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  • Tongue injury in horses
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    06-05-2013, 10:31 PM
I think I can see something wrapped towards the back of the tongue.. I am not sure if your horse will let you reach in there without you getting your hand injured (mine let me - I have had my arm in their mouths past my elbow to do a rescue move on an eaten plastic bag before). Do you think you can palpate to see if there is a string or something wrapped around the tongue?
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    06-05-2013, 10:36 PM
I'd probably have to sedate her. I took a video of me pulling her jaws open because she wouldn't let me grab her tongue to pull it out and check. The pictures are from the video. I can upload one more that's kind of blurry but looks like something is wrapping her tongue.

At first I checked the bit because her tongue was discolored and I thought something was wrong with the bit. I feel so stupid for not probing further than that. I'm glad I took the video though so I could study it.
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    06-05-2013, 10:41 PM
Another pic of her tongue

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    06-05-2013, 10:43 PM
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But my goodness is it dark! And it does seem like there's something wrapped around it..
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    06-05-2013, 11:12 PM
Is that discoloration of her tongue? Like black looking? And in the back it looks like the tongue is narrower, like perhaps its either swollen up front or had something tight over it in the back......I will be back shortly....
    06-05-2013, 11:14 PM
Please read this with swollen itchy tongue and it went black....

What is wrong with him?
    06-06-2013, 02:42 AM
Ok, so I made a midnight run to the barn with Iseul to probe inside Raina's mouth and make sure nothing was cutting off the circulation.

I thought for sure all the horses would run in the pasture when they saw flashlights, but Raina walked right up to me. Anyways, I have her a dose of vita-calm and twitched her since the BO wasnt answering her phone to see if she had a sedative and after a couple tries, I managed to pull her tongue through the side of her mouth to see it.

I'm really not a tongue expert at all. I know they are supposed to be pink. That's the extent of my knowledge.

I had to hold Raina's twitch and her tongue while Iseul studied her mouth with the flashlight and deducted that she couldn't see anything wrapped around her tongue.

Symptoms include: dark tongue, yawning motion. No extra salvation though like the other post indicated.

I'm guessing I should call my vet tomorrow and see what she recommends.
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    06-06-2013, 08:15 AM
Yes please keep us posted on what the vet says..
    06-06-2013, 12:25 PM
I did a Iot of research online and everything I came across said not to worry about it. There seem to be several different plants that will dye a horses tongue black.

Some said it made the horses tongue, teeth and gums black. Other stuff said it will only coat the top of the tongue.

Looks like I will be yanking open the mouths of a lot of pasture ponies today. We have a new horse who didnt display a black tongue and is pasture boarded, but he's only been here for 4 days and still and outcast in the herd. So maybe he hasn't eaten whatever she has eaten.

Anyways, I'm going to check the other horses before I call the vet. Everything I've researched on the web says I shouldn't worry.
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