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post #1 of 8 Old 05-02-2016, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Hello...is foaming at the mouth while eating hay normal?
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-02-2016, 12:01 PM
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When a horse foams up in the mouth, it usually means they need their teeth cleaned. If they are dropping hay out of there mouth along with the foam, it could also mean your horse may need his/her teeth floated. The vet is able to do both. :)
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-02-2016, 01:11 PM
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Check your hay - red clover can cause excessive slobbering. Tooth issues can also be a factor, so get in touch with your vet or equine dentist. Sometimes if there are sharp edges or wolf teeth, they can have ulcers on the sides of their mouths where the teeth rub.

When I first got my mule, he slobbered a lot when eating anything because his teeth needed done.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-02-2016, 05:10 PM
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I have read that white clover does it as well and my vet said it was yellow clover. So I guess any kind of clover can cause a horse sensitive to it to slobber. My mare slobbers from July until September (frost). My vet said it is annoying but not harmful unless they don't have enough to drink.

As was already said, I would check teeth, mouth and food.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-02-2016, 09:04 PM
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ActuaLLY, slobber disease is caused by a fungus, that often infects red clover although other clovers can also be infected

Slaframine poisoning (Slobbers) (Figure 1) should be considered, especially in a cooler and wetter spring or fall. Spring and fall provide ideal environmental conditions for the proliferation of clovers in pastures. The cooler wet conditions are also ideal for the growth of the fungus Rhizoctonia leguminicola, commonly known as black patch. The fungus infects red clover (Trifolium pratense), white clover (Trifolium repens), alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum) and alfalfa. The name ‘black patch' is derived from the bronze to black spots or rings observed on the leaves and stems (2). Rhizoctonia leguminicola produces the mycotoxin slaframine or slobber factor. It can be present on both pasture and in stored dry hay. The fungus persists on infected fields from year to year. Slaframine can be active in stored hay for 10 months or more; however, its biological activity does decrease. Fresh hay can contain the equivalent of 50-100 ppm slaframine, which can decrease after 10 months by 10-fold to 7 ppm. Concentrations above 10 ppm may be associated with clinical signs (3). The analysis for slaframine (1-acetoxy-6-amino- octahydroindolizine) is not readily avail


There are other causes, if clover has been ruled out
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-03-2016, 08:01 AM
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Smilie, why would only 4 horses out of 14 in my barn be affected by this, same horses every year? We have no trouble with the hay. Would you mind giving me the reference so I can pass it along to my vet and BO? Thanks.
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Smilie, why would only 4 horses out of 14 in my barn be affected by this, same horses every year? We have no trouble with the hay. Would you mind giving me the reference so I can pass it along to my vet and BO? Thanks.
They just have a sensitivity to it. Same as I am allergic to penicillin.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-07-2016, 09:32 AM
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OK. When she said poisoning I thought that was different from an allergy.
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