I highly doubt it is an abscess, I think the pressure of an abscess bump would have been very painful, and the vet ruled that out a week ago. Then why is it oozing? There is no swelling or inflammation. Perhaps it's the Xxterra's way of ridding this sarcoid? I called the vet from the pasture but it was after 5:00 and I got her voice mail and didn't hear back, so I cleaned the bump with warm water, an aloe wound cream, and paper towels the best I could, then reapplied a new coat of Xxterra.
I could not get a good picture today for the life of me! For some reason, I could not get my camera to focus a good macro shot. Although My Boy eating and moving his head wasn't helping!
So again, here is the bump the day the vet came out:
And yesterday's mangled mess:
You know what it reminded me of? I described it to Paint Girl this way. Remember when you were a kid and you were wearing shorts and you fell on gravel or cement and got a good scrape on your knee? And how a few days later it'd scab over and the scab would be kind of yellowish and infected? That is what the bump now reminds me of.
My Boy came down to the gate for his grain today. I loved how his tail glowed as the sun set behind it. (No, I did not love the glow of the melting snow and mud.)
I even got a tongue shot for you too, which I didn't notice it until I downloaded it at home.
I brought My Boy out to walk him a bit. We went up to the arena to find it covered in snow, which compacted quickly in his hooves, providing him some pretty fancy stilettos. Therefore, our walk was cut short. I took another short video clip of My Boy. You'll see him on alert and listening to the neighbor's dog barking, nibbling the snow, and then giving the camera a kiss (which was surely directed to ya'll, I'm positive!) Please excuse my silly banter. I tried so hard not to talk to him while filming because I didn't want to hear my voice on video. I did a good job for a minute, but then I just had to talk to him. It's what my family does to animals. I know, it's silly.
Hopefully the vet will call me back tomorrow and I can find out if this newest development is normal for Xxterra. I know the sarcoid was supposed to get nasty, but I wasn't sure if oozing, even minimal, was a normal part of the process.
I'll keep you posted (no pun intended!)
And since it's technically Fashion Friday, My Boy insisted that I leave you with a picture of these cool slouchy cowboy boots:
Oh, they belong to this cute country star, Carrie Underwood. I love how she wore her jeans tucked into her boots. I did this on my birthday dinner out on the town and I wasn't sure it was cool...but hey, if Carrie is doing it it's got to be cool, she's pretty hip!
Happy Friday, everyone!
Update 1:11 p.m. : I just spoke to the vet who said this oozing was normal. She said every horse reacts to Xxterra differently but what My Boy is experiencing is not enough of a reaction yet to stop treatment. She said some horses experience large inflammed pus-filled sarcoids before they slough off. She wants another three days of treatment, at least, before we rest it. Then we would do an additional 2 cycles before giving up on the Xxterra. Whew, at least I know that something is starting to happen! And I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my horse is an exception to the rule and this won't get big and nasty, rather, it will quietly dissapear completely without a fuss!