Pastern Dermatitis - Scratches - Mud Fever - Greasy Heel - Cracked Heel


Pastern Dermatitis, a condition commonly known as horse scratches, mud fever, greasy heel, or cracked heel presents itself when the skin in the hollow of the pastern becomes reddened, tender, scabby and scaly.  If the area is not immediately and aggressively treated, the cracks and scabs will grow, the edges will become thickened and calloused and the horse may become lame. It is generally caused by the organism dermatophilus congolensis; the same organism that causes rain rot, but can also be caused by bacteria. Immediate and diligent care should be taken at the onset of the disease.

Equiderma offers products for the treatment for scratches horses routinely pick up, treatment for mud fever horses may come down with, treatment for sunburn horses are pained by, treatment for greasy heel horses may suffer from, and treatment for pastern problems horses may develop.


Wash the affected area with Equiderma Neem Shampoo. Dry well and apply Equiderma Skin Lotion.  Follow with Equiderma Zinc Oxide Paste for Pastern Dermatitis only if the area is wet and seeping blood or serum.  If the area presents as dry and scaly use only Equiderma Skin Lotion. It is very important to keep your horse in a clean, dry environment to ensure rapid improvement and the best outcome.  Continue treatment every day until problem is resolved.

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