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Hey everyone,

My 6 year old QH mare has had a runny nose since I got her about 3 months ago. I did some research and found that it was not a problem as long as it is clear, which it was. She was eating grass in the pasture until about 3 weeks ago when I gave her a round bail alternating pens ever 2 days from grass to bail. She has developed a small cough since she started on the bail (only when she is being worked).
Yesterday her runny nose was green. I wiped it (ew) and it didn't occure again throughout the night but I wasn't working her hard. Should I be concerned? I don't want to call out a vet if it'll just pass on its own but I am worried for her. She was de-wormed in July as I didn't know when her last de-worming was. She only got about half a dose though, don't know if that might be the reason for the colour change!
I'll be moving her Oct 1st to a boarding facility with 25 horses so I don't want her to be sick and susceptible to other illnesses because of her runny nose.

Thanks in advance :)
 

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I think it unlikely that the boarding yard will accept her if she has a coloured nasal discharge so you need to get it cleared up
Its possible that she has an allergic reaction to dust and pollens in the hay - horses have to push into a round bale to eat so that can make it worse
I would feel happier if you got a vet involved as she could have an infection that is getting worse all the time and will eventually cause breathing problems but in the meantime you should try pulling out some hay for her - as much as you feel she eats, soak it really well in a tub of water, drain and feed, preferably loose on the floor - get a piece of rubber matting to spread it on if you keep her on dirt or sand
If you don't know when she was ever wormed and you don't want to get a vet involved for a fecal egg count you should do her with a correct dose using a wormer that covers most internal parasites, make a note of the active ingredient in it and then do her again in 3 months time using a wormer with a different active.
 
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