One of my horses has little black scabs under the feathers on the back of his feet. All of his feet! It's not swollen and not itchy. Just scabby, and mildly irritated as in a bit pinkish. The horse isn't complaining about anything. At first I thought maybe he had just nicked his feet in the pasture on a bush or something but it's too similar spreading on all four feet.
I have looked around online and I think this might be "a mild case of scratches" aka "pasture dermatitis." Supposedly horses with white feet and feathers get it more often. My mustang has feathers and three white feet, one black foot. I don't know why this would happen in dry conditions in California. But from the pictures online it looks like that's what it is.
Anyway, every few days I've been washing with betadine, letting it dry then putting an anti-bacterial spray on the area, with also some swat to keep flies off. That seems to be helping. Any other suggestions? One suggestion online said they use a mix of desitin and antibiotic cream...
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