Can Diet Deter Skin Issues In Horses?

Scratches, also known as mud fever, pastern dermatitis or grease heel, is an infection that occurs on the back of a horse’s heels, but can spread up a horse’s cannon bones. Scratches can occur in horses that are turned out in wet or muddy conditions, those that have cuts on their legs from insect bites […]

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Updated: No Evidence Of Scratches On Justify Tuesday, Colt Recovering From Bruise

Two days after trainer Bob Baffert told the media Kentucky Derby winner Justify was suffering from scratches, Kentucky Horse Racing commission veterinarians said the colt appeared to be sound once again. “The horse walked, jogged, and turned in tight circles in both directions today without evidence of lameness,” said Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director […]

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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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EHV-1 Positive Quarantines Barn At Laurel Park; Shipping Restrictions Result In Multiple Scratches

The New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., had a horse who had been on the property test positive for the equine herpes myoencephalopathy (EHM, neurological disease caused by equine herpesvirus) on Jan. 16. As a result, the facility ordered all horses who had been on the grounds during the affected time period to be tested. […]

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Getting The Jump On Mud-Borne Ailments

With spring right around the corner, so too is the season for mud-related ailments in horses. Thrush, scratches and other issues associated with standing in wet environments can not only cause a horse discomfort, but can also lead to bigger problems if not treated properly, or staved off all together. Journeyman farrier Danvers Child, says […]

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Favored Enola Gray Scratched From Del Mar’s Torrey Pines

Likely to have gone off as the heavy favorite in Sunday’s G3 Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar, Nick Alexander’s Enola Gray has been scratched from the race, reports TVG. According to Jim Charvat on Twitter, trainer Phil D’Amato said that the 3-year-old filly coughed up some mucus after a routine gallop on Saturday. The […]

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‘Disappointing’: Fever Scratches Majesto From Travers

An elevated temperature will force Grupo Seven C Racing Stable’s Grade 1-placed Majesto to scratch from Saturday’s 147th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets at Saratoga Race Course, according to the outfit’s racing manager. Carlos Luis Giardinella, a Venezuelan television and magazine journalist who also serves as Grupo Seven […]

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How To Treat And Avoid Scratches This Spring

Each spring as the ground thaws and the rain falls, paddocks become a sloppy mess of muck and mud, and it can cause a painful, scabby skin irritation on a horse’s lower legs. It goes by many names, like scratches, dew poisoning, and mud fever, and it is one of the most common skin ailments horse […]

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Scratches Deplete Fields on Aqueduct’s Sunday Card

Sunday’s card at Aqueduct Racetrack saw several races scratched down to small fields due to a misinterpretation of a new rule implemented by the New York Racing Association Jan. 16 that prohibits horses to run back in 14 days or less at that track. The Daily Racing Form’s David Grening reported that eight horses who […]

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