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    09-14-2012, 12:41 PM
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Foal
Unhappy :(

My horses have been given some grass by the land owner, and two of them (mare and foal) are fine, but my gelding has a horrible cough. The grass hasnt been grazed in years and chickens have been roaming it. Do you think he's allergic to the chickens? A horse next to them also has a cough, but of its just a cold surely my foal would of got it by now being 4months old?
Any help greatly appreciated, thankyou :)
     
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    09-14-2012, 12:44 PM
  #2
mls
Trained
I doubt it's the grass.

Where are you located? What is the weather like? Allergies are compounded this year due to the extreme drought.
     
    09-14-2012, 12:47 PM
  #3
Green Broke
How was the grass "harvested"? Was it lawn mowed clippings? Might be choke then with your gelding trying to cough stuff (whatever it is) out. I think caution would, unfortunately, dictate a call to the vet no matter the cause. Good luck.
     
    09-14-2012, 12:49 PM
  #4
Foal
No it wasn't cut, nice and long :) yeah going to watch him over the weekend, and if he stays the same or gets worse, definatley getting the vet out :/ thankyou :)
     
    09-14-2012, 12:50 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by mls    
I doubt it's the grass.

Where are you located? What is the weather like? Allergies are compounded this year due to the extreme drought.
Erm North Devon, England. The weather has been mixed really!
     
    09-21-2012, 11:01 AM
  #6
Foal
Right, the gelding and the filly have been on antibiotics since Monday. Last night the filly was eating her dinner, she stopped half way through and started choking. We got the lump of food out and then she 'collapsed' onto the floor with her head in our laps. We immediately called the vet and they couldn't find anything really wrong with her. And told us just to watch her! Any ideas? She is 4 months!?
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    09-21-2012, 11:07 AM
  #7
Green Broke
What did the vet do when they came out?

Blood tests, etc? If she just 'collapsed', I would be keeping a very close eye on her and making sure that your vet is really looking into it. What are you feeding her? I'd be very careful with that, specially as she is only four months.
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    09-21-2012, 11:11 AM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    
What did the vet do when they came out?

Blood tests, etc? If she just 'collapsed', I would be keeping a very close eye on her and making sure that your vet is really looking into it. What are you feeding her? I'd be very careful with that, specially as she is only four months.
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Yeah :( they have said just to keep an eye on her. And if it happens again they will do blood tests etc, her eyes look like she's drunk! She has level grow by Saracen! Been recommended by vets before she was born :) she is acting normal today but still has that 'drunk' look! :(
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    09-21-2012, 11:13 AM
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Green Broke
By drunk, what do you mean? Depressed, unable to focus, glazed over?

Where is she being kept currently? Is she drinking, eating, what's her manure like?
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    09-21-2012, 11:22 AM
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Trained
I wonder if its related to the chickens, or perhaps just their poo.
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