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    04-28-2008, 12:18 PM
Grain coming out my horse's nose

I am new here and new to horse ownership too! I purchased a horse from an auction a week or so ago against the advice of everyone! He is my first horse ever so I am totally new to this world of horse issues. I did have him vet checked a week ago and she said that he looked fine, from what she could tell, but if stuff was still coming out of his nose is 3 to 4 weeks to call her back.
So the issue is when I feed him his grain there seems to be some coming out of his nose. Also he will cough and a bunch will come back up and out of his mouth. I don't know if he is just eating too fast from having been starved in the past or what. I have thought about the possibility of a cleft palate too. If anyone has ever heard of anything like this let me know. I would love to have the knowledge of more experiened horse-people.

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    04-28-2008, 12:34 PM
Horses usually eat little and often. I would suggest breaking up the amount of grain he usually gets over 2-4 feedings / day... I know its not always possibe to do that due to our busy schedules. If you can I'd give it a try. My horses used to act like vaccume cleaners when we first got them then they would cough and gag up some grain... :roll: They have slowed down now that they know they get fed on a regular schedule. I feed grain 1x/day since they have slowed down.
    04-29-2008, 12:29 PM
It sounds like he might be eating too fast and sucking it up into his nose. My mare eats her grain really fast. I have taken a small salt brick, broken it up and placed it into her feeder. She has to work around the chunks of salt in order to get to the grain. This has slowed her down considerably.
    04-29-2008, 05:13 PM
Sounds like the horse has Choke. OR there could be a perforation in the roof of the mouth, leading to the nasal passages. In either case the vet needs to do a better job of checking on that.

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