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Equine Scratches

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 21, 2011 06:08

Q:  What is the best way to treat scratches on a horse. Both back feet...it doesn't look really bad but enough that he doesn't like me touching it. I was thinking of putting a rope around the back feet and rubbing that back and forth to rub it off instead of trying to lift the feet and scrape it off. But what is good to put on it after? I've heard bleach but ?? What do you suggest is the best to get rid of it quickest and easiest. Thanks :)

A:  Scratches is a complex disease of non-pigmented skin as it reacts to light, moisture bacteria and fungus.  It is best treated with a compounded ointment that will address all of these areas.  I have not found one that works good commercially and therefore we make one up with all the secret ingredients.  The lesion needs to be scrubbed free of all scabby areas and the lotion applied daily for a few weeks.