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  • Picturse of sores on pony face in winter
  • My pony wont heal soars

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    03-19-2013, 09:25 PM
  #11
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His bridle sits right around where the halter sits in the pic, and normally he doesnt have his halter on
     
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    03-19-2013, 09:28 PM
  #12
Green Broke
My first thought was sarcoids, but they don't really look like that. I'd have your vet take a look at them to see what he/she thinks.
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    03-20-2013, 02:59 AM
  #13
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Kinda looks like bot larve in the two on his cheekbone.. you tried to squeeze it? The one by his eye looks like a rub, but the other two look like somethin is in there that needs to come out.

Have you spoken with the vet yet?
     
    03-20-2013, 10:32 AM
  #14
Started
Looks like the start of sweet itch to me.
     
    03-20-2013, 10:43 AM
  #15
Green Broke
I could be wrong but, my money is on Onchocerca worms, a/k/a Neck Threadworms. Caused by Midge flies who, yes, cause sweet itch^^^

Equine-Onchocerciasis in Horses

I've dealt with them and your description fits

It took me two full years to work up the nerve to double-dose with pure Ivermectin; that was after no topicals on the face of this earth, cleared the sores up.

I had to double-dose my Arab four weeks apart, even though the recommendation is two weeks apart for bad cases. He is in his 20's, has gastric ulcers and I was just too much of a Wuss to dose him at a two-week interval.

Not only did his face clear up but so did the sweet itch on his belly line.

I haven't dosed him for two years. If he does start showing signs of NTW's I won't hestitate ----welll yes I will but I will double-dose him anyway because it works
     
    03-20-2013, 12:08 PM
  #16
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Walkin typed what I wasn't feeling patient enough to type at the time.
Same with my pony, I double dosed her last spring and summer and it made a world of difference. Same as Walkin I wasn't quit brave enough to double dose 2 wks apart. Think I went for 3 weeks. Last summer was the first in ages where she didn't rub her belly raw. This season I will be a little more aggressive with treating because she took it with no problems.

It started with an odd little sore on her face and then her neck that never would heal except in the dead of winter. I tried everything else, bathing, topicals, tons of fly sprays. Nothing else worked. The double dosing with ivermectin did. None of my other horses have ever been bothered like that.
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    03-20-2013, 03:17 PM
  #17
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Walkin typed what I wasn't feeling patient enough to type at the time.
Same with my pony, I double dosed her last spring and summer and it made a world of difference. Same as Walkin I wasn't quit brave enough to double dose 2 wks apart. Think I went for 3 weeks. Last summer was the first in ages where she didn't rub her belly raw. This season I will be a little more aggressive with treating because she took it with no problems.

It started with an odd little sore on her face and then her neck that never would heal except in the dead of winter. I tried everything else, bathing, topicals, tons of fly sprays. Nothing else worked. The double dosing with ivermectin did. None of my other horses have ever been bothered like that.
all but one of these have developed over the winter. Its been winter here for 6 months now with 3 feet of snow, and -30 some temperatures, so not sure if this would change your opinion
     
    03-20-2013, 06:45 PM
  #18
Green Broke
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all but one of these have developed over the winter. Its been winter here for 6 months now with 3 feet of snow, and -30 some temperatures, so not sure if this would change your opinion
It wouldn't change my opinion because that's what the sores look like.

"all but one" means something was already there, under the skin, and spread. It may be freezing out but the horse's body temperature is the same as in the summer months. The cold air does help keep the itching and rubbing down, but that's about it

Neck threadworms really is a misnomer. They are not worms in the sense we all think of worms.

NTW's are acutally microfiliae that the Midge fly leaves behind after biting the horse. They burrow under the skin and, yes indeedy, they do migrate.

There is credible documentation where they have migrated into the horse's eye and are one of the causes of Uveitis. NTW's in the eyes is not common but, it does happen
     
    03-20-2013, 07:16 PM
  #19
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Got midges/no-see-ums up there? I don't think you've got much to loose trying besides a few tubes of wormer.

I could find some sores on the pony year round. It got a lot better in the winter but that was because the midges weren't biting and adding to it.

Still winter here too. Got a foot yesterday and it's flurrying now.
     
    03-20-2013, 08:29 PM
  #20
Foal
So when you say double dose, give him 2 tubes at one time then another 2 tubes two weeks later?
     

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