Hello world! I am back-ish. Alternate titles for this post – Are you kidding me, why, horse, why?, Worst horse mother ever.
So the back story – last summer, Sissy developed a bald spot on her right hip. Looking at it, my fear was that when she laid down, she was struggling to get back up with her bum leg and scraping her hip against the ground. I did my best to doctor it but the spot just kept getting worse and larger. So one day, I slathered the spot in Corona. I mean Sissy looked like she had been claimed by the Uruk-hai (if Uruk-hai rode horses). I then put her in her stall and went to water the barn. By the time, I got to Sissy’s stall and peeked in, the Corona was gone. What the fuckity-fuck, I thought. Where did the Corona go? That stuff is so thick and doesn’t absorb. So I walked into her stall, looked around, and saw all the Corona rubbed off onto the post by her stall door. That little stinker! She had been itching herself raw on her hip and giving me a guilt attack.
So from then on, I changed my treatment plan. Sissy would receive a daily hose down of her hip, then let the hip dry, and then follow that by a generous spraying of Blu-Kote. Or as I call it, the purple. With this treatment, her hip slowly starting to heal up although I actually did catch her itching her hip a few times in her stall. Finally, hair started to grow back and by this spring, you almost can’t even tell.
However, this winter, Sissy did develop a hock sore on her left hock. She does lay on her left side, so this would be caused by difficulties in getting back up. I have been diligently spraying the sore with Blu-Kote or coating it with triple antibiotic. She did pop out an abscess earlier this year and was on a month treatment of Uniprim too.
Last week, I pulled Sissy out to groom her and her hock sore looked terrible. I started to poke at it a little bit and Sissy reacted like this was the best thing ever. Sissy is sensitive to bugs and generally an itchy horse who enjoys being groomed. Well, when I touched her hock, her reaction was ‘right there, OMG, so itchy, scratch it, scratch it now!’ She leaned into me, stretched her neck out, and began grooming anything in sight. When I stopped, she waved her leg in the air, not to kick me but to bring my attention to the fact that she wasn’t satisfied.
I talked to the barn owner, who wasn’t surprised that Sis would get a hock sore but was mystified by how itchy the sore was. I cleaned her hock more aggressively then I had been, taking off quite a bit of scabbing and hair. Then at the recommendation of the barn owner, I sprayed Banixx on the hock and also on her right hip, which I can tell she is rubbing again.
So last night, I went back to the routine and hosed off Sissy’s hock, which she enjoyed so much, she nearly knocked hubby off his feet trying to groom him. I also hosed her hip off as well. After time to dry, I liberally applied Banixx to both areas and asked the barn owner to have the vet take a peek at her hock the next time he is out. I’ve also ordered hock shields for Sissy.
Of course, this would all happen right before hubby and I are leaving to attend Rolex. Of course. Last time we went to Florida, Sissy popped out a huge abscess and needed treatment. I get it, Sis, you don’t want us to leave. Please stop removing large areas of fur to make yourself look terrible and for me to feel like the worst horse mother ever.
So I’m mystified. Is the sore being made worse by a fungus? Is Sissy having an allergic reaction to something? A barn friend commented that her hock almost looked like it was a chemical burn. Could she have reacted to the Blu-Kote or the triple antibiotic? But why is she itching her hip again then? Well, I will keep you posted on this mystery.