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post #1 of 29 Old 05-24-2011, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy coughing and thick white snot when execised ** Please help

My 8yr old gelding is coughing when being ridden plus he has thick white snot that comes out of his nose.His breathing seems ok has no fever but has been coughing for over a week. He had four real bad coughing bouts while ridding yesterday had to let him stop. The white snot doesnt happen every time but id say at least four times now he's had thick white snot. He upto date on vaccines and worming. He's out on pasture every day and lives outside 24/7. Does get some hay at night when in dry lot but iv been soaking it two hours before I feed it. Do I need to call the vet iam afaid he's going to become heavey.I ride out on the trails not in a ring that's dusty plus wev had rain every couple of days so dust isnt a issue.

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post #2 of 29 Old 05-24-2011, 03:48 PM
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Sounds like an upper respiratory inflammation or infection. Thick, white mucus is never normal, and adding in coughing definitely sounds as if his lungs are involved.

You probably need to get a vet out to see him.

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Speed Racer should I be calling the vet? Is there something I can give myself to help him or not.Hes to good of a horse to just not treat him and I sure don't want him to get worse.
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I'd call a vet asap. I'd also save some of the discharge for your vet to see.
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Yes spirit, please get the vet out for him.

Since he's out 24/7, it's not irritation from airborne stall bedding particles.

It could be something as innocuous as allergies, but it could also be much more serious. The only way to be sure is to have the vet out.

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Where are you located?

In Minnesota allergies for everyone (human, horse, cat, dog) are AWFUL right now. Everything is late and blooming at once. Vet said probably about 3 weeks before coughing/breathing/snotty noses clear.
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We have a mare that has suffered several URI's in the last year. Once it smelled like something had died inside her it stank so very bad.

Even if you are suspicious of it get a vet out. It's much better to handle in advance from what I have had to watch this mares owner deal with.

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Mls I live in lovely mn I have a mare with heaves she's already had a bad attack just got done treating her. Iv put a call into the vet waiting to hear back while he's here he can check my other gelding whos also coughing minus the white snot.
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Wink Update on coughing horse

Vet was here this AM my horse has heaves so he's now being treated for it was given a couple of shots. One was a short acting to help his breathing now and a long acting to help for the next 30 days. He was not well this Am breathing was labored and he was coughing alot. So he's on antibiotics plus albuterol twice a day. Will be on the albuterol for thirty days antibiotics for ten days. Just in the last four hours he's improved so all the meds he got while vet was here has started to help.So the vet will be back in thirty days to recheck him. Things sure went bad fast on him yesterday his breathing was fine this AM it was labored and he was coughing alot. When I went out to feed this AM I knew he had heaves my mare has heaves so I know the signs I could hear him struggling to get air.Thanks everyone spirit88
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I'm sorry spirit, but at least you know now what's wrong with him, and it can be controlled for a very long time.

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