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    08-30-2007, 10:39 AM
  #1
Foal
Summer Sores driving me crazy! Warning icky photo

Does anyone have any tips for handling summer sores. This is the second year in a row my horse has a bad one. Last year it was on the bulb of his heel, and it took almost 6 months to completely heal. Now he has one on the bottom of his cheek bone. We are keeping it wrapped (which is fun with a face wound) and keeping flies off it, and giving ivermectin every 10 days (all per the vet). Any other tips?

If you are lucky enough to live where summer sores are not an issue, they are wounds that start out just as regular little nicks or cuts, then flies lay eggs into them and the larvae is what causes the wound to worsen. The normal treatment is to give them ivermectin every week to 10 days to kill the larvae and keep it wrapped to keep flies off it. There is only a certain type of fly that causes it, and I think the fact that my barn used to be a dairy barn has something to do with it. We are moving him next week so hopefully that will help. I don't have a photo of my horse's wound, but here is one I found on google images:

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    09-01-2007, 02:30 AM
  #2
Started
What are you wrapping it with? Vet wrap and what?..... ok...hhmmm the men in this forum are not going to like this at first but when my old stallion cut him self on his leg really badly and we had to keep it dry and away from flies....instead of goss I took a always maxi pad and vet wrap......yes a always maxi pad...if you think of it...oh never mind but it works...i found that lucky's wund healed 10 times faster by doing this. It drew out musture and kept it dry....i ALWAYS have some in my vet kit now
     
    09-01-2007, 08:48 AM
  #3
Foal
The maxi pad is not a bad idea - I might try that! I always used them for padding hoof absesses but never thought about using one here. I am having a heck of a time keeping a dressing on it. Since it is on his cheek, the dressing just does not want to stay put. The fly mask holds part of it on, but the front part that is not covered by the mask keeps peeling off. I am going to see about getting one of those summer weight Robinhoods to hold the whole thing in place. At least we got him moved away from that dairy barn yesterday! The flies are nowhere near as bad at the new barn!
     
    09-08-2007, 12:50 AM
  #4
Foal
baking soda

I myself has used pads for treating wounds. They work great, big fan of the diaper doublers. I have also had my fare share of injures and hard to treat wounds. I have found that using a mixture of baking soda and water and using it as a paste helps heal and it may help detur the flys because it wouldn't be so fleshy. It also helps get rid of proud flesh if you ever run into that. Also have you ever seen the fly masks that cover all the way down the nose? Or maybe a absorbine fly bonnet, those cover most of the face and jaw area. Hope that you horse gets better soon.

Becky
     
    09-11-2007, 03:38 AM
  #5
Weanling
Kansas twister don't worry I do exactly the same there great for spots that would be hard to pad and wrap otherwise
     
    09-11-2007, 03:48 AM
  #6
Weanling
Yep I do that too, I only buy the cheap brand. But yeah it does the job!!
     
    09-11-2007, 04:37 AM
  #7
Started
I always use then when ever it's posable
     
    09-11-2007, 04:42 AM
  #8
Foal
I can't believe no one knew....
     
    09-11-2007, 06:09 AM
  #9
Weanling
Wow! I live in the Huntsville Tx area and my horses have never had anything like that! If yours is anything like the pic, I think I might add some antibiotic ointment and also some Penicillin injection. Looks infected.
     
    09-13-2007, 12:33 PM
  #10
Foal
Update - sore is doing much better! I still have not taken a pic, but I will try to get one. I kept it wrapped for a few days, but the tape started causing his skin to breakdown, so I tried just using the Maxi pads under one of those mesh summer slinky hoods that Robinhoods makes (I highly recommend these BTW). That did not work for long becuase if he rubbed it the pads shifted. Sooo, I started cleaning it twice a day and spraying it with "silver spray" (not sure what the real name of this is, we call it silver spray because it is silver colored but I think it actually has aluminum in it). I then put SWAT around the outside to keep flies away. This has worked GREAT! My vet was out yesterday floating teeth and said it looked great and keep up the good work.

We did keep an antibiotic cream on it for the first week or so, but it never really was infected. The spray is working great now. I did pull a scab off and stuck to the back of it was a couple of the dead larvae - gross but kinda cool. We are still doing the ivermectin every 10 days to make sure they stay dead! Thanks everyone for the advice!
     

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