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Warts in horses are usually caused by a horse specific Papilloma virus. They can appear at any life stage of your horse life. They can appear anywhere on your horse’s body with the typical regions being their muzzle, lips, ears, and genital region. Their appearance is what you would expect it to look like, which are little growth like lesions attached to your horse on little stalks. In most situations, the warts are not a detriment to your horse’s health and the condition spontaneously resolves on its own. However, in some situations it can cause a health related concern so if the warts persist more than 6 months, get your vet out as they may want to pursue immune deficiency related illnesses as the cause.
There are some treatments out there you can choose to use on the lesions, but since they resolve on their own, the actual effect of trying to treat them yourself is not worth it and as your horse is getting a runny nose id defiantly stop! Most horses do not seem to be bothered by the warts and function normally with or without them, is not a medical emergency. Although I do recommend booking routine blood work test just as a precaution as there could be other things going on with your horse’s system that just are not presenting themselves yet.
Hope this has helped 🙂