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  1. #1
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    Question Runny Nose = cold horse????

    My friend claims a horse is cold if it has a runny nose (clear fluid) or shivering. I get the shivering part but have NEVER heard about a runny nose.

    Someone please tell me if I'm crazy or my friend is?
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    Shivering yes, clear nasal discharge, no.


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    Cold temperatures CAN cause a runny nose with clear discharge. Cold air causes the nasal mucosa to vasoconstrict and dry out, triggering a cascade of events that eventually results in increased mucus production by the nasal mucosa to protect itself from further damage by the cold air. Thus cold weather --> serous nasal discharge. The same thing happens in people.

    However, a clear discharge does NOT mean the horse is cold if the ambient temperature is comfortable. A variety of things can cause clear discharge - dust, allergens, high ammonia levels, low ambient humidity, foreign body reaction, mild respiratory viruses etc. etc. etc.


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    Runny nose = cold AIR. That in no way correlates with how cold or warm the horse is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deltawave View Post
    Runny nose = cold AIR. That in no way correlates with how cold or warm the horse is.
    Yeah...I can be sweating bullets in the tack and have snot streaming down my face on a cold day...horse can, too.

    Shivering, yes. Runny nose, no.



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