How to Treat & Prevent Scratches in Horses

 Scratches in horses are typically found on the lower legs, typically beneath fetlocks, or on the cannon bones and pasterns. 

Scratches in horses are typically found on the lower legs, typically beneath fetlocks, or on the cannon bones and pasterns. 

You bring your horse in from the pasture, grab your groom box and start brushing away. You work your way down to their legs and begin to remove all the dirt when you notice little scabs flaking off, along with tufts of hair. A heavy sigh, an eye roll and one thought, “Great, scratches.”

Scratches in horses are a common skin ailment, this equine skin diseases can flare up from a fungus, bacteria or mix of both. It’s a catch all phrase that runs along the same lines as mud fever, greasy heel, funk, gunk, cannon crud and rain rot. Whatever you call it, it’s all about environmental conditions, our culprit being muddy, moist, wet, humid, damp or dirty footing.

 Mud and rain are common environmental factors that cause the bacteria to flare up and cause scratches in horses.

Mud and rain are common environmental factors that cause the bacteria to flare up and cause scratches in horses.

For those of us who live anywhere but the desert, those conditions tend to be around October-June. Our summer in Northeast Ohio was incredibly rainy, my gelding would have surely been covered in scratches if not for my prevention routine. So how do you treat scratches in horses? And is there a way to prevent your horse from getting them?

Let’s start by mentioning the fact that any search for “how to treat scratches in horses” calls for clipping off all feathers, shaving down to the skin, applying harsh treatments and covering the area in antibiotic creams. I’m happy to do that for my horse, spend the time and money, but is there a way to save both?

Yes. COAT DEFENSE® has created a very simple solution to equine scratches. One that doesn’t including clipping, shaving, picking, cleaning, and slathering on creams or ointments with a bunch of unreadable ingredients. It’s called COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER and all you do is sprinkle it on their legs and rub it in. That’s it. Best part? If you use it in your grooming routine you’ll be able to PREVENT scratches on your horse all together! See for yourself in the video below…

Niki shows us how she uses COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER to treat and prevent equine scratches. Does your suffer from equine scratches or fungus? Pick up some COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER over at https://www.coatdefense.com/products/ and let them be a thing of the past.

If your horse has bad case of scratches, ones that are open, oozing or weeping, don’t worry, COAT DEFENSE® has a solution for that as well. Just brush off any debris, make sure it’s clean and dry and smear on some COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE. Let it dry, keep reapplying where any flakes off, and in just a couple days you’ll be shocked to see clean legs with new hair growing.

Don’t let equine scratches bring you down, grab some COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER, add it to your grooming routine and let the horse skin problem be a thing of the past. Happy trails!