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Horserunner 05-18-2013 09:16 PM

Need a remedy for Scratches
 
So I got my first horse this past January and so far I've delt with a puncture from loading her on the trailer the first day I got her, cracked heels, a bunch of cuts and bites from either her breaking thru our electric fences and from other horses, and now scratches. Luckily the scratches is only on one foot. I have researched it a lil bit and asked the barn owner about it and she said that 1 of her horses had it and she picked the scabs of and it gave her horse a pretty bad blood infection and on the internet I read that people do pick the scabs off. But I dont want to pick them because maybe it will cause a blood infection... But I would really like to know your opinions on a remedy. Please help Im a new horse owner!

RATHER BE RIDING 05-18-2013 09:48 PM

My horse use to get them really bad. I mean half way up the leg bad on both hind legs. I tried everything. Ointments, home remedies and numerous vet calls. All I can tell you is what worked for me.

You do need to get the thick scabs off because they are more callus then just a scab that forms on a cut and new skin/hair cannot grow under them. HOWEVER!!!! Do not just pick them off!!! First, wash the infected area. I use a medicated shampoo, but Dawn dish soap is suppose to be antibacterial too. Using a sponge, I gently scrub the area, then hose it off. Some of the scabs will come off with the sponge and I will also pick off the loose scabs. Anything that does not remove easily, I leave alone. Sometimes none come off, just stick with the program. I then dry the legs with a towel and let air dry. Once completely dry, I put triple antibacterial ointment on all of the infected area. I get a decent size tube for $1.00 at our local Dollar General. Repeat daily or every other day until gone.

I keep a close eye on my boy and the minute I see any scratches forming, I start to work on it immediately and it really nips it in the bud.

kadenandellasmom 05-18-2013 11:09 PM

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Originally Posted by RATHER BE RIDING (Post 2555050)
My horse use to get them really bad. I mean half way up the leg bad on both hind legs. I tried everything. Ointments, home remedies and numerous vet calls. All I can tell you is what worked for me.

You do need to get the thick scabs off because they are more callus then just a scab that forms on a cut and new skin/hair cannot grow under them. HOWEVER!!!! Do not just pick them off!!! First, wash the infected area. I use a medicated shampoo, but Dawn dish soap is suppose to be antibacterial too. Using a sponge, I gently scrub the area, then hose it off. Some of the scabs will come off with the sponge and I will also pick off the loose scabs. Anything that does not remove easily, I leave alone. Sometimes none come off, just stick with the program. I then dry the legs with a towel and let air dry. Once completely dry, I put triple antibacterial ointment on all of the infected area. I get a decent size tube for $1.00 at our local Dollar General. Repeat daily or every other day until gone.

I keep a close eye on my boy and the minute I see any scratches forming, I start to work on it immediately and it really nips it in the bud.

The only thing I do differently (per my vet on our OTTB with SEVERE scratches) is use athletes foot cream instead of the antibiotic ointment. She also said to use a very thin layer so as not to block out the sunlight (which helps kill the fungus) And also- make sure you shave the area around the scabs as much as possible.


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