With spring comes mud and with it, one of the most frustrating equine skin conditions: Scratches (also called Mud Fever, Pastern Dermatitis, Greasy Heel). The chronic and progressive equine dermatitis infects the deep layers of skin in the heel and pastern. Scratches is a fungus that can have a bacterial component in more advanced stages. Seen in horses housed in muddy pastures, it’s also commonly found on show horses who spend a lot of time in the wash rack and whose legs are not always dried adequately.
How do I keep my horse from getting scratches?
If possible, keep your horse in a clean, dry stall and away from overly wet, muddy pastures. Avoid early morning turnout when there is a heavy dew or frost, and when you bring your horse in, dry his legs and check for early signs of infection. For show horses, spray on Banixx liberally as a preventative after washing. Since Banixx provides an inhospitable environment to both bacteria and fungus, stay ahead of the game by spraying the lower legs and pasterns regularly with Banixx. Pat it into the skin so that it makes good contact. It’s not possible to over-medicate with Banixx™, so it can easily be used daily as a preventative.
How do I treat scratches?
Instead of harsh chemical mixes, Banixx provides a gentler and more successful approach. If needed, carefully clip the hair away from the infected area, making sure not to break the skin. Then, wash thoroughly with a Banixx Medicated shampoo (that already contains Collagen as soothing agent). Pat the areas dry and, twice a day, apply a gentle, topical treatment, such as Banixx™, that will not burn or sting and will promote healing.