Pastern Dermatitis, commonly known as 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. Get your Scratches Treatment Kit here, and for more information and helpful videos, check out our Youtube page!


1. Wash affected area with Equiderma Neem Shampoo.
2. Dry well and apply Equiderma Skin Lotion.If the area presents as dry and scaly use only Equiderma Skin LotionIf the area is wet and seeping blood or serum – Follow with Equiderma Zinc Oxide Paste for Pastern Dermatitis.It is very important to keep the area clean and dry to ensure rapid improvement and the best outcome. Continue treatment daily until problem is resolved.