Wry nose

Veterinary advice should be sought before applying any treatment or vaccine.

Wry Nose

Rhinocampylus, Campylorhinus Lateralis

Wry nose is a congenital skeletal malformation in the horse. The malformation can vary from mild to severe and the horse will have the upper jaw and nose deviated or turned to one side. The nasal bones, the incisive bones (maxilla or premaxilla), and the nasal septum of the horse is also usually affected, resulting in respiratory problems and exercise intolerance.


Lateral nasal deformation
Exercise intolerance
Protrusion of the tongue


  • Clinical signs
  • Oral examination
  • Radiographs
  • Endoscopy






The prognosis for athletic potential is guarded to poor depending on the degree of deformation. The prognosis for life and breeding is good.

Scientific Research

General Overviews

Age Range

The condition is found more commonly in Arabians foals and can cause problems nursing or grazing. The foal should be evaluated for other types of defects.