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post #1 of 26 Old 09-12-2020, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Raw honey for treating scratches - before and after pics!

I have been battling scratches on Harley's legs for about three years now. Seriously, nothing seems to make them go away. He has huge raw patches, summer, winter, doesn't matter. It's not even seasonal anymore. Until just recently.

I am using a different vet who is actually an equine vet (local vets are livestock vets). He comes from out of town and is a lot more $$$ but he cured Harley's chronic diarrhea last spring, and always seems to have new ideas that work. So I had him out to look at Harley and he suggested treating with raw honey and putting him on Omega Alpha's Immune Plus which is a natural herbal supplement. I only had to apply the honey for about 6 days - I would slather it on, cover with a large gauze pad, sometimes two, and use vet wrap to keep everything in place. I would wash his legs, allow them to dry, and change it daily. We have tried everything we could before, from sprays to washes to creams to home remedies without any luck. But WOW, did this ever work!

Here is his leg on August 27th and the same leg today, September 12th, so about two weeks later.
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Nice. I use honey on some wounds. Some raw. Occasionally medihoney.
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That looks like like what our paint would get in the early summer. Caught him scratching on trees until he’d be almost bleedIng. Maybe we’ll try that next time.
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Nice. I use honey on some wounds. Some raw. Occasionally medihoney.

We actually have four beehives on the property so this is our own pure, straight from the hive honey.
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We actually have four beehives on the property so this is our own pure, straight from the hive honey.
I was always told that’s the trick to using honey for anything - it HAS to be local honey. Can’t get much more local than your own farm

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Raw Honey is amazing - I used it when Minnie decided to puncture herself on a tree branch - I've never seen a wound look so well, and heal up so quickly, especially how she had punctured and torn herself.

I may have to look for some local raw honey - Toofine has started getting some patches on his legs and nose that when brushed bleed like crazy and get raw, I'm figuring they are scratches. Before they were always only on his hind legs, and manageable with washing and upkeep, but this is the first time he has bleed and gotten really irritated.

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We actually have four beehives on the property so this is our own pure, straight from the hive honey.
I have access to local honey. Some people worry about botulism in raw honey. So... I have to use what they are comfortable with.
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I have access to local honey. Some people worry about botulism in raw honey. So... I have to use what they are comfortable with.
If you look at organic farms, they are most likely to have raw, or unpasturized honey or ask if they have any not for human consumption and explain what you want to use it for. Not sure there would be much point in using pasturized honey as the medicinal paft of the honey may be killed off by the heat or chemical processes. You don't actually need that much - just a quarter of a cup will do you several applications.
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Is "Omega Alpha's Immune Plus" a liquid? It looks that way from the pictures. How do you administer it? I've never given my guys a liquid supplement or medicine...

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I use honey on my cuts as well as the horses. Beekeepers always used it too. Honey can sit in a jar for ages and nothing ever grows in it. Same goes with a cut. If you put honey on it before doing anything else to it, germs and bacteria will never grow in it and it leave either no scar or just a tiny line.

On myself, I put just enough to get inside the cut, then cover it with a bandage to keep from getting honey everywhere. Then I change it a few times and it is amazing how much your skin heals back up as it always leaves little evidence that you have been cut.

Joe my horse got his chest cut somehow. I smeared the honey on his chest, and the hair grew back dark like he had not been in the sun. It was amazing how the hair grew back over the cut.
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