So my Lizzy dear has been a little off for the last few days. I first noticed when we went for a ride Friday afternoon. She was sleepy as I was tacking up but that is pretty common for her, she stands like a dream. So with the warmer weather she had been very feisty when riding in the snow, well Friday she was very lethargic as we went for a ride. She didn't really want to trot and didn't want to canter at all when just a few days prior she just wanted to run thru the snow. Saturday I was going to ride but she was still lethargic and now had flared nostrils. No wheezying or cough or heave line but just deeper than normal breathing. Sunday the same thing.
Now since it was in the 30s Wednesday and Thursday with sun I had pulled her blanket during the day. I am wondering if she got a cold from getting chilled if I pulled the blanket too soon? She was blanketed (medium weight) at night and has had 24/7 hay. I put her winter blanket back on last night to see if she was perhaps just getting cold. I didn't take her temp as I need to bring my thermometer from home to the barn. Gums were pink like normal, no abnormal discharge from her nose, no cough or noise when breathing. And not colic at all. I helped treat a horse with pneumonia last spring and this is no where near the kind of breathing that was.
So what are the symptoms of a cold or flu in horses? Can allergies cause a high temp? She does have allergies but it seems a little early. No change in feed or hay. She is drinking normal and eating her feed. Seems to be eating less hay though.
Vet comes out the 14th for teeth and coggins and such so of course she gets sick just far enough out that I may have to vet out twice. She's being checked on this morning by the barn manager to report how she is this morning. I started her back on cough free incase it is her allergies. If she gets worse or has a temp when I check it this afternoon I will be calling the vet out tonight or tomorrow.