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post #21 of 32 Old 07-06-2019, 07:49 AM
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Scratches can be on any color. Shows up on white with pink skin as you can easily see it.
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post #22 of 32 Old 07-06-2019, 08:29 AM
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I have one mare that gets this and Iíve never come up with a definite cause, back legs only
The following seem to keep it under control
Brush the legs regularly, I use a rubber curry comb and a stiffish dandy brush to keep any build up from starting
Use a product thatís anti fungal on the legs
Use an anti fungal shampoo when washing the legs
Use something like diaper cream to soften any scabbed area
I wipe baby oil over her legs a few times a week

Add vitamins A and E to feed as soon as grass starts to need supplementing with hay
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post #23 of 32 Old 07-06-2019, 09:36 AM
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From my experience, I would start with simple and inexpensive. If you don't see improvement within a couple of weeks, move on to something else. This doesn't look like anything that immediately needs veterinary attention so just start with simple.

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post #24 of 32 Old 07-06-2019, 10:29 AM
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Seriously, give the listerine baby oil mixture a shot. It worked on one of my horses for rain rot, and another that had scratches. The crud never came back either. The worst that could happen is nothing and it's inexpensive. It's certainly not going to hurt the horse.
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post #25 of 32 Old 07-06-2019, 10:36 AM
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Scratches can be on any color. Shows up on white with pink skin as you can easily see it.
This! The first horse of mine I noticed it on was a buckskin with 4 black stockings.
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post #26 of 32 Old 07-06-2019, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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I've been medicating and cleaning his legs daily kept to one medication for 2 weeks. No improvement so changed it same thing did 2 weeks. As soon as I miss a day of treating it seems to spread.

I'm out there every day doing stuff with horse's. That's a plus having them in you're backyard.

I'll give the Listerine & baby oil mixture a go will pick some up at dollar store today. Pretty sure I can get both Listerine and baby oil for a dollar each so cheap to try.
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post #27 of 32 Old 07-06-2019, 01:46 PM
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Donít put that stuff on!! Wait until your package arrives Monday.

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post #28 of 32 Old 07-06-2019, 05:40 PM
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That's not scratches. Scratches don't present like that.

It's likely just a build up of "smegma" like "gunk" (just skin secretions). If you don't curry it, try that. That will make the biggest difference. I think the more you do the worse it will get though so wouldn't be doing any hardcore scrubbing. A good curry and treat. If the equiderma isn't working I would try MTG next. I would stay away from any ointments or anything that's going to cake the hair down (desitin). I'm trying to remember what I used that worked the best, it may have been MTG but if it was something else I'm blanking!!

The article linked was good.

*reread the original post and you said it's "scabby" it doesn't look scabby and shouldn't be scabby, I still suggest currying and you will likely find smooth healthy skin underneath, if it IS actual scabs it may be something else but I'm not seeing scabs.
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I have been using the slick EZ block to remove the yuck. Did the listerine/baby oil he really got kicky & stomping back feet. Cold hosed his legs off seemed to help. Some of the stuff that came of today had raw skin under it. He tends to be leery of anything that's different smelling the listerine smell was one of them.

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post #30 of 32 Old 07-07-2019, 05:45 PM
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My gelding gets that when flies are bad. It's from flies biting in the same spots and the horse itching it with his head/teeth. It goes away once the bugs go, but unfortunately they are so bad this year, he's got it all over all four legs in spite of fly boots--- the little gnats go right through them or the flies get down inside. The sides and front of his forelegs, and the fronts of his hind legs get it every year. If it would stop raining and dry out, it would go away faster.

I spray it with a chlorhexidine solution and then apply desitin to any raw spots. It's more a 'sooth and stop the irritation' until the fly season is over for this horse, who reacts more to bugs than any horse I've ever had.
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