Archie's little bald patches have filled in, seemingly overnight. I feel much better about my poor pony and I'll feel semi-better once his coat bleaches out like normal and we can forget this little skin blip.
I wanted to share some of the products I've been smothering him in over these past few weeks. My farrier even commented, "You're putting something else on him now?!" Yeah. Yeah, I am.
|Of course a close-up shot of the repaired hair would make too much sense.|
- Chlorhexidine scrub. I've spoken about the magic of this stuff before, but, essentially, it's a medical grade cleaning agent. Your vet uses it. Your doctor uses it. Sometimes, it's green. It can be a wound treatment and a surgical scrub. It's magical and still somehow gentle. You can also get it as a spray, which I prefer, but which third-party charges waayyyyy too much for.
- Malaseb Shampoo. Everyone who's come within three inches of a horse knows about this stuff, right? Specifically for fungal infections. Also has chlorhexidine in it.
- Random spray bottle. On cold days, rather than bathing the Kid, I would scrub his scabs with a diluted Malaseb. Spray, scrub, sit, rinse (another spray bottle), towel and done.
- Sore No More The Sauce. Most people use this for feet (I think?), but one of the labeled uses is as an anti-fugal. So I would spritz Archie's bald patches with this. I remember Hillary talking about this stuff and loving it, and I vaguely remember buying something Sore No More. I thought I'd just bought the Gelotion (which we blew through), so I was pretty excited to find this in the nether regions of my tack trunk, expired or not.
- Old Spray Bottle. I wasn't sure if Sore No More uses colored bottles as a brand image or if the tint helps preserve the contents. To err on the side of caution, I used an old trial-sized bottle of It's A Ten (which is effing amazing, too) because spraying on skin is a lot easier than squirting.
- EQyss Marigold Spray. Because I wanted to and you know that skin is tender and ouchie.
- The Herbal Horse Fungus Amongus. Because obviously everything else just isn't enough. Hills kindly donated some of her extra to the old pony and I really, really believe it's helped grow the hair (I can't speak to the elimination of the rain rot, because we pretty much killed that with the medications). I slathered him up and two days later, we had some awesome hair growth. I've started to put it on his cellulitis scar, which is probably just wishful thinking.