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post #4471 of 29437 Old 07-25-2012, 12:24 AM
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I've learned from my farrier that some vets and farriers in these parts of the state aren't really comfortable with digging into the abscess tract. They call him all the time to dig them out. Foxhunter, in this regard I guess I'm lucky in that our vet is also a farrier and isn't afraid to dig; and our other vets use my farrier to dig, so the abscesses will drain from below whenever they can find the pocket.

I had one experience with an abscess in my mare from a stone bruise (fingers crossed that it's my last). In that instance, our former vet was near retirement, a solid country vet with horse experience, and bringing along a new partner. He covered the sole of the foot with some purple liquid antibiotic, let it seep in (holding foot's sole upward). When he freshened the sole, he could follow the purple track right to the abscess. Then he just kept digging slowly until the hit the pocket of pus. The young vet had started out the exam but hadn't been able to locate the abscess with the hoof testers. He also wasn't watching when the senior put the purple stuff on. When senior vet found the pocket and showed him, the junior thought it was almost magic but he was really upset with himself. It wasn't until after they were finishing up the trip that senior let junior in on the secret of the purple magic potion. The horse drained from below, I dug it out every day and packed it, and she healed nicely.

PS - Foxhunter, I noticed you called Stan a Kiwi again. You know he takes exception to that, naughy lady! Maybe he won't notice.

CW, waiting to hear how your doctor's visit went, to get the paperwork completed? I'm excited for you and hope everything is a snap to complete!

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post #4472 of 29437 Old 07-25-2012, 02:08 AM
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PS - Foxhunter, I noticed you called Stan a Kiwi again. You know he takes exception to that, naughy lady! Maybe he won't notice.


Don't be silly - of course he will notice! He's tough enough and old enough to know that "Sticks and stones might break your bones but names can never hurt you!"

I like to think that as a follower of the great game, Rugby, the Kiwi, is not an insult but an honour!

Funny how very few ever refer to the Brits as "Tommies" and how most Americans feel that the nickname "Yank" is an insult (I do know that the southerners were never Yankees!

Americans are a lot easier to insult than the souther hemisphere dwellers or, come to that, the Canadians. Guess it is the British humour rubbing off from the 'Empire' days.
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post #4473 of 29437 Old 07-25-2012, 02:17 AM
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Ladytrails,I did spot it. Foxhunter. Again I have to put this thread right. A KIWI is a flightless bird generally wearing a mini skirt and can run when required.
On the other hand (another country song) I look nothing like a Kiwi bird more like a token male at present, it was a hard day at work. A new offender for me to look after for the next 12 months decided he was going to give me my pedegree. He went on for 10 minutes and never repeated himself. Very impressive, lets see how he feels after I prosecute him.

Farriers There is a very easy way to get your farrier on site early in the morning and every time. Do what we do.
Tell him breakfast is at 07-30am Bacon, eggs, breakfast saugage, tomatoes and mushrooms. And ask him if he has his coffee black or with cream. Works every time with one of our farriers. He is the best fed person in Dargaville.

I will take photos of Stella's bald spot and post in the weekend, maybe some one will come up with a treatment. It is an ellergy, the iritation causes the hair to come out, the skin is scally, and itches. I have even considered free and lovely shampoo.

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post #4474 of 29437 Old 07-25-2012, 02:31 AM
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Now that is a face, my red head, and has an attitude to match but no malace in her.

I have a couple of months to get to the bottom of her skin issues. This was taken before the ailment appeared. Just needed to skite a little. You can see why I refer to her as a tart. In a nice way
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Cacowgirl stole a carrot from me while I was no one, even your friends will steal from when you arent looking!

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post #4476 of 29437 Old 07-25-2012, 08:23 AM
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Stan, can you get Vetericyn in NZ? It comes in a spray gel or liquid, a bit pricey compared to other stuff, but since it works quickly and well, it saves $ in the long run. I've had excellent luck with it for all manner of skin infections and oozes ranging from sunburn to chemical burn (thin-skinned TWH doesn't get along with some fly sprays), and Pseudomonas skin infection that was resistant to all but 2 of the veterinarian's antibiotics. It also works well on cuts and other deeper skin wounds - Clinton Anderson is now endorsing it after using it on one of his animals. I also used it successfully on a baby lamb 2 years ago, with a nasty ooze in its eye, as there is a version of it labeled for ophthalmic use in cows and other animals. One treatment did the trick.

It is a simple remedy but will make the skin inhospitable to fungi and bacteria, is non-irritating to the horses and seems to soothe. Best of all, it doesn't seem to make things worse by being just another strong chemical for them to react to, or to dry the skin out further. Let me know if you would like for us to send you a small bottle. It is about $30 US for 8 ounces and $35-40 for 16 ounces.

Stella is a beautiful animal, I like the spunky look in her eye!
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Thanks for the remedy! I will try that ...
With Grace: you just can't trust anyone when it comes to carrots these days.
Country Woman: Are you making progress with the lessons? I pray every night that you will be horseback soon, you know. :)
Stan: She reminds me of Patsy, the same look.

Well it's a long day. The vet will be out at 1:30 to look at Patsy. I was supposed to be performing tonight at the fair and Monday night at a rodeo.
I am grooming my teammates horse today to pass the time.
I have her clipped, and her socks whitened and will bathe her later when it warms up.
Then I will trailer her to the fairgrounds for Sherry and watch everyone ride.
On the up side....I am going to bring Miss Sophie and see how she handles the commotion.
Great schooling opportunity.

Have a great day and cross your fingers for me. (sorry if I sound sorry for myself there...) been practicing this long drill for months and havent got to perform it yet.

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post #4479 of 29437 Old 07-25-2012, 09:37 AM
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Susan, that's great. I think taking her is a wonderful idea. Everything is a lesson, right?

Ladytrails, I have just started using Vetrycin and love it. It's expensive but it doesn't take very much to do the trick.

WithGrace, (and everyone else) I'm just catching on to the carrot game so I steal them any time I find them! Sorry in advance! I'm a competitive thing. LOL

Stan, lovely horse. I'm big on what's in the eyes and she's a good girl with tons of dignity. I love it.

Ok, that's it for me today. Off to go job hunting. Good day everyone.
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post #4480 of 29437 Old 07-25-2012, 10:07 AM
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With Grace-I'm sorry-when I see a carrot for the taking-I click as quick as I can, then I saw it was you, & that I had gotten it-I was mortified! Half the time, it doesn't work,but that time it did.I lose a lot of mine to the carrot bandit-usually just after I've added some. Weird game!
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