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post #1 of 17 Old 09-18-2012, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Has your horse ever had a cold? Or allergies?

On Sunday when I was out at the barn I noticed that JT had a snotty nose just in the right nostril. The left one is fine but the right one had whitish liquid coming out of it. He was also snorting more than usual and itching his nose on his foreleg. I wiped away the snot and the crusty-ness with a damp paper towel and let him go back to eating. I didn't have a thermometer there so I couldn't take his temperature (darnit), but he wasn't acting like he felt sick. He was chowing down on the hay in his manger and seemed alert and like his usual self. I know he likes to stick his nose waaaay into his hay when he's eating it (like seriously almost up to his eyeballs), and I wonder if he's just snuffing up some dust from the hay or if he's catching a cold. The BO is helping me keep an eye on it for a few days.

Has your horse ever had allergies or a cold? Anything I should look for?
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-18-2012, 04:50 PM
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If he's acting normal other than the snotty nose, its most likely allergies. If the discharge is clear, that's a good sign. If it turns cloudy or green\yellow, it usually means there's an infection somewhere (be it the flu, sinus, teeth, etc. ) and then would be the time to have a vet take a look. If they do have a cold\flu, they normally run a temperature, are often off their feed a bit, and are cranky and tired. I'd keep an eye on him. If the discharge doesn't stop in the next few days, or if it changes color, I would give the vet a call (even if its just for advice- they will usually let you know if they think its something serious, or something to just monitor and see).
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Also, if his teeth havn't been checked in the past year, I would have him floated or checked, as mouth pain can also cause the nose to run (usually only out of one nostril).
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Also, if his teeth havn't been checked in the past year, I would have him floated or checked, as mouth pain can also cause the nose to run (usually only out of one nostril).
The dentist checked him back in February and said his teeth were fine, so hopefully I can eliminate that as a potential cause.
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Ditto all of the above.

I have one horse with environmental and food allergies.

He does not eat oats/corn/soy.

I tried the drug route for the environmental issues for three years and while, the TriHist helped a little, it amped him up more than it helped.

He's been on allergy herbs, seasonally, for the last four years and does fine with them.

He never had these problems until we moved to the Tennessee Valley where allergies prevail; unless a good wind comes along and carries the stagnant air away.

Get his teeth checked first, just to be sure
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My pony lives out in the summer and I went to check him one evening and he had a snotty nose and was snorting aswell. My uncle gave him an injection of penicillin and he was perfect the next day, just a small cold was what he had! Hope this helps :)
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post #7 of 17 Old 10-05-2012, 01:07 AM
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thick white snot

Hi I am a new member as of today. My horse has had thick white snot almost every day for months now. It just drips out in big globs He is 10. Healthy. Some days he is lethargic. Have not seen him being lethartic for some time now.
I have switched him to second cutting grass he was on 1st. Cutting, he has pasture clover w/grass. I was told he was allergic to alfalfa so he has never gotten any. I have owned him for 2 yrs. Ride 4-5 days a week.
Had a dential done 2 yrs ago. I have a dential coming up on the 21st. Oct. This vet does nothing but dentials 14 yrs experance, if nothing is found I will take him to be scoped.
Any one have an idea?
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On Sunday when I was out at the barn I noticed that JT had a snotty nose just in the right nostril. The left one is fine but the right one had whitish liquid coming out of it. He was also snorting more than usual and itching his nose on his foreleg. I wiped away the snot and the crusty-ness with a damp paper towel and let him go back to eating. I didn't have a thermometer there so I couldn't take his temperature (darnit), but he wasn't acting like he felt sick. He was chowing down on the hay in his manger and seemed alert and like his usual self. I know he likes to stick his nose waaaay into his hay when he's eating it (like seriously almost up to his eyeballs), and I wonder if he's just snuffing up some dust from the hay or if he's catching a cold. The BO is helping me keep an eye on it for a few days.

Has your horse ever had allergies or a cold? Anything I should look for?
Mine had a cold a couple of weeks back, if the snot turns yellow/green then I'd call the vet :) we called the vet for ours because it was a four month goal and my gelding. They got put on a course of antibiotics!
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-05-2012, 02:49 AM
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Thank you cmjs. He has had this for quite a few months I would say close to 9 months. It is off and on, sometimes stops for 2 weeks and then it is back. I have eliminated one thing at a time and nothing has helped. Like I say he is very healthy no breathing problem when ridden hard, never had fever, alert most of the time. Just has me baffled.
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Oh! Ah bless him! Hope you find what it is :)
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