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Kristen Mintz
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Username: Kristenm

Post Number: 14
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2005 - 2:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a 14 year old Arabian gelding whom when he drinks some of the water seems to come back out his nose. Why is this?
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Karen Nolte
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Username: Morg1

Post Number: 58
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2005 - 5:38 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I just purchased a horse a week ago that I witnessed doing this same thing, and have been considering posting the same question. I too would like to know why this happened.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 13895
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Thursday, Oct 13, 2005 - 7:15 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

They are drinking faster than they can swallow it all, the result is a bit comes back out the nose. I presume there are no other symptoms like a stressful look, cough, or respiratory noise when exercised.
DrO
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Kristen Mintz
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Username: Kristenm

Post Number: 15
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Friday, Oct 14, 2005 - 7:31 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

He has no stressful looks, or respiratory noises when being exercised, but he does cough sometimes. Is there a way to get them to slow their drinking?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 13907
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Friday, Oct 14, 2005 - 11:33 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

The question next becomes is this too rapid a drinking or is their a physiological problem with swallowing that makes normal drinking too fast? Does he drink his water very fast?
DrO
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Kristen Mintz
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Username: Kristenm

Post Number: 16
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Friday, Oct 14, 2005 - 11:49 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

It doesn't seem to me that he drinks any faster than the other horses do.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 13914
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Saturday, Oct 15, 2005 - 10:41 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

If this is just a occasional thing I personally would ignore, you see this ever so often, usually with a little white stringy mucous with it. If this is a constant problem, and the coughing associated with it is persistent or increasing, you could consider having the horse scoped to see if there is a problem in the pharynx, where the water gets diverted to the nostrils. Considering the lack of other symptoms this is a low percentage procedure but the next logical step.
DrO
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Ouida Bargeron
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Username: equine9

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Friday, Nov 6, 2009 - 2:03 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I came across this post and was wondering.... I have an older Belgian mare that I just got (she is a rescue) and I have noticed that she is drinking her water kind of fast w/some coming out both sides of her nose. She traveled all the way from PA to GA. She still wants to eat, is not depressed or lethargic, her temp, respirations and pulse have all been normal too. She has started getting a runny/ almost snotty nose and mild occasional cough. I called the vet but she can't make it until Monday and I was just trying to see if anyone had any suggestions on what it might be and what I could do until the vet makes it out.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: dro

Post Number: 24053
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Posted on Saturday, Nov 7, 2009 - 7:29 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Welcome Ouida,
Without any vital sign abnormalities, I would not be too concerned. This may well be related to a water deficit following travel and now trying to make up for it. As she becomes hydrated hopefully she will slow down.
DrO
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Ouida Bargeron
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Username: equine9

Post Number: 2
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Monday, Nov 23, 2009 - 10:35 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thank you so much DrO!
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