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Pam
Posted on Tuesday, Jun 29, 1999 - 1:11 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have noticed the past several days that my horse slobbers excessively when he eats, especially hay. I have never seen this before. Since my horse is on bute daily (for arthritis) and has been since September 98, I am more cautious/careful about everything. Any ideas?

Thanks
pam
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Liz A.
Posted on Tuesday, Jun 29, 1999 - 10:34 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Pam,
Here in the Triangle area of NC, my vet has had several calls from clients, including me about slobbering. Apparently if you have red or white clover in your pasture in may have a fungus called blackpatch. It develops during hot, humid weather, which we have had. There is really nothing to do about it other than make sure your horse has plenty of fresh water and free choice trace salt. You can also call the extension services to come out and walk your pasture to identify the problem areas. As only two of nine horses were bothered by it, we decided to just let it run its course.
My horse was literaly dumping mouthfulls of water the first couple of days but is back to normal now. One person I know had every horse in one pasture drooling and foaming and no problems in the pasture adjacent to it.
Of course if the problem continues, you may want to check with your vet anyway to rule out any other possible causes. My first reaction was to check his mouth and tounge to see if there was a foreign body imbeded, and then worry if he was going to dehydrate on the spot!
Liz A.
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The Advisor Vet, RN Oglesby DVM
Posted on Wednesday, Jun 30, 1999 - 6:19 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I second Pams thoughts, I am getting daily calls right now about clover related slobbering. You should have the mouth examined for evidence of ulcers from the bute therapy just to make sure.
DrO
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Pam
Posted on Wednesday, Jun 30, 1999 - 7:16 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks Liz and Dr O

If this is a result of clover wouldn't he be slobbering all the time, not just when he eats?
Like I mentioned before, my guy only does this when he eats,(especially when he eats hay). When he is not eating, there is no slobbering or drooling.
I plan on checking my horse's mouth/teeth today. He is drinking plenty of water and has a mineral block in his stall.

pam
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Pamela Newport
Posted on Wednesday, Jun 30, 1999 - 11:34 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a gelding who slobbers while eating his pellets but not while eating the grass hay. My mare slobbers when she first starts eating the grass hay but not the alfalfa. The other two are normal. I've been wondering about this also. Both have had their mouths looked at.

Pam N.
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The Advisor Vet, RN Oglesby DVM
Posted on Thursday, Jul 1, 1999 - 6:46 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

While the increase saliva is all the time if he is not regularly opening his mouth he probably is swallowing it. Pam all I can say is life sometimes is just hard to explain.
DrO
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