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








This condition presents 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.


Wash the affected area with Equiderma Neem Shampoo. Dry well and apply Equiderma Skin Lotion. Follow with Equiderma Zinc 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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