I just adopted/rescued a 7 yr old THB gelding(he was a promising race horse that ran his last race in Nov 07) that is about 300 lbs underweight, you can see every bone in his body, I got his coggings took yesterday and the vet was appaled at his condition, we are holding off on any other type of treatment such as shots, foot work ect, as we don't think he can take the stress yet,the vet agrees with me to contuine feeding him as I am and we will see how he does, I am feeding him 3 scoops of MG 12-8 with 1/2 cup corn oil and a flake of hay 2 times a day, he is turned out in a 25 acre field with 3 other horses. The lady I bought him from rode him every day (yes in this condition) and was a rather large woman, he has saddle sores and saddle rot(from leaving the saddle on him all weekend when they went for weekend rides, in the southern TX heat)the vet said he had never seen anything like it and was unsure how to treat it other than spraying it with bleach to kill the bacateria, I am uncomfortable with that, and have been grooming him with a cool wash cloth, the smaller sores I have been treating with blue wound does anyone have any ideas on how to treat this...BTW this is the first time I have been around horses in 35 yrs...yea I know I have bit off more than I can chew at this point but I just could not let this horse die. He is such a loveable horse even after all the abuse he has had, he will come up to me and give me lovin's and will let others touch him if I am there with him, I refuse to put a saddle on him until he is totally healed and has at least 250 lbs back on him any advice you have would be great.
rosemary oil or tea tree oil will kill the bacteria. no no no bleach as it will hurt him. then try some vit. e oil or a aloe mix with d,a & e . GNC has this and it is fantastic. also the vit. c lotion. also use a citronella oil instead of bug spray cause this will sting anything open. hope this helps. bless your kindness. enjoy peace and happiness.
If he was mine, I would scrub the piss out of those sores with providine iodine, or bedidine. Yes it will probably hurt, but it will clean out anything from the sores, and will stop anything from festering. There is a blue/purple liquid, I forgot the name that works well to dry that stuff up. If you go to your local tack shop and ask, they would probably know what I am talking about.
Swat works great for keeping the flys from the sores, and I have a natural spray that I use for my dogs, but it is made for horses. It is called marigold spray. It won't sting.
Good luck, and i am sure he will give you years of love
thank you for your response~ I need all the advice I can get on this poor guy~
I thought about iodine, but wondered if I should spray him with proxcide first? I have been using Blue wound (the blue stuff) on the smaller wounds like barbwire cuts and whip wounds and it seems to be working, but the saddle rot coveres a good part of his back and sides should I dilute the Iodine and gradually make it full strenth?
You are not using strait Iodine. Go to the store and buy the scrub for people. It has a soapy texture to it, and rise throughly. Scrub with guaze just like the ER doctors do at the hospital. If you can find a extremly soft bristled brush and he will tolerate it use it. Even a childs toothbrush will work.
This is all stuff I learned from the track. Feel free to Pm me if you have any questions
LOL that was fun...sent hubby to get the stuff to bath Logan, he came back with the iodine, a bag of apples, Starbucks coffee, and 2 baby hair brushes,and a tube of triple antibotic ointment (at least he was trying) Logan was in heaven getting the scrubbing, I thought it would burn him, but he seemed to like it... thats a whole lot of horse to scrub with a baby brush...we went ahead and scrubbed his whole body and painted all the wounds with Blue wound, some of the areas around his withers bled which concerned me...how often should I do this? thanks agian for the advice you have given, Logan and I appericate it.