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post #1 of 6 Old 06-10-2009, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Possible mouth problems?

My gelding has a few things that seem odd to me.
a) he often takes mouthfuls of food (both hay and grain) and much of it falls out when he is chewing. He does not spit out partially chewed wads of food, it just falls out.
b) he drools. It's not a lot of drool, just strings of drool hanging from his lip when he is resting in his stall. His bottom lips tends to be droopy.

Before you jump to conclusions, I have had a VET look at his teeth, IT IS NOT HIS TEETH. These things don't seem like a huge problem to me, but the other boarders at the barn are constantly asking me about it so I am curious.

Has anyone met a horse who does these things? Personally, I just think my gelding is a sloppy eater and a bit of a slob. I don't think there is anything wrong with his health. I have only had him about 2 months and he has done these things that whole time.

Does anyone know of anything else that might cause these symptoms? (again, NOT HIS TEETH)

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-10-2009, 09:54 AM
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I think he is just a sloppy eater.My horse drops his grain all the time but not his hay.I do have a older horse that will spit out his chewed up hay, but he needs his teeth floated. As far as the drolling, I couldnt tell you what thats about.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-10-2009, 05:07 PM
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Could be a problem with his salivary glands. Is he on pasture? Could be from eating red clover. The fungus on the red clover can also be in the hay and cause drooling. Check your hay.
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Any chance he just doesn't really care for the taste? I recently tried to sneak a new supplement into my horse's grain. His took a mouthful and then opened back up a few seconds later and let it all fall out. He looked like a baby trying beets for the first time.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-11-2009, 12:52 AM
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i agree with you cherriebark, i think he might just have a lazy mouth

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-11-2009, 01:12 AM
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That is really odd

Quidding of food and drooling are normally signs of dental problems, I know you have had a vet look at his teeth ( well done ) but I would still keep sharp eye out for any problems with his mouth.

You don't have to risk getting your fingers squashed , rub the side of his face and feel/probe his teeth , he should show no signs of pain while you do this.

How old is your horse - a horse between 2 & 4 will be loosing its ' baby teeth ' and your horse could be going through this process.
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