SPEAK­ING OF NOSES

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The color, con­sis­tency and odor of your horse’s nasal se­cre­tions of­fer clues to the source of the trou­ble. Thin, gray, frothy snot, par­tic­u­larly from one nos­tril, is a hall­mark of a gut­tural0 pouch in­fec­tion. Foul-smelling dis­charge can be pro­duced by an in­fected tooth or si­nus. It may be ac­com­pa­nied by head­shak­ing, re­luc­tance to eat or other signs of dis­com­fort. Thick, creamy pus is in­dica­tive of an in­fec­tion, such as bac­te­rial bron­chi­tis0, rhinop­neu­moni­tis0 or stran­gles0. Bright red blood is usu­ally a sign of in­jury to the in­te­rior of the nos­tril, but it can also come from a se­vere gut­tural pouch bleed or burst cap­il­lar­ies0 within the lungs if the horse has re­cently ex­erted him­self. Dark blood drain­ing from the nose has usu­ally col­lected else­where first, per­haps in the gut­tural pouches or si­nuses. Thin, wa­tery dis­charge with no other sign of ill­ness is usu­ally a re­ac­tion to cold air or other air­borne ir­ri­tants.

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