I have read a lot of the threads already with a lot of good suggestions many of which I’ve tried.
Chestnut 11 y/o gelding with white hind feet with pink skin who lives in a stall/paddock combo and we have been fighting scratches year round for the last year. We are in California - it is dry almost the entire year and he gets no grass turn-out. He’s on alfalfa hay cubes, Tribute Kalm Ultra grain, and SmartCombo supplement (which includes zinc and copper).
At various points I have tried:
Stopped wearing brushing boots and switched to polos during rides to keep clean
Wear fly boots all the time to protect pink skin from the sun
Spraying with Banixx
Treat with animax RX ointment from vet - seems to work initially but never clears it up
Treat with homemade combo of equal parts desitin, triple antibiotic, anti-itch cream, anti-fungal cream - seems to work initially but doesn’t fully clear it up
Wash a few times a week with medicated RX shampoo from vet
Never wash legs
Keeping the legs clipped
Letting the hair grow, to protect the sensitive pink skin
Only clip where active scratches are so medication reaches the skin
The scratches for the most part have been on the leg, but the current outbreak I have been fighting since January is on both hind pasterns. Because of that I stopped the fly boots a few weeks ago, thinking that they may be irritating it because they sit right where the scratches are, but no real change since then.
Things I’m considering and would love if anyone has experience:
(1) More copper and zinc? Since his supplement already has this, does anyone have a suggestion for how much should be fed?
(2) Immune support - due to recent outbreaks of EHV-1 our barn has started Platinum Performance Zinc and Lysine packets and will be interesting to see if this helps.
(3) Coat defense paste - has anyone tried this and had success?
(4) Eqstim - vet suggested this as a monthly injection for immune support to help the chronic scratches - has anyone tried this?
Any other additional things to try are appreciated.