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post #1 of 3 Old 09-01-2010, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Do I call the vet out?

Went out this morning to feed the girls and noticed they were both drooling...At first it wasnt that bad and I just figured they were hungry so I gave them both their oats. Then Magic got finished and practicaly had a waterfall coming out of her mouth. Poke was dripping but wasnt near as bad as Magic. I threw them their hay and went over to Magics feeder...It was full of saliva. So much that her remaining oats were floating around. I watched them eat their hay and they werent dripping anymore....What was going on? Do I call the vet?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-01-2010, 08:50 AM
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I don't know if this is right but apparently clover can do that I think, it was in another thread and I remember reading
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-01-2010, 08:56 AM
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Its most likely from a fungus on the clover. Out horses had been doing it too that last couple weeks, the vet happened to be out when they were doing it and wasn't at all concerned about it. As long as they aren't doing anything else besides the drewling, I wouldn't worry about it.

I just looked it up the fungus is called Rhizoctonia leguminicola. "This fungus produces an alkaloid called slaframine, which is responsible for the excessive drooling and slobbering. Slaframine stimulates the salivary glands and smooth muscles."

If possible, you can move the horses to another pasture that might not have as much clover. Its also possible that the fungus is in your hay as well, although since you said it stopped when they were eating hay, it sounds like its just in the pasture.

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