drooling horse...plz help!!

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  1. cowgirl_up2005

    cowgirl_up2005 Full Member

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    Ok heres the story...about every summer my 10 yr old QH starts to drool constantly. She dosnt have any problems with her teeth...does not spit her feed out, wont fight the bit when i ride her and whats werid is that she only does it in the summer. In the spring, fall and winter she stops and dosnt start back up till summer. And now she has my 5 yr old QH do it to and he dosnt have any problems with his teeth eaither. so im stumped at it and i would like some help with it. Thank You.
     
  2. 3WishesDun

    3WishesDun Senior Member+

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    She is probably eating something in the pasture like clover...

    some info from the web

    This condition is caused by a toxin called slaframine, that is produced by a fungus called Rhizoctonia leguminicola. The toxin causes excessive salivation. This fungus grows on legume plants (white clover, red clover, alfalfa, aslike clover, etc.) and is more prevalent during wet weather. You may be able to observe the fungus growing on plant leaves. It shows up as black, brown, or gold spots or rings on the leaves. This condition, known as Equine Slobbers, is not dangerous to your horse as long as you provide plenty of water so they do not get dehydrated. They can salivate up to 12-15 gallons a day in severe cases.

    There is no real treatment and usually clinical signs will stop after a few days. If you are concerned, then the best thing to do is take your horse off pasture so they are not ingesting the toxin. Sometimes they can get the mycotoxin from alfalfa hay but the toxin breaks down quickly in stored hay limiting clinical signs from hay ingestion.


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  3. cowgirl_up2005

    cowgirl_up2005 Full Member

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    is there any way you can the clover outta the pasture?
     
  4. codyntampa

    codyntampa Senior Member+

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    probably not, clover grows in huge patches most of the time..drooling really isnt the most pleasant thing, but it isnt bad either, I would just try to deal with it. Just make sure you wipe her mouth off after you ride and stuff so it doesnt dry and get crusty. Its also a mess when showing, so make sure you have a groom with a towel to wipe up some of the mess before you go into the ring
     
  5. CJ

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    Clover slobbers can be a serious problem. My horses's breeder LOST a couple, incl a beautiful lotsa-chrome yearling, to C/S dehydration. Broadleaf dessicant or most weed killers will whack clover, but obviously youd have to use W/ great care in & around a grazing field. Talk to a farm agent or feed store.
     
  6. ejforrest

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    Red clover can cause slobbering when grazed in the summer months. Both photosensitivity and slobbering are a result from a mold that grows on the clovers in hot, humid weather. The best answere is to remove the horse from the pasture for a few hours a day and give her hay that does not contain clovers.
     
  7. Lil.Red-Enza

    Lil.Red-Enza Senior Member+

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    I would say talk to someone who is a specialist in this and get rid of the clover somehow, without using pesticides, because otherwise your horse could graze where the weed wacker stuff has been sprayed and it could cause more serious problems.
     
  8. Zoomarsgirl

    Zoomarsgirl Senior Member+

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    She's probably just eating clover. Nasty, nasty stuff! LOL.. :)
     
  9. Lindsayanne

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    I wonder if adding an electrolyte supplement to encourage them to drink more would be a good idea?
     
  10. cowgirl_up2005

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    i duno but i wonder if maybe mowing it down and trying to keep the clover from growing real big would be a help to...or maybe even cut down on the drooling a little. every little bit helps
     

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