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post #1 of 6 Old 09-21-2012, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Allergic Reaction to Dry Clover?

Most of the horses at the barn I board my Arabs at have been coming in with scratched-up noses. We thought it was sunburn at first and put sunscreen on them, but my colt came in from the pasture today (they're out 21 hours a day) with a strange reaction and bumps on his rump and back legs, especially on the leg with the sock. The vet came out (I'm at my mom's so my dad was there with her) and said it was an allergic reaction to the dry clover. Apparently the drought has been causing problems with different plants in the pasture.

Anyone have any experience with this? This is all the info I have, as I can't get to the barn until Tuesday at the earliest. My dad is going to send me a picture tomorrow that I can post.

The vet (same one I use with the horses at my mom's, so I defintiely trust her judgement) told the BO to sweat his legs and bathe him with iodine shampoo.
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I assume the bumps are hives, but without seeing them I can't be sure.

What's odd is that he's a dark steel gray right now. His haunches are not light-colored, yet they're being affected, as well as his nose and lighter pastern. I thought photosensitivity only affected lighter-colored horses, yet my gray mare only has slight signs of it on her pink-skinned nose.
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My friend has a couple of horses that come in with hives from the clover. She just lets it be as it doesn't seem to bother her horses at all, and she is not currently showing.
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My dad called later last night and said Tank could barely walk because of it. He has been doing much better this morning and was running ad playing in the smaller pasture. The grass isn't as great there, but there's no clover.
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At the very least have your dad watch your horse for swelling, watch his manure and watch your horse's urine - if he can. Especially if your horse starts trying to pee a lot and very little comes out.

I have four horses roaming around the yards because one of them is injured and can't go out to pasture. Two of them got into something along the edge of the yard yesterday and they both ended up with diahrea last night. One not so bad, the 25 yr old with hind gut ulcers had to have his bum and his hind legs washed off

The 25 yr old keeps trying to pee so that means if he's still trying to pee more often than normal by Monday, guess who I get to call <sigh>

Point-being, sometimes these reactions fix themselves and sometimes they don't, which is why your dad should keep a close eye on your fella
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Hope your guys feel better, Walk!

My dad can't get to the barn everday, but the BO is keeping a very close watch on him. I'm going to work Estrella tuesday and will definitely get pictures.
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