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    05-10-2010, 12:06 AM

Whenever I work my horse, he gets white discharge from his nostrils. Is this normal or something I should be concerned about?
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    05-10-2010, 06:14 AM
How thick is it? Is it coming from both nostrils?
In my opinion if it was everytime you ride, I would get the vet out for a listen. Or you could do it yourself with a stethoscope. I know a horse at the barn I work at who has white, think, nasty, discharge that you would think the horse is sick, but she's not. The vet said it was because of her hay.
    05-10-2010, 08:01 AM
If it's a large amount of thick mucus I would think some kind of a Rhino virus (upper resp), and if it is accompanied by any coughing, listlesness or change in appetite I would call your vet.
If the discharge is very thin, white and ina trickle it sounds like allergy. 'Tis the season for allergies! If the horse shows no other symptoms I would tend not to be overly concerned about it. If there are other allergy synptoms there are management stepd you can take to help out your horse.
As always, if you are quite concerned, consult your vet.
    05-10-2010, 10:32 AM
Originally Posted by Horseychick94    
Whenever I work my horse, he gets white discharge from his nostrils. Is this normal or something I should be concerned about?
That would depend on whether it was one or both nostrils and what color it was and what the cause was.

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    05-10-2010, 11:16 AM
It's just hard to try and tell you what it is without a picture. Could you possibly post a picture. Here's what I think anyways. It's either an upper respiratory infection or as whitefoot stated, it could be her hay. Does it smell bad?? That's also an indication of infection.
    05-10-2010, 12:14 PM
The discharge is from both nostrils and is foamy.
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    05-10-2010, 12:15 PM
Cant see it in this pic. Sorry
    05-10-2010, 12:18 PM
It is this consistency but it is only a little tiny bit and is accompanied by clear discharge http://www.bhs.org.uk/Horse_Care/Campaigns/Exotic_diseases/~/media/BHSMain/Horse%20Care/Campaigns/AHS%20Peracute%20nasal%20discharg.ashx
    05-10-2010, 12:21 PM
I would consider that normal.......my mare does that when she works.

Super Nova
    05-10-2010, 12:23 PM
It is the consistency of that foamy soap in public bathrooms

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