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    01-12-2011, 05:59 AM
Green Broke
Black gunk out of mouth???

Okay so this is werid..
Went over to the horses to feed them called Buzz over he does his nicker and then plods over, I was all excited cos I had a new fly mask for him and wanted to try it on, so I didn't really relize he was holding his head all outstretched I was like nawww he's making it easier for me... but then he was chewing.. and there was all this black gunk coming out of his mouth, he continued to chew for a bit and was licking his lips like he was eating it and withen a minute or so it was all gone...
I was sortof shocked the whole time, I had finished putting on his fly mask by the time a relized, it was like slober but black...
I then walked over to where he was standing before I got there and there was nothing there that it could of been.
He was fine after was eating his food, nothing to suggest anything was wrong...
Does anyone know what this could be?
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    01-12-2011, 10:18 PM
Green Broke
Just bumping up...
I mean Buzz seems to be in fine health otherwise he ate all his food, is still looking for cuddles.
This morning I went for a ride, nothing to strenuous, just walked and a bit of trotting.. well I was practising my 2-point position at a trot and we had gone around the arena 2 times? And Buzz starting coughing reall bad and slowed down to a walk... I was freaking out so I got of and ended riding there... freaked me out.
But after that I walked him around a bit and he seemed fine untacked, fed him waited about half hour and took his pulse which is normal.
I still don't have a thermonter yet... but thinking of getting one today, hopefully.

But has anyone heard of that at all??
    01-12-2011, 10:18 PM
Green Broke
Oh and no more black gunk came out of his mouth
    01-13-2011, 01:06 PM
I'm not sure but it could be an infection or maybe a bad tooth? The black gunk leads me to think a rotting tooth, but the coughing suggests he is sick. You should probably ask a vet.
    01-13-2011, 01:11 PM
Green Broke
Usually if there is black it means internal bleeding...right?
    01-13-2011, 01:20 PM
I just remembered that in people some types of fungus grow in the mouth and can result in black discharge from the mouth. I'm not sure if this can happen in horses too but I thought I would bring it up. Definitely have a vet out.
    01-13-2011, 01:23 PM
Green Broke

I know what you are takling's moss-y looking..right?..the fungus.
    01-13-2011, 01:34 PM
The fungus of the mouth that people get is Thrush, just like horses get in their feet. I actually don't know if horses can get it in their mouths, but I suppose they could! Thrush in the hooves will produce black crud. Can you call your vet and ask?
    01-13-2011, 01:43 PM
OP, you're in Australia. You might want to have a vet come see your horse as anthrax is possible, especially considering the weather y'all have been having.

Anthrax is generally a cow/sheep disease, but horses can get it too if the conditions are right.
    01-13-2011, 08:20 PM
Green Broke
Okay I will have to call my vet thanks everyone.
Speed Racer I'm in WA where its still sunny could he still get it?

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