EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

• Foul-smelling dis­charge could in­di­cate an in­fec­tion of some kind, maybe in a tooth or si­nus. You may no­tice swelling on one side of his face. Thin, gray, frothy mu­cus, which may also be foul-smelling, is likely to in­di­cate an in­fec­tion of the gut­tural pouches, the two sacs con­nected to the eus­tachian tubes be­tween the horse’s ears and throat.

• Bright-red blood that flows read­ily and with­out slow­ing or stop­ping within a half-hour could in­di­cate in­jury within the nasal pas­sages.

• Dark blood drain­ing from the nose has prob­a­bly been ac­cu­mu­lat­ing some­where in the horse’s head, such as the si­nuses or gut­tural pouches. If dark blood gushes when he low­ers his head, the prob­lem may lie in the res­pi­ra­tory tract.

• Thick, yel­low, pus­filled mu­cus may re­sult from a bac­te­rial or vi­ral in­fec­tion or stran­gles. In ei­ther case, the horse will also have a fever, cough and other signs of ill­ness. In the case of stran­gles, you may find painful swellings un­der the jaw and around the throat, and the horse may stand with his head low­ered.

• Saliva and chewed food emerg­ing from the nose and/or the mouth are signs of choke, a block­age in the esoph­a­gus that is pre­vent­ing what the horse swal­lows from reach­ing his stom­ach. A horse with choke is also likely to be cough­ing and gag­ging, and he may panic as he at­tempts to clear the block­age. Im­me­di­ately re­move all food and wa­ter un­til a vet­eri­nar­ian ar­rives.

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