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    07-05-2008, 12:12 PM
sores on lips

Yesterday Gem and Vega were just relaxing and both their lower lips were hanging low. I made both of them talk. Then somehow I got the idea to look IN their mouth (by gently pulling the lower lip down)

Gem had 2 good sized sores on his lower lip. One was around the size of a dime (maybe smaller) and the other one was like the size of an eraser on a pencil. I got alarmed and checked Vega and she had a very tiny one on her bottom lip, and then upon further investigation, she had another tiny one on her upper lip.

What exactly is this?
Could it be from them eating grass now?
What can I do to treat this?
Should we call out a vet?

Gem's looks a lot worse compared to Vega. It looks to be swollen behind it (if that's possible) but he is eating and drinking just fine.
Could it be similar to a cold sore?
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    07-07-2008, 01:21 AM
Could be warts. Apparently this is reasonably common, especially in young horses, tho I've never seen it. Apparently doesn't happen if horse has enough copper in their diet. Ask your vet or feed store if they have any medicated stuff you can put on them too.
    07-07-2008, 10:52 AM
They definitely look more like sores, and its in their mouth, but on their lips. They're not on the outside.

I looked at them yesterday and the seemed to look better, though I didn't really have a good look.
    07-07-2008, 01:46 PM
Sounds like they ate something in the pasture. Some types of clover can cause sores. You might want to take a walk and see what's out in the field. Buttercups? While most horse's won't eat buttercups, the leaves are toxic.
    07-07-2008, 01:48 PM
Is there a site with plants horse should not/cannot eat? I think i'll print that out and have them handy as I walk the field.

Thanks for that :)
    07-07-2008, 02:28 PM
Green Broke
Of course there is :)

Also, weird question, but are they on any garlic? I fed garlic for about 2 weeks a while back...justin got sores similar to what you're talking about...
    07-07-2008, 02:31 PM
Thanks so much for those sites!

They are not on garlic. Though Gem was on Bute for like a week, and he's getting a new joint supplement, but I doubt there's any garlic in there.

Vega doesn't get any supplements or anything. She just gets her bit of grain and all the grass she wants.
    07-07-2008, 02:33 PM
Green Broke
I don't think bute would cause it - i'm pretty sure there's no garlic in there :)

Hmpf...wonder what it is then??
    07-07-2008, 02:39 PM
I'll go out in the field today and see what I find.

I told the barn owner and showed her, and she had no idea what it was either. We are going to keep an eye on it, but I just find it so weird.

Could it possibly be stress related? They did just move there, and for Gem especially he went through a lot.
    07-07-2008, 03:23 PM
I have no idea what it is, but I'd like to see a picture, just cause I'm nosey .

Hmm, Toby had a pimple on his lip the other day (in-grown whisker) but it was pretty obvious what it was. He was all embarrassed (reads ANNOYED ) when I was picking at it trying to figure it out. . LOL That's the closest thing I've got for a related story.

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