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I feel a little silly asking one of these "can I ride my horse when she's not 100%" questions, but, I don't really now how long you wait for scratches to resolve before riding again. I've never had a horse with scratches before, but last Sunday found that my mare had some raw spots on both hinds, primarily around the hairline. I was in the process of tacking her up when I discovered this, so then didn't ride her as I wasn't going to put boots on over those sores.

Since then, I've been spraying daily with diluted betadine and slathering with desitin. She's been really sensitive with this process and they must sting. We've had endless rain, including this past week, but the desitin has stayed in place pretty well. This morning when I cleaned her legs and reapplied, the raw spots were all gone and there were a few small, dry scabs on the spots that had been the largest. She also stood more quietly than she has been, which was positive. So I think we're going in the right direction.

Today is finally bright and sunny, and the rest of the weekend will be too. This is the first weekend since last September that it will be 70*F and sunny, so selfishly I would of course love to be able to ride. But it's not worth it to set back the healing. I generally ride with boots because our roads are gravel, but I don't think I'd be ready to put boots on while it's healing. I could just do an easy hack around the fields without boots. Or, I could just not push it and let her keep healing, which is totally fine. Advice for me?
 

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If the sore places are anywhere that the skin is going to stretch when the horse moves then I wouldn't.
I know the horse will move on its own in the field but they do then have the choice of how much and how often they move
 

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Can you ride without booting her as for me that would be one of a few determining factors?
Is where her fresh injuries are a location that she will be rubbing against debris and opening up a injury site?
Can you just go for a quiet ride...short in duration and one where she won't be forcibly moving healing skin tissue with fast moving legs and muscles?
If you can ride without disturbing those lesions open...
Is she turned out now and not opening to ooze from the lesions or is she stalled or contained so restricted movement...
What you are doing now that she is able to heal is where I think you need to still be diligently providing so you not start back to square one...
So much would depend on terrain you plan to ride in/on a simple easy answer is not so simple/easy to give.
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I am not an expert on scratches because ours is such a dry climate. However, a horse was brought in last November with a persistent case. Not large in extension, nor very bloody, but it took them forever to resolve. In fact, he was not even showered until the hot weather of May came along. He was sometimes not happy with the treatment, but he never had swelling or heat in the leg, nor did the scratches spread. My trainer continued to ride him throughout the whole recuperation process.

Now, as far as boots go, I cannot help you because we don't use them here.
 

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If you use the “miracle balm”, it clears up the very next day....my riding partner had a 4-high-White mare who was SO sore that she called the vet to sedate so she could do ANYTHING. I took the miracle balm down to her, and the only thing left 2 days later were the tufts of hair that had surrounded it. If I can get the pictures from her, I will post them.

It does the same thing for sunburnt noses.

Pm me if you want more info.
 

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I need this miracle balm stuff. I'm pretty on top of sunburn now but it used to occasionally get so bad I couldn't put a halter on him. He'd just freak out.

This is also the horse who gets scratches. I wouldn't ride with open sores or anything that made the horse uncomfortable.
 

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If you use the “miracle balm”, it clears up the very next day...

Is this that cosmetics stuff for healing skin?

This stuff....




Wonder if it would work on fire ant bites and heal the open sore and stop scars that then take the place of nice skin... :think:
Any idea and if it isn't this...
What is it? :|
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Is this that cosmetics stuff for healing skin?

This stuff....




Wonder if it would work on fire ant bites and heal the open sore and stop scars that then take the place of nice skin... :think:
Any idea and if it isn't this...
What is it? :|
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No, I can’t be that direct, LOL....I’ll compare that product to what I use. Thanks!
 

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Thanks for the quick advice. A few of the requested details:
-She's turned out 24/7. They currently have access to pasture and a dry lot with sheds. Bugs are bad so I am generally finding them just hanging out in the dry lot/shed area. Everything has been damp/humid with light rain all week so while we (fortunately) don't have ankle-sucking mud, there is just a general dampness and dewy grass in the mornings. I've been picking poo from the sheds 2x daily to keep them as clean as possible since that's where they're congregating.
-To me, she looked short on the right hind most of the week, and that's the one she was most protective of during treatment (I nearly got cow-kicked the first couple of times I asked for that leg, which is out of character for her, so must have hurt).
-There is no heat or swelling in either leg.
-The raw sores were concentrated right above the heel bulbs, seems like a pretty sensitive spot.
-Nothing has been oozing, dripping blood, pus, etc. The first day, I counted 3 sores that were dime to penny sized, and looked like your own heel would look if you got a blister from too-tight shoes; raw and sore looking, but not a "meaty" open wound. Aside from those sores, there were some rubbed looking areas at the back of the pastern.
-I don't see things spreading up the leg and the two fronts remain clear. I am hoping I caught it fairly early on.
-re: terrain for riding. Generally we'll do a few miles on dirt/gravel roads. That seems like a bad idea for the near future. Alternatively, without booting, we have gently rolling grass hills that we could take an easy hack (1-2 miles) around. There are likely to be wet and muddy spots though.

I think I'm hearing you all suggest giving it a little more time is probably the best course of action since things do seem to be healing; no need to reopen sores or scrape scabs that are in place now.
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I use Krudzapper to heal up scratches. :D It's amazing stuff. Good for open wounds, rain rot, etc...you don't need much & it heals things fast. I love it.

But I think you should be OK riding if it's healing up already. Just see how it goes, don't push it if she feels like she's hurting of course. I think you did catch it early on which is good.
 

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Organic tea tree oil works great too--I put it on my arab's scratches and the redness was gone overnight. It dried the wounds also and kept healing after only the one application. I put it on straight and my horse had no reaction but it might sting so probably best to dilute with water. He was already a pasture pet so no riding but he healed up pretty quick.
 

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Just wanted to close the loop on this thread. I'm happy to say that just about two weeks later, the scratches are pretty much resolved. She has one rough, scaly patch left just above her hairline on the left hind, but it's much smaller than it started and doesn't seem to be bothering her. Phew!

I kept at it with Vetericyn spray and desitin daily, and was vigilant about cleaning the sheds and favorite hangout areas 2-3 times daily. I also got lucky with a few short stretches of sunny, dry days. We're about to have another week of rainy days, so I'll be keeping up the desitin so we don't lose ground.

I did an easy walking ride through the fields yesterday but will boot up and go for a "real" ride later today while it's still sunny! I really appreciate everyone's advice and have filed it away in case we encounter this again in the future and the approach I took this time doesn't work.
 
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