So - I completely forgot to bring out the camera yesterday. The option to have a vet knock her down will takes a couple of weeks... grrrr they are all 'too busy'. I hate vets sometimes.
As it was warm yesterday, we tried using a hose with warm water to see if we could loosen it - but that turned into a near disaster. With me holding her lead, my daughter was slowly ooching the water closer to her when out of nowhere we had trouble! She had been ooching around the corner of the barn away from the water and none of us, inlcuding the stable owner who was ther to help, noticed a piece of fencing lying in the grasss. Yup, filly stuck one back leg through the fencing and absolutely exploded!
Thank god she does not pull on the lead. I threw my back against a stall and tried my best to talk calm to her as she GALLOPED back and forth in a semicirle around me, flinging this bit of fencing. My 20 year old daughter and the stable owner are screaming for me to let go of the horse before I get hurt ( I have a crushed spine and have been warned that one more fall from a horse and I am paralized from the midback down for the rest of my life). Luckly the side to side semicircles (bouncing off stall walls in the asileway at each end) with the three feet of rope that was between her and me, threw off the bit of fence off her leg.
Once the four of us could breath again we were all estatic to find no damage to the filly.
We spent the next half hour reassuring the filly that water does not cause that, but were unable to get her to calm down enough to work the gunk with the hose.
The stable owner's significant other owns tranqualizer, but for liability reasons will only use it under life and death situations. Which I can understand.
With no other options, we broke out the VEET - which is the hair removal stuff my daughter uses. We spent the next two hours convincing an already stressed out filly to let me work the stuff up under some of the bigger chunks, lettign it be for five minutes, then using a sweat scraper to scrape the hair. Each application I got about 1/8th of an inch of hair out from under a chunk that is about four inches by six inches by almost an inch thick.
We mananged to get most of the smaller pieces, one inch diameter and smaller, off. The big chunk is about half off, but by that time, we were all too tired to continue.
Then it was time to spend about half an hour convincing her to stand and let me sponge the area clean of all the chemicals. The filly was not amused. I just kept at it until I was certain that there were no more chemicals on her skin.
The stable owner was horrifed as she realized the full extent of the gunk. Until then, she had not climbed under my half wife filly to look at it... gee, I wonder why? LOL
So, the filly looks wierd as heck with a big area of her girth area completely bare. There are also a few small spots on her legs where I dripped the VEET. She looks like she has some sort of horrible disease! But I have to get that crud off. The skin is sore but so far it is not broken - so no infection.
You can just barely see the guck between her front legs in this pic, taken a week ago.