I don't know where she picks them up but this time of year for three years running she has had scratches. Don't know if it is connected but it coincides with the white clover getting that powdery mold on it in the field. We only have clover on one end of the front paddock. Hope to spray it dead someday. We also rode some muddy squishy trails about two weeks ago, could have happened then?
So! I remove the scabs and scrub with iodine shampoo and let that soak for at least five or ten minutes (good time to break out the brush and shmooze the horse). Next I mix equal parts of antifungal foot cream, Desitin, and triple antibiotic ointment. Rinse off the iodine shampoo and pat dry with a clean cloth. Then I apply the mixture thickly onto the scratches and surrounding skin. It is a small case of it, but scratches are really hard to beat down. Last year it took me eight weeks to clear it on the hinds, and she was not a happy camper getting those things scrubbed. She however is being much more agreeable with the fronts.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association