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[RC] easyboot epics and scratches - Dream Weaver


For those of you that are using the easyboot epics are your horses =
developing scratches after endurance rides?

Try this: http://www.trail-rite.com/ointment.html Since you know your horse gets scratches, you'll want to use it as a preventative. They have a larger size, I think it's a pound. Also, try the Eqyss spray that is for scratches, and their shampoo. You probably need a combination of things :)


During the ride, make sure that everything is thoroughly clean and dry before wrapping and putting the boots on. I have found that rides with lots of water and wet don't seem to affect the vetwrap or boots negatively in any way -- though I think I do check under the gaiters and vetwrap more frequently just to be sure. You can insert more lubricant into the back of the pastern under the vetwrap during the ride. If you use aloe gel, be sure to use pure aloe gel (with no alcohol).

Once the ride is over, clean and dry the pasterns. Bring a small towel and use it to dry everything off with. Then, if the sun is shining and the horse is standing in the sun, put some desitin on everywhere you see pink skin showing, after rubbing Trail Rite Ointment in thoroughly.

I think that the epics are probably helpful towards preventing scratches in a way because they block the sun. Which is going to help horses that get scratches from sun sensitivity.

http://members.tripod.com/ridephotos/ photo albums here, showing Chief and boots after doing the last multidays he's done -- a 5 day ride, and a 6 day ride, one ride had a lot of water/mud/bogs, and the other was hot so he had water poured on frequently which kept boots/vetwrap wet as well. Photos from EHSC last weekend are in the AERC photo gallery http://aerc.org/Membership_Photos.asp, there is one shot there of Chief at the finish with his boots on (and wet vetwrap underneath, looking like soggy socks). His feet/pasterns/legs are coming thru every ride this year in absolutely remarkable condition (considering he has no shoes nailed on his feet), I'm very pleased with how well the epics are working for him. I hope you are able to work out the problems you are having Kim. Good luck :)

Karen


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