My 10 yo Paint gelding Ace has been battling scratches on/off since I brought him home. Each episode cleared up after trying different products...desitin, wound wonder, mtg, medicated shampoo etc. I have settled with scratches formula made by a vet which has proved quite effective. On 12/5 I went out to ride and he was swollen all along the cannon/splint bone/and pastern. I will post the pic and you will see the bare pink spot where the scab came off. He did have the scraches all along the cannon/splint bones. My barn manager was gone due to a bad car accident her son was in and everyone said no need to call a vet, that it was from the scratches. This has happened to a few this year as we have had a very wet, muddy year. I didn't work him and called the vet that Mon. They said to put him on antibiotics and work him as that will help the scratches. They also told me to clip the area for topical treatment. I clipped the area, treated with scratches formula and exercised him a couple times/week. The swelling went down along the splint/cannon bone. Here we are a month later, and a 2nd round of antibiotic. He still has the scratches though vastly improved. Very few scabs. But there's still some swelling near the top of the pastern and I can't feel the groove as well between the splint/cannon bone at the pastern. When I pick up his left front, his nose is 2" off the ground and he tries to take his foot back but other than that neither I, the trainer, or the farrier see any lameness. So--my question...do you think this is still scratches? My vet want to do a recheck if swelling is still present after this 2nd round of antibiodics which will be gone either today or tomorrow. But I wanted to hear your thoughts/experience. I'm very worried it could be more. (I have had a rough streak with horses.) Thanks so much in advance for your input!