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post #1 of 14 Old 08-22-2014, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Help with Triggers nose!

I feel so bad for my boy. We recently moved to Central Oregon from the valley. It is way different climate over here. We went from wet, commonly over caste, not very many hot days to blazing sunshine in the mid 90's for days on end. We moved trigger her about 2 months ago from our old home. I was told to watch his hooves for cracking and such, but totally didn't think about his white nose and face markings! I feel so bad. I am sure the dryness and heat has caused this, but I was out of town for a week and when I returned his poor nose is so cracked and split up! I feel horrible. I am putting an aloe creme for horses on all around his nose and attempting to clean the bad spots- but he hates his face being messed with especially now that he has what I believe a horrible sun burn. Any recommendations for speedy healing and possibly something aside from aloe creme for comfort? I'm trying to apply it at least twice a day, but if I can I know it needs to be going on every few hours. Just helpful tips would be appreciated. I'm going to look for a mask that will cover more in hopes it will help. Thanks for any tips!
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-22-2014, 12:28 AM
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Get him a full-face fly mask. One that goes down to cover his nose.

Cashel Crusader Long Nose Fly Mask - Horse.com

If his nose isn't protected from the sun, it's just going to keep getting burned on top of burn.

Diaper rash cream (zinc oxide) helps soothe it, too.
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-22-2014, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I'm going to try and hit the local farm store tomorrow for a mask for sure, and I'll check out the creme. Do you think it would be wise to alternate the aloe and the zinc? Maybe do one every 4-5 hours and then swap to the other?
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-22-2014, 12:39 AM
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I would do the zinc during the day (extra sun protection, as well as soothing), and the aloe at night. The zinc should stay on pretty well, so you won't have to reapply it too often.
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-22-2014, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! :)
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-22-2014, 01:19 AM
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do you have a stall to stick him in during the hot part of the day ? Keeping him out of the sun would be the best thing for now.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-22-2014, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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I want to! I am paying a huge amount to board him where I am, but there is a horse that is injured that is normally full time in the pasture, so trigger is forced to be outside ALL day.
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-23-2014, 02:20 AM
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slather it in the zinc. Get a fly mask with nose piece. Poor guy
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-23-2014, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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I got a new fly mask with a nice long nose cover! And I've kept using the aloe, but I'm grabbing zinc tomorrow after work. I finally got it cleaned really well this morning, poor guy already doesn't like his face being touched, but after 30 mins I was able to touch his nose without him freaking out. :(
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-23-2014, 02:51 AM
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That mask will definitely help. My mare Angel has a white nose and with the intense sun here in AZ her poor nose gets all pink and tender. I got her the same fly mask DraftyAriesMom posted and she has had very minimal sun burn. It's surprising how well the nose part keeps clean.

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