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post #1 of 3 Old 08-18-2011, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Summer Sores or something else??

Hey guys, I am at a loss of what to do for my horse! He's an 8 year old Palomino AQHA. In April I noticed his sheath was swollen really bad so I got the vet out there and he decided Waylon was infected with habronema. So immediately he said to go on a regimen of Ivermectin every 2-3 weeks and he gave us some cream to put on the sores on his sheath and we should see some improvement. Well 3 weeks went by and nothing really helped so I had him out there again and he shot steroids into the sores themselves and for a couple days things started looking really good. Then about 2 weeks after that I noticed a small patch of skin on Waylon's face, right near his cheek bone, was off and his eye was tearing like crazy. So, just in case, I put some of the same medication and fly repellent on the sore. The sore on his face grew and his sheath still looked awful so I called the vet once again and suggested a biopsy. They did the biopsy and said there wasn't evidence of a parasite still in the lesions, but that it was quite common and usually manifest after a habronema infection. The vet said to stay on our worming regimen and they should clear up. Well, now it's mid August and Waylon's little place on his face is now stretched almost the whole length of his cheek bone. His sheath is still swollen with the sores. I'm just curious if 1) there are any other remedies you have found and 2) if you have any suggestions on what else it could be. Thanks so much!
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-18-2011, 08:28 PM
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I am no expert but a friend of mine did have a horse with a summer sore and the Vet told her to use the Ivermectin - she was using Ivermectin in a rotational worming program - anyhow, she used two doses of Ivermectin and it didn't work like they hoped so the Vet gave her some kind of paste (can't remember what) but it also had DMSO and an antibiotic in it - she put the paste on the lesion and it did begin to heal. You may want to ask your Vet about the paste and see if it's something he's familiar with. That just may help your horse. Best of luck!
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-18-2011, 08:56 PM
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Do you have pictures by any chance? Of both, if possible. I've got just a *little* experience with summer sores (or Florida sores as they're known here) :roll:
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