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Hi Everyone,
I have a 2.5 yr. old buckskin that developed a sore on her neck last mid summer. She constanly scratches it with her rear hoof and keeps it open. I had her into the vet. and they did some scrapes and nothing was found. The vet gave her Tucoprim powder and had us put Otomax on topicaly. It seemed to have started to get a little better ad now it is back to where it was. we have tried blue coat, red coat, vetrycin, ..... Do not know what next.?.? I have a few pics attached.







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Hmm... Try taking her to the vet? If what your vet did didn't work and he/she won't reevaluate it, try another vet.
 

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Hi Everyone,
The vet gave her Tucoprim powder and had us put Otomax on topicaly. It seemed to have started to get a little better ad now it is back to where it was.
When was it 'better'? Prior to the cold and snow?

Some topical treatments are not as effective in the cold.
 

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It was at the start of the cold season when we used the antibiotics and the Otomax topical and started to look a little better and then went back to the same. She was seeming a little lathargic before the antibiotics and after a few days snapped right out of that but the itching continued.
 

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look up sarcoid,my son's horse had it and he would rub it off on posts and in his stall.my vet had to inject it in 4 places at one time,and it dried up and the hair came back.
 

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If at all possible, try getting a blanket with a neck cover and shaving the area around it, so that it might prevent spreading and make treatment easier... If it does have something to do with ice, a blanket with a neck cover would stop it...
 

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Looks like it could be ringworm. You can try bleach water or any athlete's foot/antifungal prep like Tinactin or Lotrimin. Since it's winter, I'd go with a spray powder instead of a cream or ointment, if you choose to go the antifungal/athlete's foot route. If you do decide to try bleach water, dilute it 10:1 (10 parts water to 1 part bleach) and yes, it will sting a bit. At any rate, good luck.
 

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It is not from the ice, it started in summer, it has not spread on her or to any other horses. I am afraid she wouls just rip off a blanket trying to itch at it ??
 

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I also vote possible sarcoid. Crest toothpaste supposedly helps dry them up. Its the fluoride in it. Ive seen proof it works on verified sarcoids. I would biopsy it.
 

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You can order Pink Lady online. It's a little pricey, but it works well for wounds like that. Some of the itchiness could be from the wound drying out (which is usually desireable). Pink Lady is a liquid ointment that will help soothe the itchiness and has zinc and whatnot to promote healing. It also works wonders on sunburn!
 

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with trying all these remedies,check to see if they let the hair come back the same color it was before.
 

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In our case, when we used the Pink Lady, the hair came back the same color. It actually grew back in pretty quickly...
 

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The itching seems to be from it drying. But she keeps breaking it back open by scrathing it thus starting over again. it did start to shrink considerably with hair growing back until she scrathed it open again. It seems every time we touch it to put something on it or sray it with something she starts scratching. If you even rub her cheek or neck a foot away from it she wants to scratch it, kind of like a dogs tickle spot. I tried lotrimin and she tore it right open, must have really stung. Does not seem to be any growth under it so I do not know if it would be a sacroid, or do they all not get growths? Not many vets in the area and have not been able to contact ours yet. AHHHGGG!! The thing that puzzles me is it has not spread, just stays localized to that one spot???????

Thank You for all the comments and suggestions, please keep them coming!!
 

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the sarcoid on my son's horse did not spread either,and it didn't have a growth under it.my vet injected it underneath the scab to get straight to the infection.
 

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First and foremost, completely clip the area so that there is a good "fire road" of healthy skin around the area. This will allow you to clean it and care for it. I would wash it throughly with betadine scrub 2X a day and see if that alone is helpful.

This may be a form of cancer OR it may be a fungus OR it may even be parasitic. Itching is a low level pain reaction. I would first go back to using a good wormer that would kill thread worms. It is probably NOT thread worms but that is the easiest thing to treat for. IF it is thread worms, the horse may itch more intensely and the worms die off.

If that does not help, you are going to have to go back to the vet and try to get to the bottom of this. Deep tissue biopsies may have to be taken and sent to a veterinary college for diagnosis. Ultimately the area may need to be excised to healthy tissue.. but a proper diagnosis is the first step.. and getting to that means you need to clear the area of hair and debris and keep it clean.
 
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