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post #1 of 4 Old 02-09-2013, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Coughing horse

My two year old paso is coughing on rides. Is this just from him being out of shape?
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-10-2013, 07:28 PM
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How often are you riding him? When was he backed? He's only just turned 2, I personally wouldn't have backed him yet but as he seems to be already I'd be keeping his work to a bare minimum or, preferably, chucking him back out in the paddock til he's a bit older. As for the coughing, it may just be allergies or dust, but keep a close eye on if it goes on after the warm-up or if he coughs at all when not ridden. Is it a dry cough? A hacking cough? A sneeze?

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I question how IN shape a two year old can be, it is basically a baby. I do not think it is his age causing coughing. I would be looking at his feed. There may also be underlying health issues as well. Variables...
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Some things to ask yourself:

What environment is the horse kept in? Stalled inside? High dust and ammonia? Outside with a round bale? Head stuck in round bale all day?

Any nasal discharge, clear or colored? Goopey eyes? Excessive sweating? A history of any other conditions?

Think about these and let us know, because we cannot tell you what we think unless we have some more details.....
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