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THIS AND THAT FOR YOUR HUMP DAY… Update on Kate, sarcoid cure ideas and beet pulp pellet rinsing.






I wanted to let you all know that Kate (the gasoline injected horse) is doing as well as can be expected.

She is home.  The vet did have to come out again to tend to a new eruption of gas in her neck, but otherwise, she is healing.  The Docs are trying to wean her off of the Banamine and pain killers – which makes her a bit cranky.  So, they’ve been extending her meds a bit, just to keep her comfortable.

Here are pics of her wounds as they are draining and healing.  Even though this looks awful, it actually looks good according to the vets.  The gasoline rises to the surface and needs to get out… so it creates and abscess-like welt.  The Docs open the welt, clean the dead tissue and let it drain.  This has happened all up her neck and on her face.

Kate after cleaning 1

The rubber tubing keeps the wound open so it can drain.

Kate after cleaning 3

Nice and clean.

Kate after cleaning 2

There are several holes like this up and down her neck and on her face…

OTHER RECOMMENDED SARCOID CURES.

Many of you wrote in with sarcoid cures that had worked with your horses…  I have not tried any of these but I wanted to pass them along in case any of you needed this info pronto!

1)  Zovirax Cream – This is for humans and by prescription only.  It is basically exactly what I’m doing without having to crush the pills and make a paste!  Zovirax is Acyclovir.  So, Zovirax cream is a herpes/shingles cream.

I think this would be worth a try if you can get your hands on it.  I wish I had the cream.  Much easier than mashing huge pills!

If you try this, let me know if it works for your horse!

2)  Xxterra ointment – I have not used this and had never heard of it… but you can get it at Valley Vet!  I’ve cut and pasted what VV says about it.

Readers said they had tried this on the sarcoids and it worked... you can get it at Valley Vet.  Click image to go to the page.

Readers said they had tried this on the sarcoids and it worked… you can get it at Valley Vet. Click image to go to the page.

3)  Turmeric paste – Again, I have not tried this and know nothing about Turmeric paste on sarcoids… But, if you’ve tried this, please let me know if it has worked for you!

 

DO YOU RINSE YOUR BEET PULP PELLETS?

I have happily used soaked beet pulp pellets for years now.  Love it!  The horses love it.  Great source of fiber and it also helps clean the IT track of sand if you make it sloppy enough.  Wet is better!

I use Standlee but you can get beet pulp pellets at just about any feed store.

I use Standlee but you can get beet pulp pellets at just about any feed store.

Well… Tess is fattening up and I couldn’t think of one thing to take away in her diet so she wouldn’t plump up.  Her hay is soaked, and she barely gets any other food other than the powder dusting of Cool Stance.

The Founder Warrior suggested I ‘rinse’ the beet pulp pellets before soaking them.

Why?   They aren’t supposed to have any sugars on them.

She told me that the beet itself has starch and sugars naturally and that I should rinse the pellets to make them less fattening (and sugary… since she is IR and Cushing!)  for Tess.

Hmmmmmm.  I thought all you had to do was soak them… but there is residual, natural sugars in there.

So, I rinsed before I soaked (used a collander).  For 2 weeks.

And she lost weight.

Wow.

Same amount of pellets, just rinsed.

The Founder Warrior was right.

I went to the Standlee Hay company’s website to look up the ingredients of beet pulp pellets and found this:

Aha!  What is a secondary molasses?

Aha! What is a secondary molasses?

So, if you want to keep your soaked beet pulp pellet eating horse on the thin side and absolutely sugar free, rinse before you soak!

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MAMA TESS’ TREASURE CHEST IS OPEN … AGAIN!

I’m opening up the treasure chest for the next several weeks because maggots, the Founder Warrior and the vet visits insist that I do…

Sold!

I have two necklaces today…

1)  ONE OF A KIND, HAND MADE RUSTIC STERLING OVAL, GREEN TURQUOISE, AVENTURINE, AMBER BEADS AND STERLING HANDMADE FLOWER CHARM WITH AGATE CLOSURE.

I love this.  I can see this on a red head or blonde or darker skinned person.  I LOOOVE the handmade sterling oval and the mix-match of gemstone beads.  So pretty and unusual.  I get comments whenever I wear it.  It looks beautiful and striking when worn.

Sold!  Thank you, Dana!

 

This piece is so unusual with all different types of gem stone beads and handmade sterling silver pendants and flowers.  Really striking!

This piece is so unusual with all different types of gem stone beads and handmade sterling silver pendants and flowers. Really striking!

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Everyone comments on the handmade sterling oval centerpiece (you can attach other charms to this using lobster clasps). Great for a redhead!

2)  ST. FRANCY PENDANT ON A CHAIN!

St. Francy is helping MT today!    This is a St. Francy necklace on a sturdy, 16″ sterling chain.

