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        03-29-2014, 11:55 AM

    Its not fun. It needs a new name.

    Not really looking for any advice, more or less a vent. (Although, i'd never turn down good thoughts)

    Five days ago my gelding had a bald "scuff" mark on the side of his face, he appeared to be rubbing his face. He's shedding, didn't alarm me, but it was duly noted as suspicious.

    The next morning he looked like this, both sides and starting under the chin.

    I separated him, washing his grooming tools, dosed him with vit. A and applied tea tree oil to his face. Applied a little soothing comfrey and otc athletes foot cream later that day, still un-sure if this was a fungus, but thinking that it would clear right up if so.


    The next morning I came out to this.

    His skin was very inflamed and full of open sores, his chin bare, patches starting elsewhere on his face and now neck. I had a chat with the vet. Washed his face with an antibacterial/antifungal shampoo, (I've learned to never under estimate what a little soap and water can do) started feeding high amounts of garlic and pau d arco and applied more soothing creams to his angry skin.

    The next morning I started to apply a steroid anti-fungal now that his skin had calmed down.

    Today, more hair is gone and I can feel hard lumps of yellow-green crust under another quarter of his hair remaining over his face/throat latch area. His bald chin now covered in some moss-like fungus.

    I've treated numerous cases of rain rot, a case or two of ring worm and some other "fungus" type situations but this is new... and persistent! My poor balding pony, I think Monday we'll be getting in touch with the vet again. His skin is much less inflamed now at least.

    Started to add fenugreek and ACV to his diet with the pau D arco and garlic. Hoping that helps make him a much less favorable fungus playground.
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        03-29-2014, 03:31 PM
    Oh yucky. That looks nasty.
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        03-29-2014, 05:22 PM
    Green Broke
    I've seen that before. I have a mare with an overly sensitive immune system & she does the same thing with any break in her skin, even the tiniest rub.
    I've done all the skin testing, biopsies,blood tests etc. Nothing ever shows up except white blood cells in the wounds, as one would expect.

    The best fix we've found is Azium (steroid powder)-1 packet 2xday for 2 days, then 1/2 packet 2xday for 3 days,
    Then 1/2 packet 1xday for 2 days. The doses may vary depending on your vet or results. Azium shuts down the immune reaction

    SMZ's(antibiotic) for 10 days- for secondary infections

    Silvadene cream to the lesions- great stuff & feels good to the horse

    I can't say for sure that your horse has the same thing going on but the speed of the lesion growth & the description is the same.
    If it will work expect quick results within a couple of days.

    Before we found this combination a small girth rub had progressed to huge weeping areas which spread to the chest & upper front leg with massive swelling, so I wouldn't suggest letting it run it's course.

    Run this past your vet & see if he/she will give it a try.
    Good luck & let us know how it goes.
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        03-29-2014, 05:23 PM
    Poor baby! (That was for you AND your horse) Hope it gets better real quick. Sounds like you're doing all the right things.
        03-29-2014, 07:23 PM
    Natisha - Thanks! I will certainly discuss that with the vet!

    I have SMZ's and did start him on them today. A steroid has been what I have been thinking we should try when I can give the vet a call Monday.
        03-29-2014, 07:35 PM
    Green Broke
    The poor guy! Geez! Good luck and hope this gets cleared up soon! Sounds like you're on top of it as usual :) **Would you pm me when you can regarding your current choice of a vet? The one I recommended before seems to have 'lost his phone' despite my simple inquiry for a float this spring...

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