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post #1 of 8 Old 12-13-2011, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, horses just love to throw new stuff at us don't they? My TB has developed what appears to be a mild case of scratches on his one white leg. Before I realized I was dealing with a fungus, I tried shampooing them with Microtek shampoo but it didn't do squat. While the affected leg is a little swollen, he is not at all lame and actually enjoyed the gentle massage of the area I was cleaning, so no soreness. I have read very conflictling info about whether this can even be treated topically. Go figure, self professed experts on the internet. I'm going to call my vet tomorrow, but was curious if anyone has first hand experience with this condition. Horse is out 24/7. We have had an extrememly wet fall, but now the ground is finally starting to freeze so that should help. Any advice appreciated.

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-13-2011, 09:14 PM
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Some vets sell a scratches ointment which is a 50/50 mixture of cortisone & triple antibiotic ointments. I've treated mild cases applying both of these myself. I found them cheap at a dollar store.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-14-2011, 12:52 AM
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When my horse got scratches the first time the vets gave me the ointment, but it didn't work. So I tried MTG and that's what I use all the time now. It stinks but I find it works the best.
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-14-2011, 01:19 AM
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Can you post a pic of it? You need to pick it all off, and scrub it clean. Once you get it all off, I reccomend clipping the hair very short where it was. Then smear furazone on it a couple times a day. The furazone works great and will clear it up soon. Do not let him in wet grass. Many horses have it and the owners never notice or bother to do anything about it.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-14-2011, 01:25 AM
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I used to ride a paint that got scratches on his hind every winter. We would scrub everything clean with betadine and then when the hair dried we would slather on Corona. It would usually go away in a week or so.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-14-2011, 01:48 AM
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One of the horses I work with has scratches on his left hind leg. We had to shave it and are cleaning it and applying ointment daily. Hasn't cleared up yet, though... His case is pretty bad. :(
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-14-2011, 02:08 AM
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Vet scratches cream is a lot more powerful than cortisone and triple antibiotic ointment.... get the "pink stuff" from your vet. It is completely bacteria static (including gram negative) and water based.
If the leg is swelling it is from a bacterial infection and slathering on oil based products like corona ointment will only trap the bacteria in... you need to kill them and leave the wound open to the air. Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed depending on the severity.When the leg is no longer swollen and hard, white scabs are forming, application of a zinc oxide cream ontop of your vets scratches cream will help to soften the scabs.

My horse gets lovely scratches. Swollen leg, pus, the whole bit and treating them is just wonderful. I work with my vet to stay ontop of them. As soon as I notice any skin irritation I use vetricyn on it to clear up any bacteria or fungus before it settles into the irritation and causes scratches... the first sign of heat and/or swelling and I call the vet.

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-14-2011, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Guess I didn't give the Microtek shampoo enough credit. I tried it again yesterday now that the ground is frozen and I don't have to worry about his legs staying muddy. Today most of the scabs are gone and very little swelling. Puffy ankle at most. Maybe it wasn't garden variety scratches. I thought they would be as stubborn as rain rot. Thanks for the suggestions just the same.

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