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post #1 of 6 Old 09-10-2009, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Treatment for Scratches?

Hey guys,

All of my horses have scratches on their hind legs and hind fetlocks. Uma has the most severe case under her right hind fetlock (it's about the size of a quarter and a dime next to eachother). It's a pretty significant patch that looks pretty painful.

What kinds of products help treat and heal scratches? I need to get started on a treatment ASAP so that A) they don't suffer and B) the vet can see Uma. he said he didn't want to see her until the scratches were gone.

And just to clarify, these are not "my horse ran into a tree branch and got some scrapes" kind of scratches. it's the skin condition


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post #2 of 6 Old 09-10-2009, 05:58 PM
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do you have hibi-scrub in america ? that's brilliant stuff for skin conditions etc or camrosa ointment ?
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-10-2009, 07:09 PM
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I just replied to the rain rot thread and the same goes for scratches.. Desitin! Baby butt ointment.. Just slather it on, rub in a bit if the area is NOT tender and leave it alone. A day or so later you can slap some more on and see if any comes off easily but don't get too busy picking cuz it hurts. The Desitin works and it's so easy..

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I wash with Castile's soap - you can get it at most drug stores(it's very mild and non irritating) and then apply Howard's Heel Salve. Bag Balm or desitin works well too. Just be sure to dty the area well after you wash it. good luck!

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-10-2009, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the replies. I went out and got Desitin. I washed the area and shampooed it to get it really clean. I dried it and applied a layer of the Desitin. hopefully it will work. I will let you guys know!

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