TO PURCHASE THIS ST. FRANCY ON A CHAIN, CLICK HERE!  $38

(To see other St. Francy pendants, click here!)

If the link doesn’t work, this has sold…. BUT… email me because I have many chains and I could make one up special for you, too!

ST. FRANCY pendant on a 16" chain.

ST. FRANCY pendant on a 16″ chain.

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CAN HUMAN HERPES/SHINGLES MEDICINE CURE A SARCOID? My experiment.






Some of you might remember that we discovered a sarcoid on Mama Tess’  tail at about the same time that her first laminitis episode began.

I had the surgeon at her equine hospital take a look and he said it was a benign sarcoid.

I had heard tha tCalcium Montmorillonite clay and Bentonite Clay worked on sarcoids…

So, at that time, I started using Calcium Montmorillonite clay and SORE NO MORE’S POULTICE (includes Bentonite clay) on it every other day.  I alternated because I felt that the CM clay burned her a bit.  I used the Sore No More Poultice because it had Bentonite clay in it – but it also had other soothing herbs – and that felt better to me..

After several weeks, I noticed that the sarcoid was definitely more scabby and had shrunk a bit.

But, as Tess’ illness became more severe,  I got sidetracked and forgot about her sarcoid…

This ugly thing is Tess' sarcoid on the side of her tail dock - about 3 inches down from the top.

This ugly thing is Tess’ sarcoid on the side of her tail dock – about 3 inches down from the top.

MY NEW EXPERIMENT… couldn’t hurt, could help.

A few days ago while grooming her intensely, I noticed her sarcoid again.

And then, like a thunderbolt, I remembered that My Old Tymey vet from long ago told me to put human herpes medicine on a sarcoid to “fix it in two weeks!”

Somehow, I just remembered that…

And, luckily for me (sort-of), I get Shingles so I have Valacyclovir on hand.  Yay!  I can experiment.

(I’ve had Shingles since I was 6 years old – I know, I know, kids aren’t supposed to get it, but they do.  Anyway, I used to take Acyclovir and Valtrex but now they call it Valacyclovir.)

OK, so I decided to give it a try with MT!

Right now, her sarcoid has regrown to where it was in the beginning – in fact, I think it is a bit larger.

Here is what I am doing for my experiment:

1)  I crushed 2 tablets of Valacyclovir and mixed with a tiny bit of water to make a paste.  (Don’t use too much water or you will ruin the paste texture needed for this poultice to stick.)

2)  I washed off her sarcoid and dried it well.

3)  I applied the poultice all over the dome of the sarcoid.  Be sure to get underneath and all around.

Here we have the paste I made from 2 Valacylcovir tablets,

Here we have the paste I made from 2 Valacylcovir tablets,  I spread it all under and over the sarcoid.  It was difficult for me to hold her hair and take a photo at the same time.  And, she was eating so she kept moving…

4)  I let it sit for 48 hours.

After 48 hours, the poultice had dried hard.

After 48 hours, the poultice had dried hard.

5)  I washed the very cakey poultice off with warm water – making sure not to pull off the skin of the sarcoid as I went.

6)  Make notes on the shape and size of the sarcoid.  (Today, the sarcoid surface was red and looked a bit angry.  It looks as if the dome has reddened.)

After I carefully washed off the initial poultice of Valacyclovir, the sarcoid looked a bit red and angry.  I reapplied the poultice.

After I carefully washed off the initial poultice of Valacyclovir, the sarcoid looked a bit red and angry. I reapplied the poultice.

7)  Re-apply.

After the first 48 hours, I can honestly say that I can see a difference in the surface of the sarcoid.  It looks as if the medicine is eating away at the dome wall.

I will keep you all posted!

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MAMA TESS’ TREASURE CHEST!

I’m opening up the treasure chest for the next several weeks because maggots, the Founder Warrior and the vet visits insist that I do…

YOU CAN VIEW/PURCHASE MAMA TESS’ “Stand in the Light” charms/pendants here!  ($25 – $38)

Today, I have one of my favorite necklaces for you…  A beautiful shorter necklace that has maize colored, faceted beads and a gorgeous calcedony drop.  18″

SOLD!  THANK YOU, EE!!

(If the link doesn’t work, that means the piece has sold.  MT and I thank you!)

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Here is what the artist had to say:

L.O.V.E. this for summer but also works as a great year-round neutral necklace. Gorgeous opalescent Czech glass beads are crocheted to form the chain for this pretty front closure necklace. Artisan sterling silver lobster clasp and dangling charm with a Thai silver stamped ring. A tiny pearl and rhinestone also dangle alongside a glowing faceted chalcedony boulder! It has a cool, minty look to it and has such a pretty & soft glow that emits from within.

 


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