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Date Posted: 14:04:33 03/23/10 Tue
Author: Megan
Subject: Scratches....or something else

Hello everyone! I just wanted to share an experience I'm going through right now with my 2 1/2 year old colt that I think a lot of feathered horse people will appreciate.

For the past almost 2 years I've been battling what I thought was scratches. It mimicked it almost to a tee. Scaby, scaly crusts coming off the fetlock & pastern area. We shaved his feathers off several times and treated with anti-microbial/anti-fungal shampoo that the vet gave us. It would go away almost completely. Almost. Then finally about 3 weeks ago I had the vet come out and do a skin biopsy because we were at our wits end. Upon getting the results back last week, it turned out what he had was mites! Which to my surprise is completely treatable and should go away completely! So if there are any of you feathered horse people out there that are treating a very stubborn case of "scratches", ask your vet about doing a skin biopsy and see what it really is. I very much regret not doing this a long time ago. Everyone just said that scratches is something that feathered horses get sometimes and sometimes you just can't get rid of it. Which to some extent is true...but the skin biopsy is definitely a great idea if you want to pinpoint what your horse really has. I highly recommend it for those stubborn cases. Thanks everyone for hearing me out. :) Hope this is a help.

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