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post #1 of 33 Old 06-08-2010, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Possible buy drooling?

Drove 6 hours to look at an eventer TB in Maryland today.....and him and a few other horses were drooling. The owner said it was from the clover and that other weed with the broad leaf.....? She said they had a ton of it this year in the pasture and the horses always drooled when they ate a bunch of it, but it wasn't harmful. Anyone ever heard of this?
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I have heard of clover causing drooling, but I can't remember if it was toxic or not...

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Someone posted a reply to a doping question and one of the signs she listed was drooling.
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I've heard many times that clover causes drooling. Whether this is true or just one of those "everyone says it so it must be true" things, I'm not sure. But the explanation I've heard is that it is toxic enough to have excessive drooling as a side effect, but that's about it. No other really harmful effects. But, again, I have no idea if that's actually true
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I always heard not to let my horses eat a tonne of clover, because is can be toxic in large amounts...
(luckily for me none of them touch it, strange horses), but I'd also look out for drugging.
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It's incredibly common.

It's not the clover that causes the drooling, it's a fungus present on the clover at certain times of year. I'm in central Virginia and my pastures are full of both red and white clover and the horses drool like crazy. There are actually wet patches in the barn aisle in front of their stalls.

It is not harmful, and the clover is not toxic. As a matter of fact, since clover is a legume and not a grass, it's a very nutrient rich food. The risk from having horses have too much is founder! There's no other inherent problem in clover as a food that I'm aware of. I find it entirely credible that a horse on good pasture in Maryland at this time of year has the clover slobbers, as it usually called around her.

I've never heard of drooling as a symptom of being doped, but it that's a concern, have blood work drawn as part of the pre-purchase.
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Maura is correct we have the same issue in MD. It's not uncommon this time of year. It's only a PIA cause it seems like they hold the drool til they have a mouth full and then deposit on you ....

As far as being doped I have seen on ocassion a horse drool from it. Noting to worry about...

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As Maura said, very common. Once the horse is removed from the clover with the issue the drooling will stop.
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I go through that in periodically each spring. Even if drooling is a sign of doping (as I'm sure is the concern), it is the doubtful that an owner would drug all the horses at one time.

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post #10 of 33 Old 06-08-2010, 08:39 AM
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We have a big case of the drools at our barn right now, too.
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