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post #1 of 3 Old 05-22-2009, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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is this what bot flies do????

So shadow had a sore on his nose, between his cheek bone and muzzle. i didnt think much of it at first, but the next day he had another one the size of a quarter about 2 or 3 inches away from the first one. i pulled the scabs off and cleaned it well, but i noticed another lump on his neck that was kind of solid a few days ago and that burst this morning. Ive seen bot eggs before, but never what they do next season. I just got shadow in febuary so im guessing he had a problem last summer... if that is the problem. he doesnt wear a halter in the pasture, theres no wooden fences to rub on and hes alone right now in the pasture.... anyone have any ideas on what else this could be (PLEASE, this is so gross! lol ) or if it really does sound like bot flies... and if so what can i do to make sure they dont get to his intestines and stomach and make things worse?? ( i gave him zimectrin about 2 months ago, and strongid 2 weeks ago)
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This is one of those cases where having a vet you can call comes in handy and I would suggest giving one a call. If you have a good relationship with him, it's possible he can suggest a course of action for you without having to come out.

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-22-2009, 08:52 AM
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Bots usually do their thing in the stomach and then are released through the manure. There is a parasite that cows get that do what you are describing I think they are called screw flies. Here is one article All About Worms I'm sure there are tons more out there if you want to google them. Was your horse pastured with cattle or sheep maybe?

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