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Old 03-22-2008, 07:11 PM  
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scab like skin around mouth and nose

I am looking at purchasing a horse but I noticed some scablike "things" around the mouth and on the rim of the nose of this horse and I have never seen anything like it. It is only noticeable up close and it feels like scabs as well. Has anyone ever seen this type of skin condition and what is it, is there a cure or is this "normal" this horse is an Apaloosa/Paint cross. Thank you for your help
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:13 PM  
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Sunburn? Sorry not much help!
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:20 PM  
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my guess would also be sunburn. Did you ask the owner about it?
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:18 PM  
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I have a horse that is allergic to clover and he gets these scaby things around his muzzle to... so it's very likely clover is the cause.
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:29 PM  
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My guess is sunburn if it is pink skin?
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Old 03-23-2008, 06:34 AM  
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No I did not ask the owner, I was surrounded by horses just thinking "OHHHHHHHH HORSEY"S" :luvmy horse: Kind of like a kid in a candy store after hours with no adult supervision then as I was driving home and thinking about the horses then like a light bulb I remembered"Duh, I wonder what those scabs were around the horses mouth". The horse does have light skin around the face. Thank you for your help.
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Old 03-23-2008, 07:17 AM  
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Sounds like warts that they can get from dew poisoning....if it's those, they will eventually go away
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Old 03-23-2008, 07:29 AM  
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My guess is a scarcoid.
"Generally being dry scaly masses that may ulcerate bleed, the main problems with a true sarcoid are those of secondary infection physical interference e.g. with tack. The key difference between sarcoids lymphomas is that sarcoids are benign, lymphomas are malignant. Sarcoids exist in several forms"
"Lesions commonly seen on head (periorbital, lips and muzzle), ventral abdomen and thorax (especially paragenital area) and limbs. Lesions may worsen following iatrogenic or other trauma (e.g. biopsy). Lesions may interfere with wound healing. Biopsy may lead to progression of lesion to more aggressive form! Do not biopsy unless you can treat the lesion as soon as results are available."


There is no cure for them and for the most part they don't hurt the horse--I had a stud with one in his ear--we had it removed but it grew back(his was a type that grew more like a ball--some are flat
Do you have a picture??
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:57 AM  
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Cowboy gets those every summer when I start him on pasture. They always go away on their own. My guess has always been they are either from the moisture or some type of weed.
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If they are actually raised little surfaces, a little crusty, then it sounds like sarcoids or warts. If the skin is peeling, could be sunburn. Do you have a picture, or can you find a picture that looks like it? Does the horse have a pink nose where the scabs are?
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:56 PM  
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Dew poisoning

I noticed you are from Michigan and I assume the horse you are looking at is in Michigan (or that area OH, IL) so this time of year dew poisoning is common as they are grazing on the new grass that is coming up with the moisture of the spring thaw. I was in MI until 4 years ago and we always had an "outbreak" this time of year. If you are really concerned about it, have the vet take a look when/if you do a PPE.
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Old 03-25-2008, 05:34 AM  
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My first thought was warts
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:36 PM  
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My paints that sunburn look like that. Avon skin so soft works great. High SPF and they all love it. Avon products are good for critters as they don't have all the perfumes in them. Avon skin so soft products. Don't know about the other stuff.

Going through this with sweet Lily right now.
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:48 PM  
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Sounds like sunburn. I have a paint horse that I had to put sunscreen on everyday especially in the Summer.
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