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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7 comments have been posted...

  1. dawndi Post author

    To be honest, I forgot all about her sarcoid while I’ve been trying to recoup her from the acute founder. However, when I was using the calcium montmorillonite clay and the SORE NO MORE POULTICE, it was getting smaller. No doubt. Tonight I decided to start over and I’m going to use a human medicine they use on herpes (same virus). Somewhere I read to crush up a pill and spread it on the sarcoid. So, I did that. I will do that for 2 weeks and note if there are any changes.

  2. Leeanne

    Any updates on success with the green mud? My neighbor just told me about “Clay For All”. I have been fighting sarcoids on my QH for 10 years. We’ve tried every method known to vets all around the country including being part of a test case at CSU for Brachy therapy which seemed to almost make them worse. I would LOVE to hear some success stories about this stuff so I don’t have to return to the invasive surgeries. Once you have a sarcoid don’t ever cut it as once you do, you’re in for years of angry sarcoids. Any input would be appreciated. thanks!

  3. Diane Skinner

    Do you have an update on the progress of using Benonite Clay on the sarcoid? I’ve just started using it on my mare who just developed a small sarcoid.

  4. Mikey

    I use the Xxtera stuff too and I like that. It’s worked real well for me and my old horses. Interesting that this clay works too.

  5. dawndi Post author

    Here are two suggestions from readers:
    Hi Dawn
    My Quarter Horse, Flint, arrived with a small lumpy sarcoid on the inside of his right thigh. It had been there for a few months without changing size (it was about 1cm across). the vet suggested putting zovirax (cold sore cream, probably something different in US, but it’s anti-viral) on it. After two days it looked a quite red, then it turned black and dropped off. there is just the tiniest scar but no lump! It was like a miracle, just an over-the-counter cream, no soreness, burning or anything, compared with the really horrible, painful cream that they used on one of the show-jumpers who has one between his butt cheeks (Ouch!) and which didn’t cure it.
    It would be worth a try?

    **(this is Dawn) I just looked up Zovirax cream and it is prescription only. Does anyone have ideas on this one? Sounds promising.


    Bentonite Is called “drilling mud”
    It stays in suspension and does not dry out
    Drilling mud Is pure- no additives- and can be purchased in 50# paper sacks from your local well driller . It is used in MOST skin preparations , is a feed additive, in make up, and the magic ingredient in “Platinum”

    My father was Georgia Tech, 2nd generation in the oil fields. Grand Daddy drove 20 mule team in Bakersfield . Daddy bought it by the railcar full . Now that you know what it is you can buy it by the 50# sack and use it lavishly. Back then the brand name was “Spinks Gel”

  6. Tamara Tate

    My horse had several sarcoids. Most of them went away with Xxterra. It is easy to use and does a good job. However he had two more show up so my vet did a surgical procedure where he removed a sarcoid, froze it, chopped it up then came back out and implanted the pieces under his skin. It acts like a vaccination in that the body develops an immunity to them. No more sarcoids!

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