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Nocturva 07-30-2013 03:34 PM

Horse Spitting
So recently the past few days I have noticed my horse just like voluntarily spitting, I can always tell when he is about to, its like a sound like he's drinking but it looks like globs of water just falling from his mouth every 20 minutes or so... Someone else's thoroughbred said they were doing the same thing and when asking our B.O. he stated he just thinks they ate some clovers..

He has been eating fine, drinking fine, and riding fine.
Should I be concerned? What exactly is it? Allergy?

Corporal 07-30-2013 03:36 PM

He is drooling bc he is eating large amounts of clover. It isn't spitting. My horses have done this.

Speed Racer 07-30-2013 03:39 PM

It's called clover slobbers. A lot of horses get it when they eat clover.

walkinthewalk 07-30-2013 05:00 PM

^^^clover slobbers.

If you Google "equine slobbers", you will get a ton of hits on the subject but, this is a pretty good article. Your Horse’s Strange Slobber

Where it says in part:

--in the spring and summer, clover contaminated with Rhizoctonia leguminicola fungus is the usual trigger of what is commonly called "slobbers."
Affected clover is easy to spot: The leaves change from vibrant green to a grayish tinge and eventually turn black. When consumed in moderation, forage infected by this common fungus is harmless, but its bitter taste irritates horses' salivary glands. If you find clover-induced slobbers distasteful, your only recourse is to take your horse off clover-containing pasture until the fall.--
If you're still not sure, or the slobbers persist longer than a week or so, call the vet, just to be on the safe side, since there is always the slim chance something else is causing the horse to drool.

However, as long as the horse does not seem depressed, is eating, drinking and recycling all that in a normal fashion, he's most likely dealing with disgusting cover slobbers.

We have been lucky, so far, this year. We've had so much rain and have had to bushhog so much, the clover that is in the pasture gets cut frequently, so I haven't dealt with slobbers------------------yet:hide:

Also, some horses are more affected than others and will drool by the buckets, while some barely drool:-(

tlkng1 07-30-2013 05:05 PM

We have a mare in the barn that slobbers so badly with it it literally sounds like a running faucet. I was told that it isn't the clover itself but a fungus of some sort ON the clover that causes the slobbers...not dangerous just visually unpleasant :). Apparently the excess rain we have been getting is the cause...the clover can't dry or some such. In all my years of horses this is the first time I have ever seen this.

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