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Re: CTR rides not the same everywhere and scratches

The East Coast is much wetter and I have mud up to my ears all spring and since
we don't have much winter, it's muddy as well.  Scratches are a real problem.  I
also knew someone who used "sheep-blacking" (not even sure what is is) on her
horse's legs.  She said white legs were more susceptible (I agree) and this kept
the legs dark (she shaved them first, though).  I have not tried this.

I have been fortunate in the past few years...hardly any of my horse have gotten
scratches.  I think they develop at least a temporary immunity after a bad bout
of it.  This "immunity" usually lasts 3-5 years.

An ounce of prevention is worth TONS of cure.

Teddy wrote:

> In a message dated 6/21/99 7:09:23 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
> << I have also had points knocked off for clipping fetlock hair (I do it
>  cause it prevents scratches).
>   >>
> Teddy, you are one of the only people who has expressed what I have come to
> believe: that the best way to prevent "scratches" is to clip the fetlock
> hair. I also clip the pastern hair, as close as I can, then smear Desitin or
> White's A&D ointment on the skin - BEFORE exposure to the elements.  The
> particular times we've had trouble were all on the desert.  It seems that
> alkali and sweat are a pretty bad combination.  Prevention helped for us,
> rather than cure.  And even then, the skin had a tendency to crack, just not
> as badly as if we had done nothing.
> Barbara

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