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post #1 of 6 Old 09-14-2017, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Help with nose

My daughters pony has been rubbing his nose a lot of the fence and it's getting raw. Tonight is first night I noticed it was starting to bleed. What can I put on it to stop him from doing this, and what would cause him to?
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-14-2017, 09:47 PM
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Can't quite tell from the pic...any chance it could be sunburn, and or dry skin and its itchy so hes scratching it?
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-14-2017, 09:55 PM
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May be summer itch, my mare does it too, but not to this extent. It means (as far as I know) that their sweating makes them itchy, so they itch and rub out fur and/or cause bleeding. Maybe also the horse version of dandruff; their skin is dry so they itch?

However it could also be some sort of fungal infection. Speak to a vet on the phone if I were you and bring them out if they think it's necessary.

Buy some itch relief from a local feed/tack store so you can rub it on there once his wounds heal (try Swat to keep flies at bay, but some anti-bacterial wound spray might help it heal better).

But I don't know everything and I've never experienced this to this extent so definitely consult an expert.
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It looks sunburned to me; must be very painful. Corona works well for sunburn on my gelding with a blaze. Once his winter hair comes in it is not as bad.

Do they have shade? Mine stay in their stalls during the hottest part of the day. When we were at a boarder barn last summer, it was hard to keep him from getting burnt. Only thing that worked was keeping him stalled during the day and turn out at night.
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Take the picture you posted and text or email it to your Equine vet. Nothing gets their attention faster than a picture or video:)

For now get some of the WalMart brand diaper rash PASTE. It says 40% zinc oxide on the box. Until you can get to Walmart, any antibiotic ointment in your cupboard will help.

Whether that is sunburn, bacterial or fungal, the diaper rash cream won't hurt, will help reduce itching and inflammation and will also keep the flies off.

Also, if you can crane your neck upside down to look at her belly line, check for any raw spots there. If not, rub your hand down her belly line to feel for them. Believe me, if you come upon a raw spot you will feel it. Then be sure to tell the vet she has sweet itch in her belly:)
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^^^ Agree with this. I will say because it is only on the pink skin it looks more like sunburn to me and the desitin or equate equivalent will go a long way to healing and preventing it to happen again.
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