Horse dribbling food...

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Horse dribbling food...

This is a discussion on Horse dribbling food... within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Horse dribbling food when eating
  • Horse dribbles food when eating

LinkBack Thread Tools
    03-24-2009, 09:59 AM
Horse dribbling food...

Most people on here are familiar with my horse...check my "barn" if you don't. Well I've been somewhat worried about him lately because he's dribbling food. I've had the vet out twice to check his teeth...wet the food...changed feeding buckets...all the normal stuff. He still is dribbling though. He eats at ground level in one of those black rubbery buckets...Triple Crown Low Starch mixed with his supplements.

Anyway...I was wondering if anyone else just had mystery dribblers. I'm beginning to wonder if he is just dribbling out of laziness or lack of "competition." He is now living alone at our new house...when we boarded he was quite aggressive (kicking stall walls, pinning ears at other horses across the hall) with his food and never dropped a niblet.
Sponsored Links
    03-24-2009, 10:33 AM
I'm guessing its being very relaxed while eating, if you ruled out teeth. Though, it could be other factors too causing him any pain. Ulcers come to mind...
    03-24-2009, 10:39 AM
Is he just dropping it all over or slobbers too?
Some horses are messier eaters than others, but he's not old enough to be developing the old horse "spooge" that comes with loose lips, so at the risk of being re"dun"dant, might want a second vet take a peek in there.
Does he have large canines (behind the first set of teeth, in front of where the bit rests)? When the vet was out last week to do dental work, he filed down canines on one of my boys, and he's stopped dropping food since then, so I wonder if that could be it.
Not knocking your vet, but they are people, and I used to have a vet that was great at stitching wounds with comsetic brilliance, but I wouldn't let her touch my horses' teeth, but she was my go-to for other things. Perhaps you can find a second vet with a good rep for dental work? Some vets think you are supposed to file the teeth flat,but they need a bevel to grind properly, so your vet may have actually created a problem if he floated them wrong. Doesn't mean he's not a good vet,just that teeth aren't his strong point....
If your horse has always been messy, then that is possibly just his way,but I find unless there's something wrong or their old, they don't just drop food.
    03-24-2009, 12:10 PM
I have a messy eater. Doesn't matter if his teeth have just been done or are needing to be done. Part of his problem is he's a nosie nellie, so as he's eating he's looking around and dropping food. Since they get regular dental care and he eventually cleans everything up I don't really think about it. He's 17 and I've had him for 10 years, been like this since day 1.

Does this look like a horse that's missing meals? LOL

    03-24-2009, 05:59 PM
I don't think its an ulcer as he seems super relaxed in everyday life...coat and tail shiny.

Barefoot...I think that is my next step...a second opinion. I tried this new vet because he was accessible and you know as well as I do how convenient that is with a baby girl around the house. Looks like we will be making the drive to who I considered my "tooth guy" before we relocated.

Thanks for the input everybody!
    03-24-2009, 06:12 PM
Green Broke
My boy is a messy eater. He is 4 years old and just had his teeth floated. Still drops a lot - but he spends more time looking around at everything else going on than paying attention to his food.
    03-24-2009, 07:41 PM
I had one until I called an Equine Dentist!! Vet had checked her teeth said they were fine, ED came and did them and no more dibbles ;)

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What is the strangest food that your horse have been eaten? DutchHorse Horse Talk 39 11-26-2008 08:47 PM
SEVERLY starved horse, need help with food ASAP JustUs Horse Health 25 11-12-2008 04:01 PM
Horse pushy for food.... melinda27858 Horse Talk 15 02-06-2008 10:17 PM
New Horse, Food Stubborn NJ02Z71 Horse Training 6 05-10-2007 03:16 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:29 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0