About three weeks ago I had to get a health cert to show my mare, Whiskey, at fair. At the check my vet noticed a "bug bite" on her neck, but worried that it might be a sarcoid, not a bite. This mare is my beloved show mare and I was heartsick...but couldn't focus on it until she finished her last shows for the season.
So we got done with the shows, and vet came back out to reassess, and by then I had found a smaller than dime size one on her cheek, and a tiny one on her poll, right by her forelock between her ears. We decided to treat the one on her neck with XXTerra, and we are now on day 6, she has 4 days of getting treated with the cream, and 4 off, then repeat until gone. I got to tell you, this is making me crazy... it looks terrible, but it isn't sloughing off - the skin just feels rock hard, like old dried out leather, and it is hot and very tender to her. Bless her, she lets me treat it, but is very, very sensitive. We are going to watch her reaction to this one before treating her cheek (her jaw), and the tiny one on her poll we are thinking we will sedate her and cut out so she doesn't get headshy.
I am praying we get this now and get it all. Wish us luck.
The first Pics are us at fair, she picked up her first halter points, it really wasn't noticeable when I oiled it up... the next are her sarcoid at day one and day four after treatment. I will post more pics as we continue treatment.
The hardest part is dealing with the fact that this can disfigure her perrmanently, and this year we earned 14 amt and 33 open solid paint bred points before I had to stop showing to treat it... such a promising beginning... and she is only four years old...