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    06-26-2012, 10:14 PM
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Green Broke
Allergy help please

So my mare was put out on pasture today and when I took her in she was breathing heavy. Worked her a bit in round pen and she was not lacking energy. No cough no nasal discharge just heavy breathing. She continued like that for over an hour even when sleeping.

Moved her off grass and then BM checked 2 hours later and she was back to normal.

So any ideas? She eats grass sometimes but not usually in this grass paddock. Any weeds that are specific to Minnesota that could cause this? I will be looking it over tomorrow.
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    06-27-2012, 09:10 AM
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Green Broke
Anyone please??
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    06-27-2012, 01:53 PM
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I had a horse once that I moved from Northern IL to Central IL who started suffering from allergies. It wasn't until years after he died (from old age, not allergies) that I found out that it was the soy plant pollen he was allergic to. There was something I had had him on that managed the allergies really well and we never had problems after he started the medications. But it was so long ago that I can't remember what we had given him. Whatever it was though, it was recommended by the vet and I bought it prescription free off of valleyvet. I'll try to see if I can remember what it was. Otherwise, ask your vet for options.
     
    06-27-2012, 02:07 PM
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Green Broke
Hmm I will be asking the vet about allergy meds but for now she's fine as long as she isn't in that paddock. It's only separated by part of another paddock to where she is now. So I wouldn't think it would be any sort of pollen. But at this time nothing can be ruled out. But I know soy beans are grown everywhere out here.
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    06-27-2012, 03:19 PM
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Green Broke
It's strange that your horse is only having this reaction in one field- do you notice any different plants in/near there that aren't in her usual field? If other horses are fine in that pasture, then I wouldn't think it could be a normally-poisonous-to-horses weed.

Short term you can just keep her out of that field, but for long term I think the vet can test her for specific allergies.
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    06-27-2012, 05:06 PM
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Green Broke
There's only two other horses that sometimes go in there as it is quite weedy. But I'm really thinking its something that just she is allergic too. But it was so weird as she normally has nasal discharge all the time and when she was breathing heavy her nose was completely dry.

She did have a touch of bronchitis a week and a half ago when the vet was here but not enough for antibiotics as he thinks it's allergy related. So she will definitely be going on allergy meds. Today she was completely fine though. She has me so paranoid with all of her health problems.
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    06-27-2012, 05:12 PM
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Green Broke
The only way to know for sure is an allergy test. I had to have one done on my mare who kept getting these mysterious lumps (collagen granulomas) on her body and would break out in hives every now and then from God knows what! Vet took blood and sent it away to a lab who discovered the lumps were being caused by her allergy to the cullocoides fly, and the hives because she is allergic to molasses, soy, and alfalfa!

The food allergies we just have to avoid now, but with the others (bugs and she also had some allergies listed like clover and johnson grass), the lab gave me a series of injections that would help de-sensitive her body to the allergens and that worked out pretty well.

All that's not cheap though, I think I paid $400 for the allergy test and then another $200 for the shots which I gave her myself (sub-cutaneous so it was pretty easy to learn).
     
    06-27-2012, 05:32 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
The only way to know for sure is an allergy test. I had to have one done on my mare who kept getting these mysterious lumps (collagen granulomas) on her body and would break out in hives every now and then from God knows what! Vet took blood and sent it away to a lab who discovered the lumps were being caused by her allergy to the cullocoides fly, and the hives because she is allergic to molasses, soy, and alfalfa!

The food allergies we just have to avoid now, but with the others (bugs and she also had some allergies listed like clover and johnson grass), the lab gave me a series of injections that would help de-sensitive her body to the allergens and that worked out pretty well.

All that's not cheap though, I think I paid $400 for the allergy test and then another $200 for the shots which I gave her myself (sub-cutaneous so it was pretty easy to learn).
Only $400?!?!?! I think I need an equine vet for my dog. My dog has severe allergies and I was told $4,000-5,000 to get the allergy test done. Well that's not all that bad but I think I might be able to hopefully search that paddock as its not that big. It has to be something she's eating.

Would it make a difference if I said there's a small area that turns into a swamp when it rains? Icky algae and all, right in that paddock.
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    06-27-2012, 06:25 PM
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Green Broke
It might be a lot less grief to get hold of your county Ag person and ask them if they would please come out and help you recognize the plants in the pasture where your mare is affected.

Either that or your local Co-op if you have a co-op that really is a co-op - lol lol

My county's Co-op is very well informed when it comes to things like this but the more suburban and metro counties north of us aren't worth the powder to blow them to Chattanooga and back - lol

One of my horses is also allergic to oats/corn/soy which is not fun because soy is the protein source in 99.9% of feeds. He also has environmental allergies.

I had him on Tri Hist for a couple years (seasonally). It amped him up and made a nut case out of him.

He's been on "Allergy Herbal Blend" from www.herbs4horses.com for several years. It not only does a better job controlling his environmental allergies than Tri-Hist ever did, it also mellows him out.

Your mare sounds like something totally different, however. With her heavy breathing as part of the reaction, I would want to know the specific cause and then go from there regarding controlling it. I'd hate to give her the wrong thing and end up with a fatal reaction.

This just doesn't sound like your run-of-the-mill mold/dust/pollen/runny eyes & nose.

I hope there's a nearby Ag or Co-op person that can help you identify what's in that pasture
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    06-27-2012, 10:49 PM
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Green Broke
Oh yeah the soy allergy drives me nuts...my mare can't have any commercial feeds, I have to feed her rolled barley with a Tri amino supplement from SmartPak for her protein source.
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