Originally Posted by whitetrashwarmblood
We have a 40 acre pasture we've been trying to fence in to put our horses in. The pasture hasn't been used for years, but we do go down there to ride in it. Just recently, our horses have been getting these bites/sores with oozing clearish/goldenyellow serum. The vet came out, and took a look and said since every horse that has been down there has it it either has to be a bug or plant of some kind. They all have these bites/sores on their chest, private areas, under bellies, and some random spots. The worst ones have swelled up to the size of my palm. He said to not pick the scabs off, and just keep them clean and eventually they'll go away. So now we're going to have to bushhog the entire pasture. Which we were probably going to have to do anyway. Does anyone know what this could have been?
We bushhog 23 acres, so I know 40 acres is a lot of hours. Best get started soon and I do NOT mean that with any malice
Depending on the lay of your land, it will be best to section it off into two or three sections because there's a lot of bushhogging hours there
1. Yellow/oozing/crusty stuff tick bites and allergic reactions. Some worse than others depending on which horse.
2. Swelled up the size of your palm -- could still be tick bites (my Arab will swell from them to half the size of a golf ball sometimes), but more likely spider bites.
3. Other marks can, and most likely do, include allergic reaction from Midge fly bites (sweet itch) or other forms of "no-see-ums".
If my vet told me what your vet told you, I'd smack his hind-end from my farm clear back to his office. He was pretty blase and that's ok but should've gone into a little more detail than what he did because
If those bites get infected on their lower bodies, especially up under their legs, they can possibly get cellulitis and that is a vet bill, plus a lot of time cold hosing the horse.
There are a gazillion home remedies and animal friendly
(not human shampoos for this kind of stuff) shampoos that can be used to clean the horses up and treat them.
For now, I would wash every horse in a povidine shampoo. Rinse thoroughly. If the scabs will come off without effort, take them off. If the scabs are "fighting" coming off, leave them on because those aren't ready to peel off and will leave an open bleeding sore for the flies to get on.
There are many topicals that will work. Some folks swear by MTG, I hate it for this particular application. I have read on other forums where the sulphur in MTG actually caused a worse allergic reaction that resulted in a vet bill.
My cheap preference is a 50-50 mix of either hemerhoid cream and diaper rash cream, or hemerhoid cream and SWAT.
SWAT and diaper rash cream both have healing properties, repel moisture, and keep the flies off.
After you put the creams on, you can then lightly spray those areas with fly spray. I do not spray the tail dock but I do saturate the swishy part of everyone's tails.
Depending how many horses you have this may take a long time to do every day and they may go out looking like painted War horses but, IMHO, it is the bet approach for now -- especially until you get the pasture bush-hogged.
Fly masks will help too in case you have anyone with runny eyes from the sun because the flies will love to land on that and cause the horse grief.
I have also put three of my four horses on people 1,000 I.U. Vitamin E capsules. The metabolic horse and the Arab get 2, twice daily to boost their immune systems.
The third horse gets one, twice daily. So far, I THINK it's helping but I will have a better answer when late summer arrives with the high heat/humidity that aggravates their sweating that aggravates the bites, and rain rot from those temps.
Be prepared to deal with these issues on a daily basis until fall when the weather cools down. The ticks will die down for awhile but will often "rear up" again towards the end of summer.
I hope this helps you some and good luck
You sure have my sympathy and empathy