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Drifting 09-16-2012 11:42 AM

Juvenial Warts
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Hi guys!

So, my little guy was shipped to me with warts (though I was forwarned by the breeder ahead of time.) The barn owner where I board him is a breeder, and familiar with them so there was no problem with him being transported here. We keep him away from the other young horses so they (hopefully) don't spread. He's in a field with a 5 year old and a 12 year old, and no one touches him but me ( and I don't go pet the other babies without washing thoroughly.)

Onto my question! The vet says they go away on their own, and I could lance them if I really want to, but I've just been keeping an eye on them to see what they do.

Does anyone know anything that might make them go away faster besides lancing? Tested home remedies like some people have for human warts?


Ignore his dirty nostrils. I forgot to wipe them off before picture time.

and for those who don't know what warts is, because I didn't, apparently they can show up on younger horses ( I beleive 2 and under) and spread quite easily to other young horses.. and take a few months to go away. That's not the most technical definition, but the gyst of it.

Trinity3205 09-16-2012 12:20 PM

I know some people think this is nuts, but it has never failed to work for me so far. Even worked on a camel who had warts on his muzzle when he came in to the theater I was working at (who knew camels got warts too?)

All we ever do is crush the most prominent warts with a pair of pliers. If there is only a few, we crush them all, if there is alot, we crush the more prominent ones kinda spread out over the muzzle. Just best judgement really. Thats it. Even the vet told us to try it, and Ill be danged, those warts healed up in a few weeks to a month or so.

I guess the theory is the trauma forces the body to get to healing and fighting them off? No idea but Its worked all 4 times we have tried it including on a camel. *shrug* Doesn't hurt them either if your worried about that. Dont squeeze any muzzle tho! Just the wart. if they are more flat, you probably cant crush them. Wait till one is bigger and more pronounced.

deserthorsewoman 09-16-2012 12:54 PM

Baby warts we call them. The young horse needs to get its immune system working and will get rid if them. Old saying: if you treat them it takes 3 months, if you don't, 90 days.
I would NOT mess with them, justkeep doing what you're doing regarding the other horses.

I had a horse who was "treated" for them and he ended up with a LEG full of them, needed a year of intensive treatments and they still didn't all go away.
So, just let nature run it's course
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SEAmom 09-16-2012 01:11 PM

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I never messed with my horse's warts when he was a baby. He got them from a filly and the owner never messed with hers either. I'd leave them alone, personally.
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cakemom 09-16-2012 09:42 PM

I put tea tree oil on Flickas. Three days later I peeled them right off and it's healing now.
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Kayty 09-16-2012 10:31 PM

I'd just leave them alone. They're totally normal.
My youngster had then really badly for about 4 months earlier this year, all around his muzzle, nostrils up his cheeks and even around his eyes.
I just kept him hidden away until he was presentable again ;)
They don't hurt the horse in any way, so I see no reason to create pain or stress by trying to remove them. I can't imagine my yearling would have taken kindly to me trying to squash his warts with pliers!

Trinity3205 09-16-2012 10:54 PM

The ones we did never knew it happened. I swear, it worked lol I think it forced the immune system to jump into gear...But hey if the UT vets says try it, imma try it LOL

Drifting 11-11-2012 08:42 PM

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So, these haven't gone away yet. They've gotten much much worse (though it's nice to hear its not as bad as some, thank you Kayty)

However my BO is a little concerned that they may not be warts, but sarcoids. They're starting to form along the inside of his nostril (just a little bit) and the corners of his mouth so I'm getting a little concerned about them as well. Even though the vet saw them once (they were almost non-exsistant,) i'm going to go ahead and call them out again just for peace of mind.

Drifting 11-11-2012 08:45 PM

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This is what it looked like last month, so they've gotten really bad the last few weeks.

Janna 11-11-2012 08:47 PM

Yuck. A filly I had got them, they did actually clear up on their own after about 6 months. But they weren't quite that bad

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