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post #1 of 4 Old 08-08-2008, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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coughing.. please help!

hello all. I am new to the Horse Forum, but I love it already!

So my question is, I am have 26 year old Shetland pony x Quarter horse mare named Snapple. She has been coughing a lot lately. She has always coughed a little during excersize and stuff, but just in the past few days I noticed that she has been coughing a lot when shes out in the pasture. It sounds a like a deep cough, kind of like a car sputtering. I think the hay that we feed her is dusty, should I maybe water it down before I feed it to her?

What else should I do? I think we used to give her Buckleys for horses.. shoukd I try that?

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-08-2008, 07:51 PM
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I would certainly try using hay that isn't dusty. My horses would cough and sneeze when I used dusty hay, so it may be the cause.

Wetting it may or may not work -- depending on the thickness of the hay. You could try wetting a little part of it and see if it dries again.

Please keep us (or me!) updated!

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-09-2008, 12:08 PM
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I would recommend a vet exam because you may be dealing with heaves or a respiratory infection. Either way, appropriate treatment needs to be started.

As for the hay, just wetting it down only controls the airborn irritants for a few minutes because it starts to dry out quickly. You can try serving is soaking in a big muck type bucket to provide better dust control or you may want to switch to a pelleted forage product.

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post #4 of 4 Old 08-09-2008, 12:41 PM
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Because of her age, I'd have the vet out to give her an indepth exam.
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