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    05-20-2008, 12:31 PM

My horse has recently started to cough. I just moved to a new barn, and one of the horses in a nearby stall had a cough. Now my horse has picked it up. But none of the other horses in the barn have it. The woman who owns the other coughing horse says he has had it for a couple years, and she doesn't know what is causing it. I'm worried it is something contagious and possible incurable. I don't think it is an environmental factor, because nothing about the environment is really any different from the old boarding facility. Any advice???
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    05-20-2008, 12:49 PM
There have been several times where my horse has caught a cough due to another horse having it. The worst was when she looked rather sick,and when I asked one of the women who worked there, she said "She just has the sniffles, it's nothing to worry about." I was a very worried mom. I made sure she got plenty of liquids and was able to walk just a bit. I also cleaned her nose quite a few times too. We didn't get a vet out for that, but the people who worked there said they would give her something. Not sure if they really did.

If you are concerned, you could always call up a vet and let them know what is going on. They would either say it's nothing to worry about, or they might say they'd like to check it out.

How soon after you moved your horse, did he get the cough? It might be that the move lowered his immune system and that's how he got the cough. The other horses might not get it if there immune system is good.

But I would call a vet and ask their opinion on it.
    05-20-2008, 04:57 PM
My horse is an appy too :)

The odd thing is that niether horse has any discharge around the mouth or nose. There isn't an abnormally excessive amount of dust in the barn or around the property. I guess I'm just kind of overprotective and paranoid. It really worries me that the other horse has had the cough for years, and now my horse has seemed to catch it.

Thanks for the advice, I will call the vet today :)
    05-20-2008, 05:09 PM
Yeah, I agree. ;) It could be nothing, but then again just to be safe I'd let the vet know.
    05-20-2008, 05:22 PM
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It could be just "shipping fever" or that nasty horse could have given him a bug.... any fever? Loss of appetite?
    05-20-2008, 05:26 PM
I found this website about the different types of coughs.

t could be just "shipping fever"
What exactly is that? I've never heard of that before.
    05-20-2008, 06:26 PM
I've never heard of that either...hmm?
    05-21-2008, 06:13 PM
Just get your vet out and have him tell you whats going on. It could be something as simple as an allergic reaction to something, to dust to something more serious like asthma or other more serious issues. Just get your vet out to do some tests and check.

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