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    03-19-2011, 12:49 AM

My horse coughs all the time help!!
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    03-19-2011, 01:46 AM
Green Broke
Does your horse have difficulty in breathing or have wheazing sounds? It could be heaves or allergies. If your horse is eating hay, the dust in it can trigger them. There are shots you can get to help or try suppliments. I would have a vet check it out. One of our horses got heaves from eating moldy hay and breathed in the mold. We caught it early, but we still need to give him a shot every month in fall, winter, and spring. Summer isn't too bad because he is on pasture, so he only gets a shot then when he starts to cough.
    03-19-2011, 11:00 PM
Your vet should see this horse asap to determine what's causing this. This is not the time to delay calling to see if this will get better on it's own.
    03-20-2011, 12:40 AM
If it's been happening for while already (not just 10 mins and went away) call the vet. Noone can give an advice based on almost zero information.
    03-20-2011, 01:22 AM
I'm not trying to be rude, but just telling us your horse is coughing doesn't us enough information to give you advice to what may be causing this or how to take action. Knowing things like your horses temperature, how persistant her coughing is, or if she has any chages in behavior would be great hints to pinpoint a source of the coughing.

If your horse has been coughing just recently, it may be allergies. It is march and things are beginning to bloom, animals are shedding like crazy, and your barn is bound to be at its peak of dirtiness (At least I never like to clean it in -5 degree tempurature ) which means there will be an explosion of allergens.

My other guess would be a reperatory infection. In any case, I would call your vet and have him/her check your horse out. It's alway better to be safe than sorry, and if need be they will prescribe medication for you horse.

Hope this helps!
    03-22-2011, 06:29 AM
Soz guys, uhm... she isn't coughing so much now, usually in spring and summer, in our big paddock (5 acres) and it has long grass??
    03-22-2011, 03:51 PM
Originally Posted by Marlea Warlea    
soz guys, uhm... she isn't coughing so much now, usually in spring and summer, in our big paddock (5 acres) and it has long grass??
Does she only cough out in the big pasture? If so, then it probably is allergies. I would still get your vet to come take a look just in case, and maybe he/she csn identify what exactly your horse is allergic to. Maybe then you can destroy the plant that is causing her to cough, making your horse more comfortable. Allergy medications may also help.

Hope you figure whats wrong and can fix it.
    03-22-2011, 05:22 PM
Yes its only in the big paddock, and only when I ride her, but it's also in my friends big pasture

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