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        05-17-2010, 07:51 PM
    Green Broke

    Today when I went to visit Cinny he had something weird and peely on his face (only way I can describe it). It looks like a cross between big dandruff flakes and mildew. I didn't notice it Saturday, the last time I saw him before today.

    Saturday I gave him a bath and put MTG on his scrapes including the one on his forehead. That is the only thing different I can think of that I did. This is only on his right side just above his mouth. He hasn't been worked in a bridle with a caveson yet and is in a loose ring so I don't think it's something rubbing.

    Has anyone seen this before? Does anyone have any idea what it is? And does anyone know how to get rid of it? He doesn't act like it itches, it just looks...um ugly!

    Sorry the pics look foggy, I only had a cell phone with me and well, dummy me didn't realize the lens was smudged :(
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        05-17-2010, 07:58 PM
    He could be having an allergic reaction/sensitivity to bugs, or he could be getting too much sun.
        05-17-2010, 08:01 PM
    My horses get that sometimes, it should go away soon enough.
        05-17-2010, 08:06 PM
    Green Broke
    Looks like standard peeling from sunburn to me. Usually after they do it once around their face, on the darker skin, they don't do it again, like the skin toughens up or something. If he's getting a lot of sun exposure, and has any white on his muzzle, make sure to put sunblock on it. White/pink skin on noses sunburn badly.
        05-17-2010, 08:10 PM
    I think it looks like a sunburn as well... We have to put sunscreen on my horses nose because it always burns
        05-17-2010, 08:41 PM
    Green Broke
    Oh, ok...feeling a little more relaxed now. He has been getting a LOT more sun now, so that's probably it. I have just never seen this before on any of my horses.

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