

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