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    04-11-2013, 11:35 AM
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Pollen Snot:(

When I brought the horses in last night, I noticed my 25 yo had a funny-colored yellow-looking snot running out of one nostril. I know he's not sick, so I go about the business of getting supplements ready, all the while wondering what the Sam Hill is in his nose.

Pollen --- his nose was FULL of yellow pollen. He had clear liquid running from his nose and it was catching that yellow pollen on its way out - yuk yuk and more yuk.

I have four horses and a check of everyone's nostrils revealed pollen in the nostrils and it had gotten way up into their nose cavities -- even the horse with the grazing muzzle wasn't exempt

So a bunch of Vetericyn-Sprayed paper towels later, everybody had the pollen boogers completely removed. A water damp paper towel with a bit of Witch Hazel added, will also work.

We live in the Tennessee Valley and the pollen is so thick right now, it looks like fog at night, when we shine a flashlight. The water tubs have a layer of pollen on them every day and my car is not covered in dust, it's covered in pollen.

The point to this is, while most don't live in an area where the pollen just hangs around for days until a tornado wind comes along, or it just reaches its end of life, check your horses noses for stuff that doesn't belong in there. It could be why the horse is itching its nose more than usual

And don't forget the ticks - I was pulling those out from under the jowels too

All this and spring grass founder worries -- I'm having a hard time remembering why I used to look forward to Spring
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    04-11-2013, 12:42 PM
If you have no worries, and money, go get a horse....
But seriously, pollen nose is no biggie unless you have an allergic horse. They'll blow it all out eventually.
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    04-11-2013, 01:37 PM
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I can't stand to see that stuff in their noses. They like having their noses cleaned, so we're all happy for at least five minutes - lol

Honey Bees moved into a tree last year and they're still here -- at least there's somebody on this property that appreciates all that pollen
    04-11-2013, 01:39 PM
Walk, if you have honey bees you may want to call your state Wildlife Conservancy. Honey bees are protected now, since they've been dying off. The Conservancy will move the hive for you.
    04-11-2013, 05:30 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Walk, if you have honey bees you may want to call your state Wildlife Conservancy. Honey bees are protected now, since they've been dying off. The Conservancy will move the hive for you.
I thought they were protected these days, so I tried that last year without success.

I even called a couple bee keepers thinking they might be interested. Either nobody wanted to come out or, if they did, I had to pay them to remove the bees

The bees are not causing any problems where they are. They're in a big knothole in a tree down behind the barn - completely out of the way of everyone and everything.

I stopped mowing that tiny area last year because I didn't want to drive them away. The horses can't get near them but the tree is only about 40' from the fence.

They are honeybees because (A)they definitely don't attack and (B) I posted pics on a bee forum. Somebody told me that, for whatever, reason, they most likely left their original bee keeper's home and decided that knot hole looked like a good place to start over - lol

So far, the bees mind their own, so I'm happy to have them. I would have been happy to see them relocated to what I thought would be a safer and better environment but, nobody's interested and if they are, they want to charge me to remove them. That means they stay -- lollol

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