Thanks for that info jaydee I don't think selenium is the problem, well I hope not.
The land in Northland is very low in selenium and magnesium which has to be applied when topdressing. Selenium only in trace amounts. If the sheep are excreating it then I have a delema. What will I use for the Sunday roast or spit BBQ. She who must be obeyed will go into withdrawls without her lamb roast now and again. In fact it is down right scary if one gets in the way of her and a shank end bone. Back the selenium. It has been applied to the properity a couple of years ago only in trace amounts, an ounce per ton of fert. We have very sandy soil so it tends to wash out very quickly.
Before her skin broke out there was the tick collar but befor that her coat was the picture of health, shining and what we call dappled when reflecting sun light, you could see all of the colours as she moved, and she new it.
Her over all health seems fine she has good hooves a little soft underneath but that is only because she has had shoes on, an item I am working on discarding. That is if I ever get to ride her any time soon. Bare back riding comes to mind but Stella has the habit, and perfected, the side step to go around the imaginary ant that is in her path. Right now she is outside the window standing tall, her strawberry mane is dirty and in need of a very good wash as is her tail, all a bit gritty. You know when she is cleaned, polished, and brushed to me she is quite impresive in a tarty kind of way.
The neem oil has not been applied for a while but is hard to wash out and tends to make the mane and tail sticky catching all of the dirt when she has a roll. A consideration for others but it did deal to the ticks.
Back to the selenium I do several test spots on the ground and see if I can detect any. The next time we see the vet I will have blood work done and that test will also be included. She is calm at the moment so I think Ill sneek out and surprise her. Halter in one hand shampoo in the other. She will spot me coming and take off. We play this game, catch me if you can knowing full well, I will run out of puff first. However I am human, male, and have a bigger and better brain than my mare. But she will have something to say about that, I'm sure.
Have you ever thought if a horse could talk what would it say to us. I can imagine stella as I walk into the paddock she would look at me through the hair covering her eyes not lift her head from the grass she is eating and with out any emotion say, bugger off.!!!
And with that I will.
Stan aka token