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Old 06-11-2007, 08:54 PM   #1
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Can Horses Have Cold Sores?

I have a 2yr old im trying to sell and i was looking at his lip today and saw a blister of some sort on his lip. My boyfriends aunts horse had the same thing on his but i can't get a hold of her to ask her what it was! Does anyone know if its possibly for a horse to get a fever blister or a cold sore on there lip?
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:57 PM   #2
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First of all, Hi from Arkansas!

They can get warts on their lips. I don't know much about them because I have never had a horse with them. They can also get sunburned (pink skin).
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:09 PM   #3
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Well he has a pink nose and i know he is deff. sunburned, but its almost on the inside of his lip like where his lips touch together, and its the size of a nickel and flat across the top. its weird looking?
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:18 PM   #4
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You might take a picture of it and post on here. Some of the others will probably be able to tell you what it is.
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:21 PM   #5
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I'm guessing that its from the sun, if they get burt they get sores. Can you put sunscreen on your horses face to prevent it from getting any worse.
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I agree with the first post tho. Young horses from the ages of 1-3 maybe even four if late bloomer get what horse ppl call 'baby warts' they fall off after awhile, but once one shows up .. well alot more should shortly after.

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Old 06-12-2007, 07:28 AM   #7
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Hi! This is my first time posting after reading for years so I'm not sure if this will turn out right. Anyway, my mare had these and the vet and other knowledgeable people said it was bot fly larvae burrowing into the mouth. I read up on it and it sure sounded like they were right. I wormed her with ivermectin and she cleared up in about 3 weeks. It was a horrible sight and painful for her. They weren't the regular small warts on the muzzle that some young horses get but actually where the lips meet like you described and the same size as you said. She was also pretty scabby along her top line which was another indication of the bot flies. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:06 AM   #8
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thanks so much, for all of your help. you guys are really very helpful !
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:46 AM   #9
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Hi there! I have heard that horses can get cold sores or a horsie version of the herpes virus. Here is an article I found about it.

http://www.vetpro.co.nz:888/Vet%20Ta...and_horses.htm

I remember hearing that they had a big outbreak in China recently involving a huge horse competition and I remember thinking that it would be hard to keep it from spreading if you think about horses using the same buckets, blankets, bits etc. Yikes! Anyhow there is more online but it does exist anyhow.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:13 PM   #10
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How quickly will warts show up? I have a yearling that started with a sunburn and now has a muzzle full of warts. Like none - to covered in less than a week. Will tea tree oil help? How can I tell the difference between warts, sunburn, or an allergy?
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