KISS AND TELL

EQUUS - - Eq Hands On -

As you fin­ish brush­ing your horse’s face, take a mo­ment to give him a quick kiss on the nose. In ad­di­tion to ex­press­ing your af­fec­tion, this ges­ture serves the prac­ti­cal pur­pose of en­abling you to sniff his breath.

A nor­mal horse’s breath will have no de­tectable odor, aside from a whiff of sweet feed or maybe wild onions if he’s re­cently grazed in spring pas­ture. Any un­pleas­ant odor is rea­son for con­cern. Den­tal and si­nus in­fec­tions have a dis­tinct “rot­ting” smell, as do some ad­vanced tu­mors.

If you smell any­thing foul near your horse’s nos­trils, call your vet­eri­nar­ian. A com­plete den­tal exam and, pos­si­bly, an en­do­scopic investigation, will likely un­cover the source of the prob­lem.

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