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Pythiosis / Pythium Insidiosum: HEY ALL OF YOU DOWN IN FLORIDA or anywhere there is Swamp Fever – LOOK AT THESE RESULTS with FUNGUS FREE PLUS! (Remember this and tell your friends if they ever mention a tough to cure skin disorder!!)






WARNING:  THE CASE STUDIES PHOTOS ARE GRUESOME (WITH GOOD OUTCOMES) SO DON’T  SCROLL DOWN IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH.

Pythiosis / Pythium Insidiosum:  HEY ALL OF YOU DOWN IN FLORIDA or anywhere there is Swamp Fever – LOOK AT THESE RESULTS with FUNGUS FREE PLUS!

I have been so impressed with how the Fungus Free Plus has worked on my donkey’s leg gack, I asked for more information/case studies.  I swear, I have been battling Norma’s leg ick for at least 6 months… and not until I was sent this product, has it abated – and I tried many, many products.  They would work to varying degrees, but not stopped the infection.  Now, it is almost GONE!  And, I haven’t really been around to put it on daily.  So, it worked even when applied not per directions!

And, it is advertised to work on various skin disorders like:  Rainrot, thrush, ringworm, greasy heel…

OK, anyway, let’s get onto the more horrid and infectious Pythiosis/Pythium Insidiosum or “Swamp Fever”.

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WHAT IS SWAMP FEVER?  (taken from Fungus Free Plus website)

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AMAZING CASE STUDIES…

This is where you need to cover your eyes if you are weak in the stomach for bad injuries that heal.

All of these cases were cured by Fungus Free Plus.  The photos speak for themselves.  This is why you should have this stuff on hand to heal MANY KINDS of skin irritations and infections.

Below we will see Fungus Free Plus on Swamp Fever, flesh eating bacteria, major cuts, mange…

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Swamp Fever

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Swamp fever on the belly

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Mange

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WHAT IS IN FUNGUS FREE PLUS?! (no affiliation)

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IT WORKED ON MY DONKEY’S LEGS – WHEN NOTHING ELSE WOULD CURE HER  –  SO I AM A FAN for life!  Remember this and tell your friends if they ever mention a tough to cure skin disorder!!

Here is the website (no affiliation)


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TESTING MY HAY? Sounds too involved… No, IT IS EASY! Here are a few examples of my hay that I had tested…






I know that it took me years to even consider testing the hay I purchased.

I figured – why?  And, I figured that hay was hay.

And, this is true.  Most people don’t need to test their hay.  And, good quality forage will generally do just fine with your horses – and you can always supplement.

But, sometimes it is IMPORTANT to know about the forage you are feeding.  For Insulin Resistant horses, for Cushings Syndrome horses, for other metabolic diseases… and for athletes.

Well… testing hay is EASY!

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THIS IS HOW EASY IT IS…

1)  If time is not the essence, go to the DAIRY ONE website and request Testing Mailers.

If time is important, call them ( 1.800.344.2697 or 607.257.1272) and they’ll tell you how to send in a sample right away.

2)  Once you get your packet, the best way to test your hay is to grab a very small handful from several different areas in several different bales.  For each handful, grab a few strands and use scissors to cut them into 2-3″ lengths.  Stuff these cut pieces into the baggie they give you.

3)  Fill out the form (easy).  You can use a return mailing label (that’s what I do), add your email address and then either put your credit card on the form or call them and give them your credit card to keep on file.

4)  Label your baggie and label the type of hay you are testing on the form.

5)  Put baggie and form into the envelope they provided for you and drop it into a mailbox.  No postage necessary because it is included in the $22 fee.

Here is the Dairy One Kit.  Simple.  Form, mailer and baggie.  Easy.  You can even use your own baggie and envelope and supply info, if you are in a hurry.

Here is the Dairy One Kit. Simple. Form, mailer and baggie. Easy. You can even use your own baggie and envelope and supply info, if you are in a hurry.

RESULTS

In about 3 days, you will receive an email with your results.  It looks like this:

A hay sample I sent in a while back when Tess was first being seen by the Founder Warrior.

