In the Night Farm…Your Ride is Here.

(Or Not) Consolation Skin Epic, Continued

Aaaaand, Sunday’s ride on Consolation…wasn’t.

The skin issue returned.  Again.  That makes twice I thought it was resolved, only to have it reappear within a day or two.  Time to bring in reinforcements.

I’m pleased to announce that the vet’s visit confirmed I am neither crazy nor stupid.  He’d never seen anything like Consolation’s skin problem, either.  Its nature remains uncertain — not readily identifiable as bacterial, fungal, allergic, or anything else he recognized.  We discussed a biopsy but his opinion was that the liklihood of learning anything useful was minimal.

Instead, he put her on anti-inflammatories to keep her comfortable while the skin takes time to heal itself.  No topicals, just time, since it appears the problem is capable of resolving on its own.  Hopefully, now that the inflammation is down and the mystery problem has moved away from the saddle area, I’ll be able to start riding very soon.

Hopefully.

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15 responses

  1. Pingback: The Skinny: Details of Consolation’s Mysteriously Itchy Skin Issue « The Barb Wire

  2. Sounds a lot like Shingles – itchy painful eruptions along the dorsal line; dripping down the sides along nerve pathways; doesn’t respond to topical applications; erupts without warning – maybe the vet should look for some virus like small pox??

    May 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    • Interesting thought, Jackie. I’ll mention that to him if I need to get further help.

      ETA: According to some quick research on variations of equine herpes, the symptoms don’t really seem to match up. (No mention of skin symptoms like C’s or otherwise, and C doesn’t have any of the other symptoms like respiratory issues, swollen glands, anorexia, lethargy, fever, neuro symptoms, etc.) Human shingles seems to tend to affect the individual unilaterally (C’s issue is bilateral) and involve rashes/blisters/other lesions such as C doesn’t have. I’ll keep reading, though.

      May 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm

  3. Borchers, K., U. Wolfinger, and H. Ludwig. 1999. Latency-associated transcripts of
    equine herpesvirus type 4 in trigeminal ganglia of naturally infected horses. J. Gen. Virol.
    80:2165-2171.
    3. Borchers, K., U. Wolfinger, A. Schellenbach, B. Lawrenz, F. Glitz, and H. Ludwig.
    1999. Equine herpesvirus type 1 and trigeminal ganglia of naturally infected horses:
    detection of DNA and latency associated transcripts, p. 147-152. In U. Wernery, J. F.

    May 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  4. Marianne

    Having gone through a bout of shingles recently, I thought the same thing as Jackie. A quick check reveals that while horses cannot take prednisone, they can take prednisolone for ailments such as hives, itching, inflammatory diseases, etc. Good luck.

    May 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    • Thanks, Marianne. I’m not finding good symptom-match when searching the subject as it affects horses — just the progression from itching to tenderness in human shingles, but nothing else as far as equine symptoms go. Consolation’s symptoms don’t otherwise match the human ones, either (unilateral, blisters, “flu,” etc). Hmm.

      May 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

  5. hartsongranchmontana

    Wow, what a terrible mystery. I am sorry that the two of you have to deal with this, especially now that the beautiful spring weather is here.

    I am sending healing thoughts your way. Good luck!

    May 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  6. Oh, how frustrating and upsetting. I’m so sorry she’s still uncomfortable! Fingers crossed you get to ride your best girl soon. Acey’s gonna have to keep doing double duty!

    May 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    • Thanks, Funder. Can you imagine how crazy I’d be if I didn’t have Acey??

      May 9, 2012 at 5:24 am

  7. Aemi Miller

    Another idea along the accupuncture line… Did you de-worm her prior to the problem? To help support her Large Intestine you could try a round of Probiotics. For refrence google “Tallgrass Institute”. They are a wealth of knowledge 🙂

    May 9, 2012 at 8:23 am

    • She was UTD on deworming, but was not dewormed immediately before the problem started. Several weeks in, I double-dosed her with Ivermectin in case the problem was caused by mites/fleas. We do probiotics normally (I’m a big believer in gut flora!) for the working horses… The institute sounds interesting, tho — I’ll look it up. 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

  8. Elizabeth Breed

    This sounds like a mystery itch I’ve been battling for years, and spent tons of money and hours of research, consultations with equine dermatologists, etc. – trying to solve in my horse, Nokkvi. He’s Icelandic, so I’ve been tempted to call it sweet itch, but even when he has no visible outbreaks – and there have been some bad ones from time to time – he still is difficult to ride on the trails because of his terrible discomfort. In an arena or in an inside enclosure he is a dream horse. I feel for you!!!!

    August 17, 2012 at 11:07 am

  9. Leslie

    This also sounds like a skin condition I’m dealing with my 10 yr old Morgan gelding. He also swishes tail, kicks out hind leg (right predominantly), bucks under saddle and then bites/chews at his sides when I take off his saddle. Also will do this riding bareback though. I’ve tried chiropractic, oatmeal shampoos etc. Worse in summer and been going on a few years. Vet had no suggestions. I’m now looking into sweating since he doesn’t sweat much even after heavy work. Results in similar behavior to what I’m seeing. Looking at Let M Sweat, Pro Sweat and Equiwinner (though this one is expensive!). I’ll update after trying these.

    September 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

  10. Lorena

    Went through this with my mare. It ended up being a fungal disease in her bloodstream. After nearly 3 years of various treatments a naturopath doctor suggested olive leaf, echanasia and vit C. Seen results within 4 days but continued to feed it for 2 months.

    November 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    • Wow, that’s interesting, Lorena. Thanks for the info!!

      December 8, 2012 at 9:13 am

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