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post #1 of 4 Old 11-12-2014, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Sores on Nose - Buttercups in Fall?

In September, I picked up a skinny gelding from a local old lady who couldn't afford feed. He's been with us for 2 months now.

About a week ago, he developed some shiny spots on his nose, one on each nostril. They were barely seeping clear liquid. After a couple days, they cracked open and are still open sores. No blood.

What changed recently?
-I added beet pulp & veg oil to his diet.
-He was moved to our big pasture which does have buttercups in the spring (nothing is blossoming now).

My other two geldings do not have this condition.

Can a horse have a reaction to buttercups even when they're not blooming?
Could it possibly be the veg oil?
Any treatment recommendations?

Thank you!

Monte - 15 year old Paint/TB
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-12-2014, 08:51 PM
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Both of my geldings had the exact same thing at the start of winter this year, I have no idea what caused it but we do have some buttercup in our pastures too. My neighbours horse also had it too, I applied manuka honey cream every day for a couple of weeks and they went away and havent come back since. Cant really help on the cause, one horse was new and it developed within a couple of weeks but my horse has been here for a year and never had it before. Possibly something to do with the changing of seasons?
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Interesting. It almost looks like he got caught on something.

It doesn't look like a reaction/allergy to me.

Maybe put some antibiotic on them.

Won't hurt to cut out the new stuff to see if it makes a difference.

Not that I can see much from that pic but he doesn't look that skinny.
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Thanks for the responses guys! Kiwi, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one! I'll start with some ointment and stop with the veg oil & beet pulp.

And Yogiwick, he's not too skinny anymore! He's been with us 2 months now and has lots of grass, dewormer, farrier care, etc. Just about time to start on the exercise regime!
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