How To Treat Scratches in Horses with Banixx

What are scratches in horses?

Horse Scratches, also known as Mud Fever, Dew Poisoning, Greasy Heel or Pastern Dermatitis. Scratches in horses is a condition caused by a fungus: Sporotrichum Schenki to be exact. It’s a chronic, progressive, painful equine dermatitis that infects the deep layers of skin in the heel, fetlock and pasterns of horses.

The conditions that give rise to equine scratches are primarily damp, muddy pastures and constant wetting and drying of the skin in the area of the leg and hoof. This also happens frequently with show horses, that generally receive more baths than their pasture counterparts and tend to work in rings where large quantities of manure have intermingled with the sand base. (Poor stable hygiene may also be a contributing factor).

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Horse Scratches is caused by the fungus, but can also have a bacterial component in more advanced stages. The fungus thrives on organic matter and finds its way into breaks in the horse’s skin. It begins as a small, pinkish ulceration in the plantar pastern and develops into sores with black crusty scabs that can ooze puss and cause hair loss and edema. If left untreated, bacteria can invade inner tissue and even vascular and lymphatic vessels. When this occurs, the whole lower leg may swell and can often lead to lameness. Other sources of irritation that lead to Scratches include: insects and parasites; cracked skin that is continually aggravated by the horse’s motion; excessive washing of the legs; heavily feathered legs that tend to trap dirt & moisture; heavier breeds such as draft or draft mix appear more susceptible

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This product was bought on a recommendation from a family member who swears by it. I decided to try it and I could not believe the way it works. It doesn't sting and heals FAST! Horses are like overgrown 2 year olds and are always coming in from the pasture with a scrapes.
My mare had a gash on her left right rear leg which seemed to just get worse no matter what I put on it. I used Banixx twice a day for about 3 weeks and it got better daily. I consider it a new tool in my arsenal.
I bought this specifically for a horse who had a severe case of scratches. For the first four days I did twice daily application and healing began immediately. After four days I went to once daily application and healing progressed rapidly. He was completely healed within two weeks.
Suo Marte
I bought this a week ago and it has done wonders for my horses stubborn scratches. This product seemed to work better (or just as well as) something I bought from the vet for twice as much. I apply it at least once a day and after a week the scabs were falling off.
I have been using Banixx for the past few years on my horses who tend to be prone to scratches. Easy to apply, not messy and works like a charm.
I have used this product for everything from small nics, scrapes and cuts to burning for them and peace of mind for me. Works wonders. It also comes in a travel size that comes in handy on the road. I always have a spare bottle on hand so I don't run out.
Silver Star
One of our horses had an encounter with a panel. As a result he scraped and cut both his hind legs. He was so ouchy our farrier rescheduled his trim and recommended we spray his legs with Bannix. We did and the improvement is phenomenal! So glad we switched our treatment to Bannix.
This spray is as effective as Vetricyn but much more economical, it was gentle in that my sensitive guy didn't flinch when it was put onto a freshly cleaned cut, and it helped his cut to heal quickly in comparison to a generic ointment.
When I first got my TB rescue she was in poor condition with some awful bite wounds on her hindquarters. I had seen an ad for Banixx and decided to try it. WOW! it worked really well and even on the deep wounds and rain rot. I keep a bottle in my barn now.
Love this stuff. I use it on any skin issues, bug bites, scrapes and as a preventive for possible rain rot around my mare's fly mask.


How to Get Rid of & Treat Horse Scratches

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Horse Scratches

Scratches in Horses

Banixx has both anti-bacterial & anti-fungal properties that work quickly and painlessly to get rid of & treat scratches on horses. In addition the treatment does not cause angst for your horse because Banixx has no odor or foreign scent to alarm your horse, and, even better, has no burn or sting upon application.

For best results, saturate the afflicted area with Banixx and keep the horse in a dry, clean environment for as long as possible. Treatment for equine scratches should be administered minimally twice a day, morning and evening. We prefer that you do not attempt to pick off the scabs, these are nature’s band-aids and removal will be painful for your horse and leave the skin at risk for further infection. Banixx is able to penetrate the scabs for quick and lasting results!

