Scratches? What is this?

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  1. lucky_pine

    lucky_pine Senior Member

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    Not my horse and I have no control over the situation but I am wondering if this was caused by a bad case of scratches that went untreated. If so, what is the treatment? He doesn't seem lame but he has thrush in all 4 feet so very likely could be appearing sound because he is actually lame in all 4.

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    Kristal H Senior Member

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    It looks like an old rope burn
     
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    lucky_pine Senior Member

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    Horse hasn't been messed with in a very long time and no twine out in pasture.
     
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    Kristal H Senior Member

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    This is not fresh, it is an aged scar. Back in the day we used to see a lot,of,these from people that staked their horse out.
     
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    lucky_pine Senior Member

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    I've seen this horse almost every day for the last 7 years and there has never been a time where he had a rope burn of any form. At most, it's a month, as that is when I quit going out there. It's moist under that layer of crust.
     
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    It is very common for proud flesh to develop with this type and location of injury.
     
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    Greasy heel.. A bacterial or fungal infection got under the skin and caused it to ooze and crust. This one is a cronic infection, when it gets that pronounced.

    You have to clean it with betadine twice a day and then dry it and keep it dry while treating it.
     
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    lucky_pine Senior Member

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    Thank you for replying. What could have caused it?
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    It can start with just a little scratch that goes untreated. The area stays wet and the infection keeps growing. Once the infection gets under the first layer of skin, it goes wild and you get this ugly thing.
     
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    lucky_pine Senior Member

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    Okay. I knew it wasn't a rope burn and judging by how it feels and honestly, smells, I thought it might be scratches/greasy heel. I've never seen it quite like this before.
     

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