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Can You Prevent Scratches, Girth Galls, Boot Rubs, etc.?

April 23, 2018 3 min read

Horse owners often find themselves exhausted as they try to keep their horse safe and healthy, wrapping them in proverbial bubble wrap. Non-horse people see horses as large, powerful animals, decked out in the armor of the dark ages like impenetrable beasts. Oh, but how far from the truth this mythological stereotype is. The truth is, they are made of glass. Hairy, hungry, attitude infused glass.



Protecting a horse’s skin from irritation can be incredibly difficult, especially if your horse is thin-skinned and prone to breaking out easily. We see this issue pop-up with simple riding equipment such as boot rubs, under the wraps gunk and girth galls. We also see it in the downtime, with scratches or greasy heel from turnout time in new or changing pasture conditions. You are left pulling the hair out of your head, and patching it on your balding horse.

We know that by the time we notice boot rubs, girth galls, scratches or funk, it’s likely our horse is already irritated. It’s tough to treat these issues once they appear because it usually calls for a change in routine. Whether this is buying a multitude of boots or girths to see if one doesn’t rub, keeping them away from sandy arenas or muddy turnouts or even having to do all of the above AND medicate.


A prevention routine can be difficult to begin, because it seems like we’re spending time for something that MAY happen, in the long run it is much more affordable and a lot more comfortable for your horse. But, is there really a way to prevent all of these? Considering they all can be caused by a different environmental factor, how would that be possible?

While the causes may vary, the prevention is the same. Keeping your horse’s skin dry will keep them  free from fungi and bacteria. That’s why when your horse ends up with scratches, it is recommended to keep them out of moist turnouts. The sweat under boots, girths and pads are what allow fungi and bacteria to thrive and fester. Keep the coat dry, keep the ailments away.

Coat Defense is here to offer peace of mind. Coat Defense products are anit-bacterial, anti-fungal, natural, and safe for you and your horse. Rather than waiting for the problems to show up, there’s finally a way to prevent them!  No more vet bills, pain or down time. Coat Defense Daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER goes under boots, wraps, girths and saddle pads to prevent chafing and rubs. You can use it on your horse’s pasterns to prevent scratches and mud fever.

Simply sprinkle it on their coat, rub it in and you’re done. As an added bonus the powder acts as a dry shampoo when it’s too cold to wet shampoo or water is not available. It dries sweat and dissipates odor.

Jim McDonough tells us how he uses Coat Defense as a dry shampoo to keep his horse’s clean and shiny, and how it has prevented funk under the wraps for the first time ever.

Laynee Ashker tell us and show us just how she uses Coat Defense under tack to keep her horse’s skin healthy, protected and smelling fresh…

Is it too late to prevent and your horse is suffering RIGHT NOW from a skin issue? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE. Simply apply the paste and watch you horse heal quickly.


We’re proud to be healing and protecting the equine community with the only Dry and Drying products on the market. These products work faster than anything on the market, are effective 100% of the time, and don’t introduce any harsh chemicals to interfere with your horse’s natural healing abilities.


Emily Schwartz
Emily Schwartz

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