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  • Seeds stuck in horses lips
  • Horse has foxtail stuck in throat

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    10-30-2012, 12:13 AM
  #11
Trained
That's foxtail. Bad, very bad when it's in your hay. DON'T feed the hay anymore. My mare had two handfuls of these seeds stuck under her upper lip, acted like she was choking, so I called the vet. He couldn't find anything pointing to choke, opened her mouth and I saw them sticking in there. 200$ later im smarter...never ever again do I feed hay I see has foxtail in it.
Btw, my mare was okay after they were removed, no problems.
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    10-30-2012, 12:14 AM
  #12
Trained
Double post, oops
     
    10-30-2012, 12:21 AM
  #13
Trained
Ah the joys of grass seeds. I battle with them every year by the end of summer, our paddocks are full of those nasty buggers.
Not life threatening, but just make sure you check your horse's mouth every day and ALWAYS before you ride them. They can get whole handfulls stuck up in their lips if you leave them for too long.
     
    10-30-2012, 09:04 AM
  #14
Foal
Wow that's horrible I am sure glad she is off of it now ! Thank you so much !!!!
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    10-30-2012, 02:37 PM
  #15
Weanling
Those are definitely foxtails, nasty nasty things. Try to dispose of the hay somewhere where the seeds can't germinate and contaminate your grass.
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    10-30-2012, 03:19 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Yes, foxtails, she needs her mouth rinsed out well,even a mild saline wash squirted over the sores might be beneficial.
     
    10-30-2012, 03:57 PM
  #17
Showing
If you bed with oat straw the horse will eat it. If it was wheat straw, even with a little foxtail in it the horse wouldn't touch it. Wheat is the best, many race tracks use it and they use the best of everything.
     
    10-30-2012, 04:30 PM
  #18
Foal
She is not eating it at all anymore it was her normal feed not bedding she's off of it now but I need to rinse her mouth
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    10-31-2012, 08:53 AM
  #19
Yearling
Yup, foxtails. That's nothing!! I found a huge wad of em in my 2 yr olds bottom lip. I pulled them out, and I kid you not...I started dry heaving!!! (I've got a strong stomach too.) They smelled SO bad. Moved her out to a pasture that had foxtails, and same thing. But this time she had open sores all over in her mouth and they were pretty imbedded. Most horses rinse their mouths out, her momma does. Apparently that's one trick she didn't learn :/ Hoping one day she figures it out and takes care of herself lol
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    10-31-2012, 09:02 AM
  #20
Foal
Yes now I saw last night her whole cheek and inner mouth to throat are swollen so I called a vet she will b out today this am thank goodness. Happy Halloween to me ugh
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