Equine Pastern Dermatitis



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 Equine pastern dermatitis (EPD), commonly known as “scratches,” is a skin disease that usually includes swelling of the horse’s heel, fetlock, pastern, and/or lower leg and is often chronic and resistant to treatment.

Download this free guide to learn more about this common skin condition, its causes, treatment, and prevention methods.


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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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