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Date Posted: 20:43:00 01/08/09 Thu
Author: Sarah
Subject: Scratches
In reply to: Katie 's message, "Ergots, etc." on 22:57:54 11/08/08 Sat

Stephanie,

In my experience with scratches regular anti-bacterial dishsoap has worked the best (and the cheapest) for me. Once you get rid of the problem it doesn't seem to show itself again. Scratches is fungul so if you keep the area clean you shouldn't have the problem again. My mare was imported and when she arived she had a bad case of it.

Best of luck,
Sarah


>Hi Stephanie,
>
>Ergots are, indeed, very similar to chestnuts except
>for their locations. They are very normal, but not
>all horses have them. If they get too long, they can
>be carefully removed by the same methods used to
>remove chestnuts. It seems like most Friesian ergots
>are covered by feathers and so are left alone.
>
>Thankfully, I have not had to deal with scratches, so
>I can't lend you any personal experience with that.
>You could start by reading about scratches in the
>"Care and Health" section under Reference, a link to
>which you can find on the home page of this website.
>
> Here is a link that you may find interesting. It
>covers many aspects of care specific to Friesians.
> >href="http://69.250.124.116/web/friesian/farm/FriesianG
>uide.htm">http://69.250.124.116/web/friesian/farm/Fries
>ianGuide.htm
Don't miss the section titled
>"Scratches/skin maladies of the feathers." Skin
>problems in the fetlock area have several possible
>causes. I printed this whole article out and keep it
>in the tack room.
>
>Here's wishing you and your Friesian the best of
>health!

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