On Tuesday I noticed Cho had a small scratch a few inches below her eye. Ugh. The vet told me that any sore, scratch, wound, etc has the potential to become a summer sore if the flies can get at it (actually, it doesn’t even need to be open! They will just deposit the larvae into the skin if they feel like it!). Thankfully, faces can be covered with fly masks, so this spot shouldn’t be an issue.
Last night, however, she had a big hard lump on her neck that had opened. Right along the crest on the non-mane side. Slightly harder to keep fly free, but I smeared it with swat doused the area in fly spray. I felt her over and she had a couple of other large, hard lumps – though most (thankfully) didn’t have broken skin (yet).
And then I found this beast in between her front legs:
(Sorry for the atrocious picture quality, there is only so much I can do with a black horse in a barn after dark.)
–This is definitely the largest of the bunch. She has gotten bumps like these on occasion (I recall something similar happening not long after she first arrived here) but not this big.
I’m at a loss as to what to do, other than the fly spray before going out and swat on the open ones. It’s too hot for her to wear a fly sheet, though with night turn out it may be an option again? It’s still in the low-mid 90s when she goes out most nights, but it usually drops below 90 by 9 or so.
I’m going to add a little note of positivity here (it’s the only one you’re going to get): she doesn’t seem bothered by any of these things (including the chewed up foot wound). Last night she only cared about GOING OUTSIDE, as I arrived right before she was to be turned out. She hit me with her head a couple of times and had a pawing hissy fit, because apparently she thought that I was unaware she should be outside and eating grass. I saw it as a good sign that she’s feeling well enough to be sassy, as obnoxious as these little outbursts were.
The vet had mentioned oral steroids for the summer sore, and I’m starting to think perhaps that’s just the way to go for the summer and her apparent allergies to the demon flies here. I’m loathe to put her on them, but it may be our best option here.
And hey, then EVERYONE can be on prednisone! (The cat is on it for the rest of her life, and I occasionally have to take a burst of it as well.)
STOP MAKING MY LIFE MORE DIFFICULT. BETWEEN YOUR SHITTY DRIVERS, HOT DISGUSTING SUMMERS THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO DO NOTHING BUT HIDE INSIDE, AND TRYING TO MAKE MY HORSE A BREEDING HOUSE FOR DISGUSTING BUGS YOU ARE WINNING NO POINTS.