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possible sunburned nose on bald face colt, nose is cracked and extremely dry?

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  • suz Original Poster
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    my 3 year old colt has a cracked and extremely dry nose, I have been putting stuff on it to try to get it to soften and heal, bag balm will be the next trick. Has anyone else had this problem. I am not sure if it is due to the dry air here in AZ, or irritated by the alphalpha, or what. If someone out there has an idea of how to heal it please reply.
    Thank you
    Suzi

    Jon Jon
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    I have used a diaper rash cream like Desitin on my chestnut mare’s nose. She is not keen about because of the smell, but it clears things up quickly. Since it has zinc oxide in it, it blocks the sun.

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    I use spf 70 on my pink nosed boy. It helps. But doesn’t get rid of the flakey, dry skin around his lips/nose. I haven’t tried desitin yet.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    Jon Jon
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    Give it a try. It works. The mare in the picture is the one I use it on.

    esmeralda
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    My belgian warmblood has a large blaze which sunburns easily. I use coppertone kids free. spf 50. any of the other lotions must be itchy because she will rub her nose in the dirt and get scratches. The coppertone kids free keeps her from getting sunburn and she does not get dry skin or scratches. the zinc oxide is the key. she doesn’t seem to mind the smell. it has little order as there are no additives. the drugstore people must think I’m nuts as I get 10 bottles at a time. She has a big nose!

    Lydia_3107
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    Last summer one of my ponies always got a sunburnt nose. It would crack and look like it had a bunch of scabs on it. I just use baby roll on suncreen before she goes out into the sun and it worked great. Everything went away after I started using baby sunscreen.

    pheets pheets
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    I also use a child formulated product on my Arab. He had suffered a second degree burn long ago and I think since then, he is quite sun sensitive as well as product sensitive, ‘specially as he ages. I DO find that in order to keep him covered, I need to at least check on him thru-out the day and end up re-applying at least once as he grazes it off. There are flymasks that have longer noses that can be helpful tho it will be 50-50 whether the horse will tolerate the longer front. He will not. Said so clearly.

    Slightly off but yet relative to the warmer temps, I smear a band of SWAT (pink works better than clear but looks funny : ) around pasterns, just below noseband level and under chin from lip to throat latch for tick repellent (keep tails off the ground, too). In New England, ticks are a given.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Pheets – try adding garlic powder to feed for a tick repellent. It does seem to work well for me. Also, guinea fowl.

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
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    Too many predatours here for guinea fowl to be of value, Joe-Joe, but thanks for the great suggestion! I have always wanted a few hens even tho their voices are worse than nails across a chalkboard..and there’s the new, from-the-city neighbours…

    I agree (natch : ) with the garlic tho the oil can be toxic if over used (granted: REALLY overused but some folks do believe and live by more and bigger always being better). I use Bug Check for my herd and while I am not sure it repels ALL insects, I believe it DOES slow down the ticks! The horses are definitely less bothered in general. Daily grooming, keeping the body surface area cooler (minimizing the sweat factour) and much hosing off thru the summer and keeping the place pristine seems to help a bit, too. Thing is, due diligence will only go so far, the rest requires bubble wrap and baling twine.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Guinea fowl have to be the dumbest things I have ever known. Luckily, they are good at reproducing. Last year, a bald eagle landed in one of the pastures, and all the stupid fowl ran to him, screaming “Grandpa!”, while the eagle sat there thinking “lunch”.

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    Yeah, “bright” is NOT the first word that comes to mind when describing guinea fowl : D

    Still like the suggestion tho, thanks : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    vmullen1
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    I had a (white and pink skinned nose) horse that had a dry, rough and peeling nose . I heard every thing from an allergy to sunburn. I tried all kinds of creams. The solution was a fly mask with a long nose (an extra piece that covered the nose). The masks also block UV rays. The masks also made another horse, with chronic moon blindness (Uveitis) more comfortable during flare ups.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Fly masks would be wonderful, if only my horses would wear them. Tired of hunting under piles of mud or (even better) fresh manure to find them! Last year, I had the best results for the insect problems with citronella fly spray. Hope it works again this year. Having wandered a mile or so off the topic, for those of us who cannot get fly masks on our horses, we have to search for alternatives, some of which may sound really strange. We have a few horses who are only turned out at night during the summer, for various reasons. Sometimes, that is all we can do.

    It is never the horse's fault

    ann_bastian
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    As a veterinarian I would urge you to involve your veterinarian to make sure it is nothing more serious. Some auto-immune diseases and skin cancers can start out just looking like dry, cracked skin.

    pheets pheets
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    Hi Dr. Ann : )

    Thank you for chiming in on this. I have noticed that after summer and once we are past the “goop application” season, my little Arab will develop the smallest crusty/scabby area on his muzzle. Same place, time and location for the past four years, same thing, all four years.. he has been here for almost ten. I have wondered if it be malignant yet it does not linger, spread, ooze anything, or seem to bother him (granted, I do not pick at it other than to be sure it is not progressing, I do not treat it). Goes away within a month of the first REAL frost… Curious that. Will definitely be chatting with my vet about it when she is out for Spring shots this year.

    I, for one, appreciate the heads up!

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

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