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post #1 of 10 Old 09-07-2013, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Question Excessive drooling

My horse was excessively drooling today. Any idea what that is caused by. I had just given him a flake of alfalfa right before we got him out in the arena. We're training for an upcoming endurance ride and he looks thinner. Wanted to give him a little extra.

At first I thought he had something wrong with his mouth, hay caught in the bit. That wasn't the case. No choking but was mouthing the bit which he never does. Took the bit out, no problem except for copious drooling. Then put the bit back in. Rode lightly for 15 min then quit.

He had poop in his stall and pooped in the arena while riding so I don't think it was colic but was worried about that. Any ideas? I later noticed a moldy flake of hay in the remaining alfalfa. If I did inadvertently give him a flake of moldy hay could that have caused the drooling? What else could it cause?

Could it be related to his increased workload?

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-07-2013, 08:32 PM
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My guess would be clover. Happening to both of my Guys right now :)
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-07-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so that means it's nothing to worry about?
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If there is a lot of clover in your fields than that would also be my guess.
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I have seen horses drool so much after eating clover that it looks like they have water pouring out of their mouths! But for some reason, it doesn't affect my mare. Hubby's horse sure drools after eating it though.
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Clover! Haha We call it slobber weed. The horses that are out 24/7 (if there's A LOT of it) usually form little lakes under their feet because they drool so much! Not dangerous in the slightest, just a little inconvenient when you go to put a bit in their mouth and get more then you bargained for!
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Yup Clover! My boy looks like a fountain when he opens his mouth lol

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I agree that it's most likely clover. Just make sure he has access to water at all times to not become dehydrated.

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This is the right time of year for Slobbers, caused by a fungus on certain types of clover. It's not harmful to the horse but is annoying to all involved. Clover Slobber in Horses

That being said, some other things that can cause drooling are:

1. Tumors or polyps deep underneath the tongue (I've had experience with that).

2. Tumors or lymph node swellings in the throat.

3. Tooth issues.

If you know your horse has not had any exposure whatsoever to clover, I would have the vet check him
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Thank you all so much. I think it is clover slobbers. It's a pretty impressive amount of drool, that's for sure. Just wanted to make sure he was ok.
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