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How to Treat & Prevent Scratches in Horses

April 09, 2018 2 min read

April 9th, 2018

How to Treat & Prevent Scratches in Horses

Published by Emily Schwartz in Horse Care

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

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.”

What are Scratches, anyway?

Scratches in horses are a common skin ailment. It's typically found on the lower legs, beneath fetlocks, or on the cannon bones and pasterns. This equine skin diseases can flare up from a fungus, bacteria or mix of both. And it 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.

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 of what a search for “how to treat scratches in horses” calls for. Because that includes 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.

Scratches Before and After COAT DEFENSE®

No matter how well you care for your horses, skin funk can show up and just not go away. We treated this to no avail - until we tried COAT DEFENSE. In just a week we noticed a huge difference! The best part is, it’s all-natural. Check it out and see for yourself how fast it works!

Sharon White; Last Frontier Farm, Virginia


COAT DEFENSE® is an all natural product line that only uses readable, recognizable ingredients, that when combined, become a powerful agent against equine skin issues… Handmade in the USA, it’s a simple, safe solution to equine skin problems.

How does COAT DEFENSE® work to TREAT scratches?

The ingredients in COAT DEFENSE® TROUBLE SPOT DRYING PASTE work to keep moisture to a minimum, starving the bacterium of their food source. The paste dries to create a scab like barrier, keeping external agents out while still allowing the horse’s skin cells to safely repair themselves.

How does COAT DEFENSE® work to PREVENT scratches?

By applying the COAT DEFENSE® daily PREVENTATIVE POWDER to legs before turn out, a barrier is created to help starve off bacteria and fungus. Rubbing it in down to the skin will help alleviate any existing irritation, and help prevent further scabs from developing.

Emily Schwartz
Emily Schwartz

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