My horse has a brown discharge in his left nostril only. It has no odor. When it dries, it is a tad "gelatinous" looking and crusty. When I wipe it with a paper towel, it's brown with a tinge of blood. I checked his nostril for signs of a bite or abrasion and cannot see anything. After I wipe it, it comes out clear for a bit (like normal...just a tiny bit) but when I visit again hours later, the brown "crust" is there. No fever or discomfort and he acts completely normal, eating well. He and another horse play bit ALOT so my first though was that he got bit in the nostril.
Are the other possibilities sinus or tooth issue? He is due to have his teeth done so I guess I'll get that scheduled asap. Dentist is also a vet. Thanks!
Does the discharge smell pretty terrible? My mare had that. It turned out to be an infection from a tooth that had been inexpertly extracted. After that experience I now routinely sniff all my horses' nostrils as part of my Cronal Get-To-Sleep-At-Night plan.
ETA: Oops, I see you mentioned that the discharge has no odor. Never mind.
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