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        07-25-2013, 07:51 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    You might wanna google bot flys and warbles. They get in the skin and you can't see them except a breathing hole. Bleh. I just grossed myself out trying.
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        07-25-2013, 07:55 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Good luck, I really hope this works! 😷
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        07-25-2013, 09:51 PM
      #23
    Super Moderator
    I also think it looks like a warble/grub has been there.

    I would give her a heavy dose of Ivomec and then treat it with Underwoods and baking powder. This medicine is so good at drying things up and healing them from the inside out and it is great at keeping bugs and infection out. It is pretty hard to beat on something like this.
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        07-26-2013, 10:14 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
    I used to see this on cattle and I could get the larva out a few ways.. In this location, debriding the area and getting down into the hole by making it larger is what needs to be done IF there is a maggot down there.

    FWIW my cattle NEVER had maggots around the opening etc. It was ONE large larva in there.. along with pus etc. I have grabbed the head with tweezers and gently pulled them out. Gotta be careful or the head can come off.

    If you can be certain the larva (maggot) is out of the wound, then it will heal but you need to keep flushing it. As long as the larva is in there (if there is one) it will NOT heal.
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        07-26-2013, 12:29 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    Hahahaha.. that is such a disgusting description.. Love you smrobs.. It takes a person around cattle to appreciate that post!!!

    Most non cattle folks likely lost their cooooookieeeesss... LOL
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        07-26-2013, 12:39 PM
      #26
    Trained
    Ewwww, ewwwww, kill it already!!!!! Dang, I am so itchy right now!
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        07-26-2013, 01:56 PM
      #27
    Showing
    LOL, yeah, Elana, you get to see some lovely nasty stuff working around cattle. My favorite part is lancing and cleaning abscesses .

    Do that once or twice to a huge one and you'll never look at white sausage gravy the same way again.
         
        07-26-2013, 05:11 PM
      #28
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    LOL, yeah, Elana, you get to see some lovely nasty stuff working around cattle. My favorite part is lancing and cleaning abscesses .

    Do that once or twice to a huge one and you'll never look at white sausage gravy the same way again.

    AND You will never get that smell out of your mind. ICK!!!

    The wound on the OP's horse looks much like one I had on a mare I had years ago. On my mare, it was just left of her Withers. It showed up sort of out of the blue and grew quickly. It looked JUST like the picture and it ended up being about 2 inches deep and full of eggs. Talk about Gross. It apparently itched like crazy and I am admittedly, a Picker. I picked at the wound and opened it up. The mare let me do that without a fuss. After I cleaned it really really good, I flushed it with a mix of peroxide and water and it began to heal quickly. I repeated the clean out daily. If I never see one like that again, it will be too soon. Good luck to you on your horse.
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        08-04-2013, 10:18 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    Thought I'd give an update! Thank you for everyone who gave suggestions. It left me paranoid, but I think better able to asses the vet's diagnosis.

    The first vet did still think it was rainrot even after coming out, looking, and cleaning it. I didn't agree with her at all. Got some antibiotics for Cally at least & some fungal/anti-bacterial shampoo. Now I did agree with her that if it happened to turn out to be something bacterial we didn't want to cut into it & therefore risk spreading the bacteria further.

    I also had the barn's farrier check it out. Also said he didn't think it was rainrot. Which I just now realize I failed to mention she did have two small bumps on her back in the exact spot this is at. We thought that maybe the bites had itched pretty bad, she kept rolling to scratch them, they either burst (or ya know how kids keep scratching mosquito bites & they turn into little craters?) or got irritated - then infected from flies getting at the thing. He said if there were bugs in there to try a power pack wormer.

    Then had another vet look at her. She wasn't exactly sure what it was, but said if it was from bugs it would be slimy. Aside from those pictures with the puss - it never was slimy. I hadn't been coming out to the barn due to work & had another girl riding her so didn't see this when it first started, but cleaned it EVERY day once I got back to the barn regularly. Never once thought it was slimy.

    BUT the good new is that it's getting better. The antibiotics are helping. I'm not so sure about the shampoo, but I still use it since it should help cleaning it off. The edges are starting to come in and I've seen no puss.
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        08-04-2013, 10:20 PM
      #30
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
    you might wanna google bot flys and warbles. They get in the skin and you can't see them except a breathing hole. Bleh. I just grossed myself out trying.
    I did check these out too. They don't look how this did in the beginning. I remember feeling all over those bumps & never felt any holes or open spots. They felt hard like calcification on the spine or something. They're obviously not there anymore.

    I don't know perhaps it was a blown abscess?
         

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