What Is The Best Treatment For Scratches In Horses?

Although we appreciate the rain, moist environments can wreak havoc on horses. Scratches (pastern dermatitis) have a variety of names depending on where you live, but the treatment is the same. 


About Scratches in Horses

Scratches are characterized by pastern skin inflammation– this can include scabs, crusts, or even leakage of a discolored serum.

What Is The Best Treatment For Scratches In Horses

Purdue University recommends using a betadine, chlorhexidine, benzoyl peroxide, or 1-2% miconazole shampoo ...

Equiderma Skin Lotion

Equiderma is a product that has been a life-changer for many horses, especially those that frequently suffer from bug bite reactions, cannon crud, scratches, rubbing sores, or rain rot.

Original M-T-G

M-T-G isn’t just to help grow out manes and tails! It is an all-purpose product suitable for use on dogs, cats, and livestock.

Coat Defense

Coat Defense is available in two formulas- a “healing paste” and an easy-to-apply preventive powdered formula.

Banixx Medicated Anti-Fungal, Anti-Bacterial Shampoo

Although this isn’t a topical leave-on treatment, Banixx makes amazing products for all creatures.


Despite the suspicious correlation between wind and horse show dates, the weather is beyond our control.

Scratches is typically an easy-to-treat problem with no vet visit required. And with such a wide variety of products on the market, you’re sure to find something that will work well for your horse. However, in more severe cases, bacteria and fungi may spread deep into the affected area. 


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