pastern dermatitis

Straight Talk On Scratches

Scratches, also called equine pastern dermatitis, is a condition most horse owners and caretakers will encounter sometime during their tenure with horses. If not treated right away, the crusty scabs can lead to swelling, inflammation and lameness—and the condition can become chronic. The Chronicle of the Horse spoke with Dr. Nimet Browne, an internal medicine […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Treating Tricky Skin Diseases

In our Ask Your Veterinarian series, we bring your questions to the practitioners of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., and they provide answers. Got a question you want to see in this series? Email info at QUESTION: Skin diseases can be so tricky to get rid of; should I be using […]

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Justify: ‘Minor’ Skin Irritation On Left Hind Pastern Won’t Interfere With Training Schedule

Video footage of Kentucky Derby winner Justify on Sunday morning appeared to show the colt favoring his left hind leg, but trainer Bob Baffert told the Paulick Report there is no cause for concern. According to Baffert, reached by telephone on Sunday afternoon, Justify has a fairly common condition known as “scratches” below the pastern of his […]

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Mud Fever The Bane Of Many Horse Owners In Wet Weather

Rain and snow have come on with a vengeance in many parts of the country, and whether horses live in wet conditions from rain or from a rain-freeze-rain mix, they’re at risk of “scratches,” also known as mud fever, greasy heel or dew poisoning, all of which are collectively called pastern dermatitis. The scientific term […]

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