A few days of consistent treatment with Banixx will cause the scabs to fall off naturally, having cleared the infection beneath them. As always, consistency of treatment is Key to good results; daily treatments are recommended. Since Banixx is odor-free and painless, it will not cause your horse any further discomfort. This lack of pain makes application a breeze for both horse and owner!

There are different approaches to resolving horse Scratches, including the use of harsh chemical mixtures often containing iodine, alcohol or tee tree oil.  The danger with this approach is that it’s necessary to eradicate 100% of the infectious cells; otherwise, the organisms will mutate and continue to thrive. Such chemicals may also cause your horse considerable discomfort in the form of stinging or burning.

A more benign and successful approach to horse Scratches is to carefully clip excess or long hair away from the infected area, taking care not to break the skin. Then, gently wash the affected areas with Banixx Medicated Shampoo or a mild soap. Pat the areas dry and apply Banixx spray, as a gentle, topical treatment, since it will not burn or sting and will promote a quicker recovery. The removal of scabs is unnecessary since Banixx will treat the underlying infection and thus enable scabs to fall off naturally in a matter of days. As always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so applications of Banixx spray during conditions that invite Scratches is a sound idea!

What Causes Scratches on Horses?

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The constant wetting and drying of the skin in the area of the leg and hoof leads to the tissue being constantly warm and moist resulting in this fungal infection. Scratches on horses are more specific to equines with white legs or socks because the un-pigmented skin is more susceptible to chaffing and abrasion, which opens the way for this fungus infection. Equine Scratches can be a real problem with show horses since they generally receive more baths than their pasture counterparts and the show horse environment is generally warmer and hence more conducive to fungal growth.

How to Prevent Scratches in Horses?

Since Horse Scratches can quickly escalate into a raging infection that can even cause lameness, the better your knowledge of the situation, and ways to prevent it, go a long way towards keeping a happy, healthy horse!

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Horse Scratches

Scratches are caused by a fungus but sometimes this infection mutates and it may have an additional corresponding bacterial component. Happily, Banixx is not only anti-bacterial but also anti-fungal, hence one bottle of Banixx takes care of this multi-faceted problem.  Since  damp, muddy pastures or simply, a warm, moist environment such as a riding ring or show-ring, along with constant wetting and drying of the skin may lead to the development of equine Scratches, any efforts to avoid or limit this go a long way towards keeping a happy horse & owner!

  • Keep Horses off wet pastures.
  • Check your horse's legs frequently for signs of infection and use Banixx as a preventative.
  • Dry your horse's legs before putting him up in a stall and apply Banixx.
  • Avoid early morning turnout when there is heavy dew.
  • Use dry, clean wraps/boots around the infected areas and keep each horse's boots separate.
The question is often asked..”Are Scratches in horses contagious?”..yes, to a degree. Because Horse Scratches is commonly a fungal infection, equipment including brushes, tack, blankets, leg wraps, boots etc should not be shared. Brushes, wraps and blankets should be cleaned with a bleach solution to eradicate fungal spores. As a home remedy for boots and wraps, apple cider vinegar does a good disinfection job against fungus.
Customer 5-star comments saying Banixx
is the best treatment for Horse Scratches
“We got a new horse recently. First experience with a chestnut and he has white socks. Discovered he had scratches – never had with other horses. This works the best of everything we’ve tried. The goop that has Furazone in it is sticky and bedding sticks to”By S. Kirkland (Amazon Customer)
“Love this stuff for for healing the “scratches” fungus that appear on my horses pasterns & fetlocks during the heavy dew season. Easy to use, non stinging, (so the horses don’t mind), & keeps well in storage when not in use”By Tammy, Chewy Customer)
“I have used this product for everything from small nics, scrapes and cuts to Scratches…no burning for them and peace of mind for me. Works wonders. It also comes in a travel size that comes in handy on the road. I aleays have a spare bottle on hand so I don’t run out.”By Smart Pak Customer)

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