A hay sample I sent in a while back when Tess was first being seen by the Founder Warrior.

HOW TO READ THE RESULTS for IR/Cushings

Now, depending upon what is important to you, you will want to read different aspects of the results.  Ask your vet or equine nutritionist according to your horse’s needs.

For me, since Tess is IR and Cushings, I have to be very, very careful about sugars and starches.

Here is how the Founder Warrior instructed me to read the above results.

We want to know what the numbers are regardless of water content. So then I look at the WSC and starch. WSC plus starch = NSC. No matter what else you read on the web NSC is by definition, without question, WSC plus starch. The WSC includes ESC plus fructans that don’t show up in ESC. Thus it includes all of the potentially harmful carbs.  In this case the WSC plus starch is moderately high – 14.7 + 2.5 = 17.2% NSC.  Too high for a critical case like Tess.  I wouldn’t feed this to my own 19 year-old IR/Cushing’s horse who hasn’t had laminitis (knock on wood 3 times) unless I soaked it. 

MORE RESULTS THROUGH THE YEARS…and my soaking protocols.

Here are a few more test results.  As you can see, the hay sold around my area varies greatly!  I am thrilled I can test it so I know EXACTLY how much sugar and starch is involved – and so I know how much to soak the hay.

SOAKING:  I first get a small holed hay net.  Then, I break up the flake and put half of it into the net.  Make sure to break apart the flake well so all of the hay is exposed to the hot water.  I then tighten the cord and put it into a muck-bucket sized bucket of hot water (cold will work, too, it just takes longer and you will have to mash it around more and longer).  I swill the hay in the net around with a piece of PVC pipe like a witch with a cauldron.  I make sure to push on all sides and I move it around to make sure it is well covered and wet.  You will see the water starting to turn brown almost immediately.  The brown in the water is the sugar you are removing.

I let it soak for about 20 minutes.  For me, this takes out a great amount of the sugar and starch without ‘ruining’ the hay for her.  And, I can tend to it while I’m feeding normally.  I start the soak first and by the time I am done with chores, the hay is ready to be drained and spread out or hung.  It seems that in our climate, the hay often smells a bit rancid, if it soaks for too long, in cold or hot water.

ALSO, I not only steep the hay inside the bag inside a bucket of hot water… when I am ready to take it out of the bucket I also agitate it with my hands like a washing machine…  First I pour out half of the water.  Then, I take my hands and pull up and then push back in the net (like washing a shirt manually) and I pull different sections to continue the push/pull kind of steeping/agitation.  It is my way of making sure that the entire net was soaked and washed and rinsed.

Then, I dump out the rest of the water and put the net in the shower stall to drain for a few minutes.  After it drains a bit, I put half of the hay spread out in the sun to dry and the other half I hang in her stall.  You can also spread out the hay anywhere to dry – just fan it out so it isn’t lumpy and wet, or else it will become rancid.

She loves it!

This is my newest result from some very low sugar/starch orchard I purchased!  it was perfect for Tess - no soaking required!  But the other horses were kinda, "Meh."

This is my newest result from some very low sugar/starch orchard I purchased! it was perfect for Tess – no soaking required! But the other horses were kinda, “Meh.”

WSC plus starch = NSC.   6.1 + .7 = 6.8  (Very good hay!)

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Another great batch of low sugar/low starch hay.

WSC plus starch = NSC.  4.9 + 1.0 = 5.9   Really great hay for my purposes!

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This Orchard was really high in sugar and starch! My other horses loved it but this would have put Tess into full founder quickly! I’m glad I tested!  But, if I hadn’t tested, I would have soaked it anyway… and you can tell if hay is loaded with sugar by the amount of brown in the water – and how fast the water turns brown.  Brown = sugar.

WSC plus starch = NSC.  18.4 + .5 = 18.9    High sugars and starch.

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This was Meadow Grass hay I got to try. I’m glad I tested it.

WSC plus starch = NSC.   17.3 + 2.0 = 19.3   Very high.

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