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post #1 of 17 Old 07-15-2013, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Excessive drooling from clover

So I know if horses get into clover they can drool excessively but my gelding has been drooling buckets. Not just dribbling. I bring him in every night to groom/feed and he will drool alot. It's almost as if someone is dumping a gallon of water on the floor that's how much he's been drooling.

Is it normal for him to drool that much from clover? I saw some of the other horses drooling alittle bit last week but I don't think anyone is drooling as much as him. Not even my donkey who is pastured with him is drooling.
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-15-2013, 09:13 PM
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Yes. That is normal for many horses.

should he be on clover with his navicular issues? Seems like it would be too rich for a horse on restrictions due to navicular.
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I mean I'm assuming its in his pasture? (although his pasture is grazed down to nubs) He's muzzled all night and un-muzzled during the day (8 hrs) so that's the only time I'm assuming he's getting into it. The vet never warned me about it so that's the first I am hearing about it. He's not restricted to anything due to navicular. He's muzzled because he has rotation(1-2 degrees) but neither vet or farrier think it was from founder.
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Maybe someone else will know. I am not familiar with horses with navicular, which is why I am curious.

Usually if a horse has a drooling problem, its due to an excessive amount of clover. Not chewed down to nubs. Keep an eye on it. Obviously. There could be another cause?
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I was just assuming its clover. The area the horses graze is chewed to nubs but there are weeds that grow around the fence line and in the middle of the paddock that they usually don't touch but he could be getting into it there (if its actually growing in there)

He's acting normal. Not acting dehydrated or lethargic. Just drooling everywhere lol.
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We have plenty of grass in the pasture but they love that durn white clover. Mine make ponds in the barn with their drool. It's really fun when you have one that will hold the drool in their mouth, stand over you and then let loose. There's nothing more disgusting than hot spit running down your back.
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post #7 of 17 Old 07-16-2013, 01:33 AM
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We call that slobbers. What I always heard it was, is that clover can get a kind of fungus on it that causes that reaction in horses. Our guys had it bad 2 years ago, but haven't had a problem since then... and from what I've heard it's not anything to worry about, just overreacting salivary glands. I could be wrong though!
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Salframine poisoning (the slobbers) is caused by a mycotoxin (mold) in the clover- we have red and white clover in our horse pastures year round and i havent seen them drooling- not sure if its OK to let them keep eating the infected clover or not- could cause colic.

Definitely talk to the vet about it and see what they think you should do.
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My horse has slobbers this year. It's incredibly gross because he likes to swish it around in his mouth and play with it, then let's it all go. If anyone finds a cure let me know! I can't change his pasture since I board.
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When I moved my Arab from CA to MD, she had a reaction to the clover, same thing, excessive drooling, like really excessive drooling, and there was definitely clover in the pasture. None of the other horses had a problem, and the vet said that some horses are just more sensitive to other, and my Arab having come from CA where there is no pasture, needed to get used to everything. She also had a really bad reaction to the gnats on her belly, neck, chest, and belly were all scabbed up, itchy and irritating. The next summer she had no problem with either thing, but I was really worried for a while. I would walk around the pasture, see where the clover may be, and possibly get rid of it. Our horses were rotated between 3 different large pastures, so it was impossible to actually get rid of the clover, otherwise I would have.
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