I posted awhile back about the three gift horses that we have had since early September. Well, I had the vet out today (more on that later) and she confirmed that the two ponies are definitely bred and probably due in about 2 months (which fits in with what I was told). The paint mare is open (hallelujah!) She had me in laughing fits about all the ranch mares that the stud has impregnated all over the county...or at least all the ranches within his reach! Anyhow, here's the bad, horrible, awful, disastrous news. The POA gouged her shoulder this week. I scrubbed it down and realized with horror as the hair came off around it, that this was NOT a gouge. It looked like an abscess at the point of her shoulder. There was never any swelling that I noticed and I see these guys every single day. These horses have not gone anywhere since I moved them here at the end of August/beginning of September. I've kept the equi-spot fly stuff on them. But, yes, it was officially diagnosed today by the vet as pigeon fever, which is currently epidemic here in Humboldt County. The vet says there are over 50 confirmed cases in county right now, even out on remote ranches where horses haven't come or gone. She said the environmental conditions-late fall, drought conditions, create a perfect storm of a situation. Anyhow, I am absolutely bummed. I'm keeping her separate from the other two horses but they've been together throughout it bursting so I'm just going to watch them like a hawk. I'm flushing it with betadine. Anyone out there have any experience with this? I thought I was safe because I'd isolated my horses. So much for that.