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I am a fairly new horse owner. I have a 3 year paint gelding, and I noticed the last couple of days he has stood in one place and I noticed his nose is running a lot. Is this somthing I should be worried about or is it normal at winter time.I am a fairly new horse owner. I have a 3 year paint gelding, and I noticed the last couple of days he has stood in one place and I noticed his nose is running a lot. Is this somthing I should be worried about or is it normal at winter time.

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lowder:

I am a fairly new horse owner. I have a 3 year paint gelding, and I noticed the last couple of days he has stood in one place and I noticed his nose is running a lot. Is this somthing I should be worried about or is it normal at winter time.

Thanks for your help
Mike Livermore
Scottsburg, Indiana

Mike,

You know your horse better than anyone else. If this is not normal behavior for him then I would call out my local vet to examine him. Get someone who is experienced with horses to take his rectal temperature (normal is 99.5 to 101.5(F) which if elevated would indicate a disease process is going on. Even if his temperature is normal your gelding could still have a serious cold and should be examined by your vet.

Good Luck,
Dr. Lowder