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    07-07-2008, 02:26 PM
Horrible Skin Problem

I need help desperately. My horse/Pony Rojo (Ro-Ho) is miserable, as am I. A little background, Rojo is of unknown breed, but he paddles something terrific so I assume something slightly gaited, Morgan seems to fit him also. Anyway, he was bought at a yard where they sell "wild" horses. That was about 5 years ago and before that I know nothing. He is of wonderful personality, though he is a bit quick to buck somedays. Since about 3 years after we brought Rojo home, he has broken out every summer, about the time of season when the bugs become worst. I will add pictures if I am able. The first time it occured, we noticed he has bumps EVERYwhere, like a swarm of mosquitoes had found him delicious. Since then it has gotten worse every year. We began to suspect allergies, hives. Our vet also agreed, but no one is sure on anything, even our vet is at a loss. It's not rain rot, of this I am nearly positive. Every year this had grown progressively more severe. This year is the worst. He has been itching himself to the point of drawing blood and beyond. His mane grew matted and I cut if off with scissors to make it easier to clean, and as you can see from the picture, what I found underneath made my stomach roll. He has no hair left on his belly, im sorry I have no pic of that yet. Its nothing but blood and puss and raw skin. Here is what I have tried so far...

Benedryl--no effect
Equi-spot--worked when the bugs were only beginning to come out, but when the came out full blast, no effect
Epidermal cream (brand?)--seems to help close sores, but VERY expensive...
Daily washings--no obvious effect but when combined with cream, helps fight infections
Trihist--no obvious effect
Garlic Supplement to fight bugs--no obvious effects

I don't know what causes it or how to fight it, but sadly, my father, who owns the horse (i care for the small herd) is ready to just put poor Rojo out of his misery, but I wish to prevent this as this is a great little horse. Which reminds me, this has been something only Rojo is afflicted with. It's not contagious and none of the others (there are 5 total) has ever shown signs of this issue. This is getting desperate, I do not want this horse to lose out on life, but I will admit he is so miserable. OH!! It also effects his dock, I cut of the hairs for about 5 inches from where it meets his hindquarters and it resembles his mane, I will add more pictures asap. It has also effected his ears for the first time this year, they are very sensative to being touched, as is his dock.

After reading a few posts, I am suspecting bacteria or fungus?

*update: pictures currently unavailable, will upload on diff computer asap!
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    07-07-2008, 02:33 PM
God, that sounds awful. If your vet doesn't know, I certainly don't have a clue, sorry
    07-07-2008, 02:43 PM
Not sure if it will help, but have you tried MTG? If it's a fungus it may help.

Have you ever put a fly sheet on him? That may help the bugs from getting him a lot.

I hope you find out what's wrong with Rojo.
    07-07-2008, 02:46 PM
Allergies do tend to get progressively worse over time.
Have you tried giving steroids when the attacks occur? Or hydroxizine? You could also keep a fly sheet on him and be diligent with the fly spray if you think it's related to insect bites.
    07-07-2008, 04:13 PM
What about "dew poisoning". Some horses, esp. With large areas of white on them, will react to certain grasses and mositure and will get horrible lesions from it. Sometimes just on the legs and muzzle, but could spring up on the belly as well.

I think the reaction causes light sensitivity and the skin cracks, blisters sometimes and attracts bugs. A sheet or keeping the horse in during the times of day when the moisture is on the grass or out of direct sunlight in the midday helps.

It's not a bacteria or fungus, I don't think (Not had my horses do it, but some of my clients') but some sunscreen helped, and some salve on the existing lesions helps.
    07-07-2008, 04:27 PM
Green Broke
If it is dew poisoning, there is a cream that helps...dew poison ointment...don't know the drug name - a couple of jars of that stuff cured an old pony we had of dew poison that had gone untreated for 5 years (stinky, and ouch!)
    07-07-2008, 04:31 PM
what else can you tell about dew poisoning. It's something I don't really have experience with and want to make sure I had it right in my head. The horses I see it on get nasty, oozing lesions on the insides of their hocks/fetlock areas the worst ( mostly white paint horses, poor girls) and they have to stay in most of the time to keep it in check . Vet had diagnosed it and the owners just describe the pain in the rear it is to deal with it.
    07-08-2008, 01:55 PM
Dew poisening is foreign to me, ill have to look it up, however Rojo is all bay, the only white being two small socks and a star, niether of which are affected, and so far is skin problem is not "stinky" :) I am putting pictures up on my website and will link to it as soon as they are uploaded. Thank you all for your input. The epidermal cream ("Tzone" Equine Dermal Care Cream) has done wonders so far, he still looks horrid to someone who hasn't seen what he used to be, but I can see the improvement, and I am in the process of finding him a home with open pastures versus our wooded one.
    07-08-2008, 01:58 PM
Oh, he's in a wooded area? Do you get poison ivy/oak/sumac in your area? Maybe he gets into that or even chiggers? I'm really grasping for straws here. LOL
    07-08-2008, 02:51 PM
Green Broke
Barefoothooves, just saw your post. This little guy was out in a pasture 24/7, and had it on all 4 feet - 2 were white. He had many small scabbies that did ooze. He had been untreated for so long, that he had some rotten flesh under the scabs...it was disgusting. We also clipped the excess hair from around his fetlocks, and applied that ointment every day. Bless his heart - he felt much better after about 2 weeks. I don't really know much more about it than that, he was a little itchy on it, but it was confined to his feet.

Katalina, you know this actually sounds like gnats. Do you have gnats in your area? I know a bunch of horses here that get them...they itch very bad - and always on their bellies and anywhere else they can get to flesh . I've always used diaper rash cream because it's really thick...seems to work pretty good, too. Keep us updated!

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