update on coughing
hello, I just had to update all on my coughing horse. Again, our other 3 horses are fine with what we are feeding, both hay, pasture and a few oats in the morning and evening.
I must correct myself when I was referring Equihist, it's Tri-Hist. I've noticed that KV Vet also has something similar but maybe not as strong Ani-Hist and another -Hist product.
I called the vet to see if I could give him Cough-Free, she said it's all natural and would be okay to supplement the tri-hist. I don't like to give him so many meds. It's just a totally perplexing situation when the other horses don't have the same symptoms.
He's been on both, mainly the tri-hist as it's the only thing that seems to quiet him on a bad day. And there are definitely good and bad days. Sometimes it seems like he has just about kicked it and other days I have to get off of him or stop lead-walking him cause he coughs so.
Long story short, we were due for another load of hay and we got some very clean, 90% grass, 10% alpha/timothy and his cough has virtually stopped.
Hay prices have gone up and personally I feel the quality has gone down. We got a pretty good load, and then committed (for fear we may not be able to find another hayman) to the remainder of our winter needs. His truck broke down and we went and got a 30 bale load. Wow, what filthy hay, not at all like the 1st load. The 1st load looked very good in the mix, but after we got into it more, we found 12 bales molded and another 10 that HAD to be watered down. So we fed the dirty hay, watered it down when it was bad, and now have our 200 clean bales for the winter. :) I'm so happy, he's seems happy too.
Curious that this on this one, the cough was directly related to the hay quality. On my childhood dapple grey horse that we gave the tri-hist daily, and ended up not being able to ride at all near the end he was almost immediately diagnosed with emphysema. Spose it could have been any number of factors. Outside of taking your horse in and have a complete body scope, it's hard to know if they might have a growth on their airways, or was exposed as a foal to something that weakend their immunity as they matured. Theres hundreds of factors that could come into play.
I search and search for solutions, other similar experiences from other people. Whether or not he has copd or heaves, I'm not sure. One of the most helpful things that sunk in was controlling the environment. THANKS, to whomever posted that!! They have their nose in dirt (on pasture) and in hay just about 99% of their day. I think our other 3 handled it, but still wasn't very good for them. My paint just didn't have that extra umph to combat all the dust. Keep their stall clean (amonia) and don't pile the manure near their barn area. Watch the hay.
Hope this helps, I too am open for comments. This whole cough and process started around Jun-Jul 2007, I was just about at my wits end and ready to accept his condition. Don't give up, find the one element that makes it easier on him...