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  • Horse coughing while eating
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    08-29-2008, 12:53 PM
  #1
Yearling
chronic cough...

Aggie seems to have developed a cough or gag? He will cough once or twice at each meal.

He only does it when eating...and does it when eating his grain, grass hay and pasture grass. So if he does it when eating pasture grass and grain...that rules out hay dust.

We started wetting the grain because at first I thought he was just eating to fast...didn't work so that rules out gobbling.

His teeth were done in June...it was a new vet but he was highly recommended and I don't see any obvious sharp points...so that rules out teeth problem.

We just moved to a new area...much more trees and other plants that he isn't used to in this area. He doesn't have access to any trees in his paddock...so he's not eating something bad.

Could it be an airborne allergy? If so...what can be done about it.
     
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    08-29-2008, 01:13 PM
  #2
Trained
He could be getting heavey.. in that case you are looking at a drastic lifestyle change for him.
The other thing is he could be choking a bit?? I have no idea what would cause that but you might want to get it scoped just incase there is something lodged in there. Horses are involuntary swallowers so who knows what could be obstructing his throat.
     
    08-29-2008, 05:18 PM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
He could be getting heavey..
if you meant heavy...he is definitely not overweight

If you meant heaves...I am 98% sure that he does not have that disease. It does seem more like a gag then a cough...like his throat is scratchy. His respiratory rate is otherwise normal...so I ruled out heaves.

I just noticed there are some leaves blown over in his paddock from trees nearby...wonder if he is having an allergic reaction to those?

Or maybe his throat is just dry...it was incredibly hot here for a while...and then it got really really wet and rainy...and now it is super hot again.
     

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