SCRATCHES (in Horses.) A distemper of several sorts and kinds, distinguished by various names, viz. crepances, rat-tails, mules, kibes, pains, &c. being no other than the scratches, which are certain dry scabs, chops, or rifts, that breed between the heel and the pastern joints, and do many times go above the pastern, to the very hoof of the hinder legs, and sometimes are upon all four legs, though this is not very common. Scratches in the heel have so much affinity with the grease, and are so often concomitants of that distemper, that the method of treating them may be selected chiefly from what has been said under the article Grease. See Rat-tails.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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