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MamaTess, who is living in the barn with laminitis (you can read that story here), has developed a warty sarcoid on the topside of her tail, hidden in the hairs.

I only noticed it because she was rubbing and VOILA!

Just what we need… another issue with this very sick mare.


By luck, the vet was due to arrive and I thought I would share my new discovery with her.

I did.

She agreed.  Warty sarcoid.


This is a warty sarcoid.  It isn't Tess' warty sarcoid, but it is similar, except Tess' is on the topside of her tail  (I didn't have any pics of hers tonight.  I will take some tomorrow.)

This is a warty sarcoid. It isn’t Tess’ warty sarcoid, but it is similar, except Tess’ is on the topside of her tail (I didn’t have any pics of hers tonight. I will take some tomorrow.)


I’ve been ill the last few days, too.

And I think being less vital and less energetic may be why I decided to treat her sarcoid with Bentonite clay.

You see, when I saw the nasty lump, I was at the tip of overwhelm.

“Oh Great… just one more thing to add to my expenses…”.

(When I feel ‘under the weather’, I’m not real shiny, if you know what I mean.)

So, after the vet explained to me the solutions for warty sarcoids – all unacceptable to me at this moment – in my state of ‘aw for crissake’, I grabbed at my new bag of Bentonite Clay.

My bright idea was to test if this Bentonite Clay would heal her Sarcoid.  Heck, they say it cures every other skin thing, why not this?

Raw Bentonite Clay.  It is in SORE NO MORE Poultice which I have used previously on skin and  hoof disorders.  Smells great, too!

Raw Bentonite Clay. It is in SORE NO MORE Poultice which I have used previously on skin and hoof disorders. Smells great, too!


I had been reading how Bentonite Clay is the new cure-all for many things equine (internal and external).

OK, not really the cure-all but certainly it has many favorable properties – or so that is the claim.

For example, here is an excerpt from Barb’s Wellness about Bentonite Clay.

I personally studied ‘hands on clay’ applications at a California Horse Ranch/camp where Roy Rogers horse “Trigger” was boarded. I worked side by side with a northern California Native American Miwok Indian medicine man helping treat horse’s hoofs, feet, legs and other bodily injuries using clay poultices with fantastic results. I was instrumental in helping many horses recover from laminitis and other hoof problems. I also assisted a woman heal her foot that was gangrene, whom her doctor had given up on, and had told her she would have to have it amputated. We used clay and sea salt. I have made clay pastes and plasters and applied them around the horses, ponies and donkey’s eyes in the summer to keep flies at bay and protect the eye. We also gave our equines clay bathes, leaving the clay on for an hour or so before washing off. They loved it! And it cleaned their skin and nourished their coats. I added some coconut oil to the clay when applying it to prevent too much drying of the skin. The horses skin and coat was always much improved after these therapeutic clay/oil bathes.

Externally, clay can be used for ulcers and skin infections, blood disorders, acne and other skin problems, rashes, burns, cuts, wounds, tendon injuries, inflammation, arthritis, bruises, contusions, abscesses, muscular aches and pains etc. There are Many French horse sites on the internet talking about clay and horses, but they are in French.

It’s reported that clay facilitates cell regenerating, enhancing healing and tissue formation, leaving the new skin supple. Clay seems to “draw the pain out” with its drawing and magnetic affect providing a wonderful cooling relief.

My pack donkeys would sometimes rub sores from their pack saddle when they carried elk meat out of the Colorado Mountains. The clay would heal the sores quickly, with bag balm added after to help grow the hair back.


I had used SORE NO MORE POULTICE with favorable results and the main ingredient is bentonite clay…

So, after reading Barb’s article, I decided to get a bag and test it on my horses (and myself).

The bags arrived, but I hadn’t started using either yet.

(Well, that’s not true… I had made some tea with the human grade clay for myself…and it was fairly revolting… I need to test it again with more palatable applications.)

They were sitting in my tack room – fresh and ready!

These are my two bags of Bentonite Clay products.  One for horses and one for me.

These are my two bags of Bentonite Clay products. One for horses and one for me.  I opened the one for animals and made a poultice which I slathered on her sarcoid.


So, I grabbed the bag of equine clay, scooped out a palmful, wet it, smooshed it around and put a glob on my finger.

I then spread it all over the warty sarcoid.

If nothing else, it would keep the flies away…


Two days later, I washed off the clay.

Hmmmm.  It looked like it had shrunk a bit.  And, no flies were around it, so that was good.

I added more clay to it, and waited another two days.

