The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 29, 2011
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    2,221

    Default Raw oozy wound....from flies/gnats?

    Last week (just as the flies and gnats started to really come out around here) I noticed a nasty, open sore/wound on my horse (who is out 24/7), under his belly, up by his sheath, about the size of a quarter. Gnats and flies were congrataing there. Gross.

    I cleaned it up with Betadine and put Swat on it and it started to clear up. But if I dont put it on daily its get nasty again.

    Are the flies causing this? Or is it something else and flies are just making it worse?

    Either way, is there something else I can do to prevent this, or is a daily dose of Swat my only/best option?

    Fly Spray alone down there doesn't seem to prevent it...
    Barn rat for life

    The Big Horse



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan. 17, 2008
    Location
    Dutchess County, New York
    Posts
    4,409

    Default

    I would guess it is a tick bite (meaning, the reaction to a tick bite) and the flies are congregating as they do with any broken skin. Yes, SWAT is the best thing to keep the flies off the wound while it heals.



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr. 29, 2011
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    2,221

    Default

    Hmm..I didn't consider ticks. That's a good point thanks.
    Barn rat for life

    The Big Horse



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug. 30, 2007
    Location
    Sunny Florida
    Posts
    808

    Default

    Try AluShield. It will stay longer than an ointment. And keeps flies and gnats away.
    "I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you..."



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar. 14, 2010
    Location
    Earlysville, Virginia
    Posts
    3,271

    Default

    Yep, ticks. Has happened to two of mine. Scabbed over and finally healed after daily applications of swat. Havent had any more since I frontlined!
    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep. 21, 2011
    Location
    California
    Posts
    291

    Default

    I get it from fly and gnat bites. That and that he scratches his belly while sitting, using his rear hoofs to scratch his belly. I will clean it then I found using human "off" works better than the fly spray.



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb. 14, 2012
    Posts
    52

    Default

    When we have similar issues we use the Cold Laser on the area of concern. Cold Laser treats the issues on a cellular level, causing the body to heal itself. Its faster and a less expensive way to keep your horse healthy.
    Check out our web site and feel free to email if you have any questions.
    www.Midatlanticequinerehabcenter.com



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec. 21, 2010
    Location
    Southern Maryland
    Posts
    648

    Default

    Knat can make a crusty round spot too. I second the Alushield. It coats over it and the bugs will leave it alone. It is dry so it doesn't cake up with dirt and crud like swat does.

    chicamuxen



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr. 29, 2011
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    2,221

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ERC View Post
    When we have similar issues we use the Cold Laser on the area of concern. Cold Laser treats the issues on a cellular level, causing the body to heal itself. Its faster and a less expensive way to keep your horse healthy.
    Check out our web site and feel free to email if you have any questions.
    www.Midatlanticequinerehabcenter.com
    Barn rat for life

    The Big Horse



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr. 29, 2011
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    2,221

    Default

    thanks everyone, for your input. I will go get some Alushield.
    Barn rat for life

    The Big Horse



  11. #11
    Join Date
    Sep. 25, 2008
    Location
    Hershey, PA
    Posts
    115

    Default

    My horse gets this... it's sweet itch (at least for my guy).. allergic reaction to gnats. I used a tea tree lotion and that seemed to help my guy tons. I started putting swat on his belly at the beginning of the spring to try and stop it from forming this year.

    EquiSearch has a good article about it: http://www.equisearch.com/horses_car...eqsweetitc378/



  12. #12
    Join Date
    Nov. 13, 2010
    Posts
    2,285

    Default

    My TB is prone to getting this kind of stuff. The last 2 summers it was on his belly under the girth area (thankfully he is retired). I scrubbed with Betadine a few times and then covered it with Swat every other day. If I skipped a few days the area would start to get oozy and gross again. It might've been originally caused by a tick bite but flies definitely kept the area irritated. So far it hasn't been a problem this year, although his sheath area has gotten gross somewhat. He also will sometimes get small areas on his chest that get oozy and buggy, but go away in a few days if I use Swat. I don't think these areas could be caused by ticks, he's never come up positive for Lyme and the only time I've had a horse react with swelling/oozing is with deer ticks.



Similar Threads

  1. Pine-Sol for ticks, flies and gnats?
    By mtngirl in forum Horse Care
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: Jul. 27, 2012, 11:29 AM
  2. Ear Gnats!
    By Sparky Boy in forum Horse Care
    Replies: 36
    Last Post: May. 28, 2012, 11:04 AM
  3. Replies: 12
    Last Post: May. 22, 2012, 11:54 AM
  4. Oozy bumbs around ankles?
    By ksetrider in forum Horse Care
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: Nov. 29, 2010, 05:01 PM
  5. what to use? open wound; keeping flies away
    By imagekeeper in forum Horse Care
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: May. 14, 2010, 10:52 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness