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post #1 of 15 Old 08-14-2015, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Post Blisters from Clover.

Since I wasn't able to find much on this topic I figured I could put up the little bit I discovered for others to hopefully benefit from.
Went out to the barn one day and my horse was drooling like 5 saint bernards! He's never done that so I was starting to freak out when a fellow boarder told me it was from the them eating clover. Went home to research, low and behold that was it! Thankfully the drooling only lasted a few days. After that though he developed theses sores/blisters on the edge of his lips. Assuming they developed from the clover and excessive drooling. At the beginning the looked like an extra set of teeth! What has worked for me in treatment is taking anything out of his feed that would cause pain such as salt, also have not been riding in a bit which may cause aggravation. The only thing I could think of that would help with healing and could be put in his mouth is coconut oil. I put it on as often as possible since he usually licks it right away. It is slowly healing, but does not seem to be causing pain. He is eating normal. I will try to put up updated photos along the way. Hopefully this can be of a help to somebody who was lost in the dark like me!



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If you have a lot of clover like we do, the trick is to keep them off the clover when it is warm/humid and wet (or dew). When it is hot and dry, you have a lot less problems with slobbers and dew poisoning from clover. We typically don't turn out our horses in the pasture with a lot of clover until the afternoon.
Also, some horses love clover so much that they'll get gas colic.
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Interesting...I've never heard of this! Is this a particular variety or would all clover varieties cause this?
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Interesting...I've never heard of this! Is this a particular variety or would all clover varieties cause this?
It is caused by a mold that can grow on red, white, and alslike clover (and alfalfa, too).
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I board him so it's hard to have him on a special schedule. The pasture had recently been mowed so they probably could get to the clover easier. Will post progression of photos. Hasn't changed much as of 3 days ago, but thankfully he isn't in pain from them and is staying hydrated!
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I let one of my horses graze the walkway that runs along out paddocks last week and that has red clover on it - she was drooling puddles of fluid that evening and a friend told me it was caused by her eating the clover - and as she's a Miss Piggy she likely ate a lot of the stuff.
She won't be going on it again!!!
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I let one of my horses graze the walkway that runs along out paddocks last week and that has red clover on it - she was drooling puddles of fluid that evening and a friend told me it was caused by her eating the clover - and as she's a Miss Piggy she likely ate a lot of the stuff.
She won't be going on it again!!!
Most horses love clover...it's high in sugar and sweet. Ours will graze it to the ground. It's also very hard to kill. After grazing it to the ground, it's grown back again after only a couple weeks in our pastures. When it's hot and humid slobber time, our horses' shelter looks like it's been rained in, except slobber is sooo slimy

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Not sure if they look better or not. Most of it seems like it, but the small black dots look like dirt/food is getting caught or something. When I cleaned them with saline and a cloth nothing changed.
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Yes this guy is an oinky when it comes to food. None of the horses are drooling anymore though so the clover must be at bay for awhile. The drooling is so gross, all over the reins, my hands, lead rope. Yuck!
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