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.
She agreed. Warty sarcoid.
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?
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!
SO I GRABBED IT
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.
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.
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.”
I WILL CONTINUE THIS UNTIL IT IS GONE or I give up.
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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