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    10-24-2011, 09:28 PM
Green Broke
Cold sore??

While she was standing in the cross ties today getting a nice grooming, I noticed my mare drooling and the drool was tinted red. Upon further examination, I found a rough patch of almost crusty skin that had a little pin hole on it where blood was slowly draining out :(

What does it sound like it is? My friends at the barn said it's just a cold sore so I tried to wipe it with a warm cloth and then put some listerine on it to disinfect but it's extremely sensitive and she really didn't let me near her for long, poor thing :(
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    10-25-2011, 07:32 AM
Green Broke
*BUMP* anyone have any clue about these/had these with your horse?
    10-25-2011, 07:50 AM
Green Broke
I should also mention that she has diarrhea as well, not sure if that's related or not. I called and left a message with the vet this morning just in case, don't want to take any chances with my girl!!
    10-25-2011, 08:46 AM
It could well be a cold sore of some sort - or she could have eaten some hay that had something prickly hidden in it. The diarrhea is concerning, though. You might want to add some electrolytes to her water - I don't think that will get rid of the diarrhea, but it will help prevent dehydration in the meantime. Hope you hear back from the vet soon, and it turns out to be nothing!
    10-25-2011, 09:33 AM
Green Broke
Yeah I thought about that last night too and I did add them to her water And I also gave her a little handful of her grain and sprinkled some of the electrolytes on top of that as well. She normally drinks REALLY well so I'm going to call the BO this morning and ask how much water was left in her bucket by this morning.

The weather has been ridiculous around here lately by the way, so I've left her rain sheet on (they don't do blanketing for you at the barn and I work until 5pm every day so it's a guessing game what the weather will be like the next morning!) For example, this morning it was 33 degrees, but this afternoon it will get up to 65. She has her rain sheet on because you never know when it will suddently get cold and start raining and PLUS I'm trying not to encourage a thick winter coat so I don't have to deal with clipping her too much

But do you think having her rain sheet on when it's in the mid-60's which is a bit warm for it could make her feel crappy? I've never really heard of it being the case, but just figured I'd throw it out there!
    10-25-2011, 10:08 AM
Green Broke
I will get a photo of Sandie's sore when I meet the vet later today at the barn, but I just googled "sore on horse's lip" and found this person's photo. Sandie's kinda resembles this one, except Sandie's is more of a crusty brown buildup and it's more oval in shape, and it's bleeding.

Sandie's is on her BOTTOM lip rather than the top, on this same side and you can't really see it unless you pull her lips apart, it's more in the spot right where her top and bottom lip meet.

Here's the random google image I found:
    10-25-2011, 10:30 AM
Green Broke
Ouch! Poor mare, my gelding had this last year, turned out to be where another horse had bitten him through his lip and it was infected.

Maybe it is a cold sore or ulcer, if she has the runs too it would explain as she's run down. I would call the vet out to ensure she doesn't have a viral/bacterial infection just in case, especialy if she could pass it on to others.
    10-25-2011, 10:52 AM
Do you have any foxtail in your hay? 2-3 years ago, the barn I was at had an outbreak. Horses got sores in their mouth and on their lips, and a few colicked.
    10-25-2011, 12:35 PM
Green Broke
I'm going to check it closely for foxtail when I go today, because another horse in the barn had something similar and they said it looked like a chemical burn, but he was the only one at the time so we all just assumed he'd gotten into something for whatever reason.
    10-25-2011, 12:37 PM
Green Broke
So I know what foxtail looks like when it's green and growing someplace, but I can't seem to find a photo in google images of foxtail inside a flake of hay...anyone know what it looks like/what I should be looking for when it's all dried up and baled?

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