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post #1 of 3 Old 07-02-2008, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Wild Parsnip Beware!

Oh goodness you guys! A couple days ago I knoticed that whenever I would try to put a halter or bridle on my horse she would severly shy away and showed sesitivity around her muzzle. There was no swelling or anything no change in attitude nothing just sesitivity. The next day it was covered in pus and red so I figured it was a bad sunburn. So we put some Zinc Oxide on it and the next day it was worse and her nose was discharging and she had trouble breathing. Our ferrier came out and looked at it and he said it looked like Wild Parsnip. It causes big blistering and irritation. Once they get it on them then the sun intesifies it and makes it come out and be worse. The vet came out and confermed it. She had some on her legs though but only the white legs becuase it affects the white pigment. The pink skin. It's the weirdest thing. We found some Wild Parsnip in our pasture that she had gotten into. Heres a few pictures of it:

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post #2 of 3 Old 07-03-2008, 08:38 AM
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There are a few other plants that cause photosenstivity. Milkweed did it for my paint and he loves to eat that junk. *sigh* He blisters all over his shoulder and face if he gets into it.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-03-2008, 09:28 AM
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Thanks for the heads up! Twister, my pink nose fellla, had some discharge and I pulled a few of those plants (8-10) out of thier pen last night. The pictures you posted were great I really appreciated it! I wasn't sure why he had a runny nose, and I had noticed a "sun burn"...I think this may have been it. It is not severe with him but thanks a million!

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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