It shrunk again.

This time, I asked the vet if she thought it had shrunk.

She agreed.

Vet:  “Are you still putting that mud stuff on it?”

Me:  Yup, that is what you just picked off of it.

Vet:  “Oh, OK, well, it seems to be helping.”


So, I will keep it up, just to see if it works.

Can’t hurt, could help.

Have any of you ever cured a sarcoid with Bentonite Clay?

Please let me know!

(I didn’t have any pics today – I’ll take some tomorrow)

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BIO-SPONGE. Have you heard of it? I hadn’t.

First, many of you may know that Judy Glore of “Heart of Tuscon” rescue passed away on Mother’s Day from Lung Cancer.  She was diagnosed in September.  Here is a news story about her passing.

Judy was an avid rescuer and did much good.  If you would like to help her husband and son care for the horses, please click here (the donate button is in the upper right corner of their website).


MamaTess had a setback today…

But, it turned out OK.

Let me tell you about it…


I had hay delivered and the boys loaded it into the haybarn yesterday.

They stack the excess bales in the middle stall of the barn.  That stall stays locked.

Unfortunately, somehow, the stall door to the middle stall – where I also store a few bales of alfalfa – was left in such a way that Tess could push her way into that stall.

And, she did.


Tess has been doing well… not great, but much, much better.

But, I decided to check on her last night…

When I found her, she had waded into the food stall and couldn’t get out.  Not only that, she had her face in the alfalfa and had eaten two flakes.  By the time I found her, she had not had any water for probably several hours judging by the two, large piles and urine she had left there…

I freaked.

I jumped the stall, backed her out and brought her to water.  She drank.  And drank and drank…  I’m sure she was parched – eating all that alfalfa must have been like eating a whole bowl of peanuts without water.


We had come so far…

I thought of my cousin’s horse who had passed from founder after gorging on alfalfa.


I immediately gave Tess Colic Relief to make sure she had no impaction from the lack of fluids.  I also administered Previcox to help with the sudden spike in sugars which was sure to trigger inflammation and another laminitis flare.

I also gave her a very wet, bran mash.

It was very late…so I decided to wait until the morning to worry.


I emailed Dr. Reilly in the wee hours.   I knew he would be awake in his part of the country.

Dr. Reilly told me to start the protocol all over again with IV Equioxx to stop the onslaught of inflammation.

I went to the barn to check her.  It had been a few hours…

She was laying down.  Oy.  She hadn’t been down in weeks.

When she got up, I could tell she was very sore to turn but OK on the straights.

A huge set back…

When it was daylight, I called my local vet to come over and administer the IV Equioxx.


My local vet came to the barn after I had left for work.  I trusted her to administer to Tess while I was gone.

Upon observation, she called me and asked if she could give Tess a dose of Bio Sponge.

I asked what it was…

She told me it was like giving a poisoned dog some charcoal.  “The bad stuff adheres to it and it moves out of the system – fast.  If she has built up toxins from the alfalfa, this will help.”

“Sure,” I said, “Why not…?”

The vet gave Tess her IV Equioxx, the Bio Sponge – and a lot of fluids to make certain she was hydrated.

She also drew blood to test Tess’ kidney function.


When I arrived home around 2pm, Tess was much, much better.

She met me at the gate and was walking around more comfortably.  She could turn and she was happy and bright.

Something worked – and it worked faster than last time…

So, I can only think…

–We hit the flare earlier with the Equioxx

–We helped her by cleaning out the toxins in her gut created by the over-indulgence of alfalfa on her sensitive gut via the Bio Sponge.

–The Colic Relief/bran mash I gave her helped keep her system moving after being stuck in a hot stall with no water and too much sugary/carby food.   At least I think it did.


Not any one thing works for sure with all horses…

But, if any of you can learn from what I am going through, Yay!  If this helps one horse, it is worth it.

We can only do our best with the knowledge we acquire.

For me with Tess, I now know that she is very sensitive and grass (of course), heat, her cycle and alfalfa are triggers.

I know to stop the inflammation from these triggers as quickly as humanly possible.

I know that her gut cannot handle alfalfa and carbs/sugars so the Bio Sponge aided absorbing the excess toxins created by that deluge, instead of asking her already compromised system to filter it.

I know that colic was a major concern under the circumstances where I found her.  Just the act of giving her the Colic Relief with the soupy bran mash helped me… and her, I think.


Timing is everything…

Thank horsegod I went to check on her last night to find her trapped in the food stall.

Thank horsegod.

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