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Monday, 14 November 2016

From Sceptic to Confirmed Believer...

Last July I noticed two little "bites" on the top inside of Louie's near fore - they looked like two little fly bites that the heads had come off. After about a week, they disappeared...never to be seen again. Well, not quite.

About May this year, I spotted them again. This time they were dry and wart-like, with almost eczema in between, with flakey skin. It didn't take me long to work out that they were a type of sarcoid, but I wasn't overall concerned, as they actually looked better than the year before!

I decided that I'd keep an eye on them & see if they developed any further without the need for a visit from the vet. After speaking to someone about them who has experienced similar sarcoids, she advised that I try turmeric & flax oil - something that they had found worked.

So I kept a brief photo diary.

6th May
The first photo, taken approx 2 weeks after taking turmeric & flax oil. Not much change from the original. They were still the same size, no more prominent and the dry skin still surrounded them.

End of May
A full month of use of the turmeric & flax oil in both feeds (morning & night) and I could start to see a difference. Pleased with the results, I continued using both products within his normal feed.

9th June
However, with a few days of much warmer weather & the flies starting to make an appearance, I brought Louie in one night to find them looking like this...

These looked sore, although they didn't seem to bother him when touching them or washing them (this photo was taken after I'd wiped them - they were bleeding).

I had a couple of days like this - bringing him in and finding that they looked open and sore, and in the worst case, I found flies sitting on them. The main thing I didn't want was for them to become infected or spread.

I knew I had two options in terms of treatments (laser or Liverpool cream), but a more difficult decision was to whether to have the treatment now, and suffer with the flies in the middle of summer on the wound. Or, wait until the winter, but risk a bigger wound area, mud, and a duration of being stabled...

I'm glad I took neither option. Instead, a friend had been using Global Herbs Sarc-Ex for a nodule sarcoid between her mare's back legs. She found after only 6-8 weeks, the sarcoid started to drop off. It was worth a try.

I stopped the turmeric & flax oil, and switched to Sarc-Ex - the main thing I wanted to keep under control was the flies getting to them and flaring them up everyday. I didn't hold out much hope...

First week of July
This photo was taken after 3 weeks of using Seac-Ex, and while they visually don't look to have changed, the biggest difference was that I wasn't finding them flared and bleeding, even on the hottest days when the flies were at their worst... A good sign so far! 

So I bought another tub and carried on.

End of July
As I was on holiday for most of July, I was concerned I'd come back to find these a real mess, completely swollen, flared, and much more aggressive looking.

How wrong could I be?

This is a photo taken right at the end of July. The warts were almost flat to the skin, and although no hair on the patch, the skin wasn't dry and didn't look like he had eczema.

I was really impressed! Nothing else about Louie's diet or routine had changed, so the Sarc-Ex was really working!!

I went from very sceptic to a confirmed believer.

It's now mid-November (as I'm sure you're more than aware of) & I've continued to feed Louie Sarc-Ex throughout. I haven't been able to feel the sarcoids or dry skin for approximately 6-8 weeks. He no longer has a 'bald' patch - the hair has fully grown back in, you cannot see skin whichever way you brush it!

Tonight, when I went to take the final photo, they are completely gone.

I'm also pleased to report that Louie's got no other sarcoids. While I know that not every product works for every horse, if you've got sarcoids like these, I'd recommend giving it a go before opting for the more invasive treatments. I was impressed not only at the full disappearance of the sarcoids, but also the hair growth in the area - I used no other products/creams/lotion/potions on these.

If you're looking for more info, take a look at the Global Herbs site - it's worth a look, they offer a variety of supplements for a range of things.

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