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    03-14-2013, 10:45 PM
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Foal
21 year old tenessee walker horse, not eating and may have a cold.

Hi all!
Recently a family friend who was facing finantial issues asked us to take care of her horse for her... Sam is now in our pasture but does not seem happy... At first we thought it was normal but now he is hardly eating hay(he has a healthy grain appetite) and now has a cough..... Any ideas or suggestions???? It makes me so upset because I don't have a lot of experience.... I want to buy him greener hay but the owner says she doesnt want to pay for it.... any suggestions???? Thanks!!
     
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    03-14-2013, 10:50 PM
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Started
I'd be calling the vet asap. Not eating is generally a sign of an infection accompanied by fever. Even with call-out fees, medication etc it shouldn't cost much, unless you're a loooong way out. Does the horse also have a runny nose? How would you describe the cough? How often does it occur?
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    03-14-2013, 10:52 PM
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Foal
I have not heard him cough because I have not been out recently as I have been sick, the man who owns our pasture mentioned it to us... He is eating grain and could be eating hay but seems to just kick it around....
     
    03-14-2013, 10:54 PM
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Showing
A vet should check his breathing. This shouldn't wait. It may be why he's not eating the hay or the hay is moldy which can cause the cough. If you smell it you will know if it's moldy. You may find yourself paying vet or hay bills for a horse that belongs to someone else. You need to come up with a contract or before you know it the family friend will turn into the family enemy.
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    03-14-2013, 10:59 PM
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Foal
Alright! A 4h friend told us to get antibiotics because sam has the same symptoms as her horse and now her pony is fine... Will try antibiotics for a few days then will call the vet if symptoms keep going..... Thanks all!!
     
    03-15-2013, 09:19 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Gamergirl2249    
Alright! A 4h friend told us to get antibiotics because sam has the same symptoms as her horse and now her pony is fine... Will try antibiotics for a few days then will call the vet if symptoms keep going..... Thanks all!!
Oh dear...that's not the right thing to do IMO. A vet should be assessing this horse and pronto! Who is buying the hay for this horse? What sort of pasture is the horse accessing? Could it be the horse is allergic to something in its new environment? A cough can mean HEART problems so that's why I'd be getting a vet in NOW. Get the owner to pay for this even if they have to pay you back over time. Don't take chances, a horse can go downhill very fast without the right treatment.
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    03-15-2013, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Gamergirl2249    
Alright! A 4h friend told us to get antibiotics because sam has the same symptoms as her horse and now her pony is fine... Will try antibiotics for a few days then will call the vet if symptoms keep going..... Thanks all!!
I would not recommend giving the horse antibiotics without them being prescribed by a vet who has seen the horse. Different antibiotics treat different things, and you don't want to give an inappropriate medication. Also, if this horse has viral issues, antibiotics generally will not help. If the coughing is related to moldy hay, or heaves, or many other things, again antibiotics generally will not help.

Antibiotics are usually very safe but that does not mean they are a harmless medication that can be dispensed without worry. They can cause GI upset and allergic reactions so you could end up with an even bigger problem on your hands.
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    03-15-2013, 02:58 PM
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It's serious. Any horse over 20yo is living on borrowed time. I have had a horse live until he was 35yo, one live to be 28yo and two lived to 27yo. The TWH I bought at 19yo was a super easy keeper. I didn't realize that he had Cushings until he started losing weight and appetite and didn't shed out. He passed away at 24yo.
I'm sorry that someone has burdened you with this. That is very wrong.
     
    03-15-2013, 03:01 PM
  #9
Showing
Giving antibiotics for two or three days can do more harm than good because it can cause the horse to develop a resistanct to it or create a more energetic strain of bacteria. Antibiotics don't work for viruses, only bacteria. When the horse is standing still do it's nostrils appear flared? Watch it's ribcage, does it appear to exhale then give and extra push? Put your hear hard into the horse by the last rib. You will either hear air wooshing or it will sound watery. Don't let the horse eat for a few minutes before you do this as the gut noises can be deafening.
     
    03-15-2013, 04:04 PM
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Foal
Before ever treating with antibiotics, start with the basics. Take the horses temperature, should be under 100 degrees, and then count his respirations, should be around 24 per minute. Do not just treat with antibiotics because someone said you should, so many people do not know the correct dosage of something as basic as penicillin, and giving an inadequate dose does more harm then good. If the horse actually appears ill, has a fever or rapid resperations, than call a vet.
     

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