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    05-28-2011, 01:19 PM
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My neighbours have 2 horses. The gelding was always very sensitive and he coughed from that or other reason every year, but vet get him ok in no time (or he did by himself, without help). He was a showjumper in that time. Then he was moved and started to trail ride. Again every year something happened, was it an infection, or just dust in hay, he coughed again, but healed in less then 2 weeks, sometimes owners called a vet, if wetting hay didn't help. He was fine, until last year.

Oh, and he regulary gets his vacs and dewormers.

In october or november (don't know exactly) he started coughing again. Neighbours called me and we came to the conclusion it could be lung worm, since my horses had it and I solved it with deworming. They didn't know they should change pastes and they always dewormed with the same. After that, they bought other paste, their mare (also coughing that time, but not so sensitive otherwise) stopped, but not gelding.

They waited for almost a month I think (maybe even more), before calling a vet. As this isn't enough, the vet was the one for little house pets... He gave them antibiotics, some powder for coughing easier, ordered to wet food and beding. (as far as I know wetting hay meant for them to water hay with sprinkling can (obviously not ok, if you want to get rid of dust)).
Coughing didn't stop. They didn't want to call vet again, since it didn't help the first time, nor call another vet, specialised for horses.

They called the same vet in one or 2 month again, he diagnosed asthma, and said he could give the horse some injections that contain corticosteroids and owners decided not to do this. Vet gave him his vacs and nothing changed.

Though owners were informated how this horse should live they did nothing to change it.
He always started to cough in the winter, when he was in stable, although it was cleaned 3 times a day, there was bad air in, because they have horses completly closed in. Horses are out 1 hour a day, ridden or lunged, never in a field in winter and grazing for max. 1 hour a day in the summer.

Now, from last autumn, the girl that is owner of this horses, doesn't ride again, she says because of her allergies. I had my horse in their stable for half a year and I know this was her common excuse from doing something she didn't want to.
So her horses are ridden only by her parents and they can't ride more than once a week. And the horse with asthma should be fit, as he could breath easier that way.

The parents visited me today again and were asking me tones of questiones about their coughing horse. I answered if I knew, but I had few other answers, but was worried it would be rude saying it.
I also don't talk with their daughter anymore, we had a fight a month before her horse started coughing. Sometimes I think I could prevent it, if I wasn't that mad at her, and so stubborn, and start to talk with her that time.

I can't be friend of her anymore, but I could help her parents. What to tell them and how so they won't feel attacked?
Or should I leave things alone?

Well any information or advice will be greatly appreciated :)
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    05-28-2011, 01:36 PM
You could ask the parents to talk to the vet (at his clinic) and see if Pulmicort will help the horse. Inflammation of the airways causes coughing. His stabling conditions have set him up for this to happen. The others may have just been lucky, so far. There should always be good air movement in a barn. Cleaning a stall disturbs molds that horses can be sensitive to.
    05-28-2011, 03:38 PM
Thanks for advice. I'll tell them and I hope they will do something about it. Problem is that their vet already suggested them something that could prevent inflammation, but they said no.
They have only 2 horses, mare coughs from time to time, but nothing serious they said...

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