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    10-24-2010, 10:17 AM
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Lakota has these bumps/sratches on his nose. A lot of horses during the summer get them and my BO thinks they're from a weed the grows in the pastures or maybe the sun. All the other horses except Lakotas and a 30 year-old horse have gone away. I put aloe on Lakota's nose. He also has these bumps on his neck that don't seem to bother him unless my mother(without my consent)tries to stratch them off. Then he gets annoyed. Any ideas of what they could be and how to treat them? Thanks
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    10-24-2010, 11:54 AM
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Tell mom NOT to scratch them off as this could cause infection. It may be a allergic reaction either to a weed or bug bites. Aloe is ok but will only rub off. He may need a steroid if it gets bad enough. Otherwise that's all I can tell you.
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    10-24-2010, 02:35 PM
I tried to see if Lakota's picture showed a white nose. Lots of times the white faces/muzzles will get a photosensitivity from wet grass and sunny days, which we have had a lot of here in the Midwest lately. I agree with mbender not to pick the bumps, as it's very painful and irritates the horse. If aloe seems to be helping them heal, fine to keep using it - but some horses are allergic to aloe so if it doesn't seem to help, that may be why and you should stop. Try Desitin (generic is okay) without aloe in it; or zinc oxide - dab it on gently like a sunblock, every day at least. Don't slather it on but put a thin layer on there (too much ointment will trap the infection if there's already an infection there). Another product I have found VERY effective this year is Vetericyn, a spray (try the gel version). It's a bit more expensive than some of the other stuff but it really is working for me. I have a horse with lots of white and ALL her skin on her legs was bumpy last year. This spring I started using the Vetericyn spray and it stopped spreading immediately, and healed up within a week so that the scabs fell off on their own. Best of all, it didn't seem to sting and she tolerated it very well - no allergic reaction. Good luck!
    10-24-2010, 05:30 PM

Thank you so much! Lakota's nose is white and the patch where they appear on his neck is white. This summer he also had them all over his white legs and on his other white patches but those went away after I put Swat on them. Actually, the ones on his cornet band would bleed for some reason. Thanks for the good info though...I'm glad I finally know what its from.
    10-24-2010, 10:51 PM
I know what you mean. The ones on their feet/pasterns are so hard to heal and they just crack and stay nasty. I tried all kinds of things last year (there's probably a post on here somewhere with the long saga) and my mare ended up with scabs and swelling anywhere she had white on her legs - up to knees and hocks. In retrospect I think everytime I picked the scabs it rubbed the fragile skin nearby, and then more bumps popped up. My new approach this year is 'less is more.' I started her on omega 3 supplements this spring, to help her get a healthier skin/coat from the inside out, and with the Vetericyn to take care of any little nicks and rubs, we haven't had anything growing this summer/fall (knock on wood). I might pick a scab or two to see what kind of bump we're dealing with, but that's all. Her feet and legs are in perfect condition on pasture right now.
    10-25-2010, 07:45 AM
My mare is grey/white with black skin everywhere except for her nose and her one white/pink foot I got spray on sunblock and sprayed that on her leg and rubbed it into her nose everyday all summer and it went away and didn't come back again. I was always told it is just sunburn, the pink skin burns easily so it gets burned while the black or grey skin stays healthy. Indy's leg was cracking and peeling really bad but since most sunblocks have moisurizers in it that cleared up pretty quickly.
    10-28-2010, 10:41 PM
We had two paints with a LOT of white on them. They both got sunburn that is just like what you describe. I didn't realize it was sunburn until the vet pointed it out. He gave us some Pink Lady to put on the areas that were burned, and within a week, they were nearly healed. At his recommendation, we kept the Pink Lady on the burned areas until the worst of the heat of summer had passed. That suff really works - it doesn't stain their coats, either - though it takes a bit of work to wash it off. It's pretty tough stuff, which is why it works so well as a sunblock on horses.
    11-02-2010, 12:18 AM
The tips for sunburn are great; I hadn't thought about using the regular liquid sunblock! I'll have to remember that if I ever get a horse with a white nose. My mare's legs started with one thing (dew poisoning/scratches, according to the vet) and when those bacteria or fungi were destroyed, there was another bacterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, that took hold and created the big problems. It was resistant to all the antibacterials and oral antibiotics that we had been using for treating the scratches, so it just went wild. She ended up with cellulitis and lymph problems, had punch biopsies, and a dermatology consult, with IV antiobiotics twice a day throughout December. All that finally stopped the Pseudomonas and the progression of oozy bumps; it wasn't until April that she lost the last scab... The vet says it lives in dirt and most of the time doesn't cause problems, but with her we will always have to be careful in the warm and wet seasons.

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