Monday, August 2, 2010
Fungus Is AmongUs..................
The culpret..............clover............Of course with our heat and recent rain, more to come, my pasture is becoming over run with fungal clover. Up until now, I've been able to avoid "Slobbers". Well, no longer. At noon today, Kola aka Miss Sensitive came in with a decent case of slobbers. What slobbers is http://www.horses-and-horse-information.com/articles/0799salv.shtml . Slobbers is caused by a fungus that clings usually to red clover, however, in my case to white clover. A few years ago, Kola had it for the first time and I called the Vet out, assuming I had completely poisoned her. What happens is explained in that link. Consequently, the horse can dehydrate from over salivating.
So I ran out today and bought this. It smells yummy and comes in a powder form, only my horses will not eat it, even disguised with apple juice and apple sauce. I gave it to them anyway, hoping that eventually they'll give in and finish what's in their feeders. I also soaked their hay with water, figuring any extra hydration I can force won't hurt. The good news is keeping them out of the pasture will allow it to subside and Kola certainly has not lost her appetite.
Here is what it looks like and it continues. The very first time, Kola got this, she was raining buckets out of her mouth. This time although it is still continuing on, even after hours of being out of the pasture, it's not as bad as it was years ago. So pasture closed for now. I've been trying to keep the clover down by mowing, but my effort have been in vain.
Posted by Callie at 3:04 PM