Managing Chronic Scratches in Horses

Dr. Susan White explains how owners can manage horses with a history of chronic scratches.

No account yet? Register

Photo: The Horse Staff

Scratches is a potentially painful skin condition in horses that most commonly affects the heel, back of the pastern, fetlock, and cannon bone and can be caused by a bacterial, fungal, or parasitic skin infection. Susan White, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Georgia, in Athens, explains how to manage horses with a history of chronic scratches for the long-term.

This podcast is an excerpt of our Ask TheHorse Live Q&A, “Navigating Skin Problems in Horses.” Listen to the full recording here.

About the Expert

Susan White DVM

Susan L. White, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM

Susan L. White, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor, Emeritus of Large Animal Medicine at University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. White has a long-standing interest in equine dermatology, lectures on the topic extensively nationally and internationally, and maintains an equine dermatology consulting service.


Written by:

Haylie Kerstetter, Digital Editor, holds a degree in equine studies with a concentration in communications and a minor in social media marketing. She is a Pennsylvania native and, as a horse owner herself, has a passion for helping owners provide the best care for their horses. When she is not writing or in the barn, she is spending time with her dog, Clementine.

Related Articles

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with

FREE weekly newsletters from

Sponsored Content

Weekly Poll

sponsored by:

What lameness issues has your horse experienced? Select all that apply.
267 votes · 534 answers

Readers’ Most Popular

Sign In

Don’t have an account? Register for a FREE account here.

Need to update your account?

You need to be logged in to fill out this form

Create a free account with!