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post #1 of 13 Old 11-03-2009, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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My nose runs only when I'm riding?

This is a problem that I have had for quite a while, but it is more noticeable during the winter. My nose will be fine and dry right before I'm mounting, and 20 minutes later I will have a runny nose. It can be quite distracting, especially when I am in a lesson and I have to discreetly wipe my nose when my trainer isn't looking. I find it quite embarrassing! When I say my nose is runny I mean it-it can run down to my upper lip (sorry for TMI). So, I was wondering if anybody else experiences this problem, what is the cause, and is there any way I can help this?

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post #2 of 13 Old 11-03-2009, 01:40 AM
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AWWWW this sounds like a bad problem!! Maybe it could be that you are up higher on the horse then when you are on ground yourself so the air pressure maybe different!! Could i suggest maybe seeing a doctor tooo!!!

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post #3 of 13 Old 11-03-2009, 03:19 AM
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you're not alone, this happens to me all the time and it doesnt matter if it is winter or summer, just happens when im around horses. i usually just wipe it with my sleeve, dont care if someone is looking, it has something to do with the fact its colder in winter and higher up and pollen and a slight allergy to horses
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-03-2009, 04:46 AM
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This happens to me too. I believe it happens to a lot of riders. I think its got to do with the wind. When I run or move on something fast it happens to. Nothing to do about it, don't let it worry you.
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-03-2009, 04:58 AM
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Happens to me sometimes. I belive its the height :) All that air pressure and pollution just rises right up and makes it worse.
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-03-2009, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Gidji View Post
Happens to me sometimes. I belive its the height :) All that air pressure and pollution just rises right up and makes it worse.
Actually, I think air pressure/pollution decreases with altitude. Hence the higher pressure maintained within a flying airplane, and "clean mountain air."

I have that problem, too, occasionally. More often and more noticable in the winter. I think it has to do with the wind, as Saskia said, but that humidity (or lack therof) can make it better or worse. It gets really humid in the summer, and really dry in the winter, at least in my area, so that explains the seasonal change. Maybe you guys who have the same thing all year live in drier climates than me?

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post #7 of 13 Old 11-03-2009, 09:07 AM
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This happeneds to me. Mostly in the winter though. And only really when I am going at a faster pace. Like trotting or cantering. I always carry tissues in my pockets. =)

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post #8 of 13 Old 11-03-2009, 10:16 AM
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Riding is a dusty thing, especially in the winter when many of us are in indoor rings (with dusty footing). Sensitivity to dust, even bad enough to be considered an allergy, is much more common than you think. I had a student with a full blown dust allergy and she had to take all her lessons in a dust mask. All her schooling in a ring was with a mask. She had to take it off prior to entering a show ring. She REALLY loved riding.

Don't rule out a sensitivity to horse dander either.
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-03-2009, 10:38 AM
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That's fairly normal. I wish all my nose did was run. Like that girl, I actually have to wear a surgical mask when working inside an enclosed horsey area, even an indoor arena, or I will be paying the piper for the rest of the day. I as well have to wear long sleeves/pants whenever I am around horses period, because of the...hives. lol I am not allergic to horses at all, but I am severely allergic to anything that is even remotely related to grass and hay, as well as the dust thing.
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-03-2009, 01:01 PM
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Happens to me, as well. Anytime I'm really concentrating on something, horse or not, my nose runs. Hate when it happens in a show!
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