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post #1 of 20 Old 07-22-2013, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Question Coughing when being ridden?

My mare has recently started to cough when being ridden, usually it just sounded like she was clearing her airways but today she was breathing heavily and coughing continuously. She had a slightly runny nose but nothing to unusual and her glands are slightly swollen.
Should I call the vet or see if it passes?

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post #2 of 20 Old 07-22-2013, 11:18 AM
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Call the vet. If she was just coughing with no discharge I would say, without seeing her, that it was just dust. Is the discharge clear and thin or more of the thicker yellow? If she is coughing while standing and there are other horses nearby I'd isolate her as much as possible until you can get a diagnosis from the vet. If she has some sort of viral respiratory issue that stuff spreads like crazy amongst horses.

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post #3 of 20 Old 07-22-2013, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Okay thank you for the advice :) it is thin and slightly white.
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That would indicate more than just a simple runny nose like horses get on occasion..I'd call the vet. The quicker you catch anything the better it goes.
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Thanks I will!
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post #6 of 20 Old 07-22-2013, 12:35 PM
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My horse had something that sounds similar last year- it started out with a few globs of nasal discharge and pretty quickly turned into coughing any time I rode him faster than a walk. We tried watering his hay to cut down on dust and added AniHist to his feed at first and it continued to get worse. I switched to Cough Free and it went away within a few days (I also tried taking him off it a couple times and it came back, so I knew the CF was doing the trick). I did have my vet monitoring him to make sure it wasn't an infection (and didn't develop into one).

I was able to stop the supplement sometime in October without him going back to coughing (good thing since he started refusing to eat it!) We thought it was seasonal allergies, but it didn't come back this year.
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My horse had something that sounds similar last year- it started out with a few globs of nasal discharge and pretty quickly turned into coughing any time I rode him faster than a walk. We tried watering his hay to cut down on dust and added AniHist to his feed at first and it continued to get worse. I switched to Cough Free and it went away within a few days (I also tried taking him off it a couple times and it came back, so I knew the CF was doing the trick). I did have my vet monitoring him to make sure it wasn't an infection (and didn't develop into one).

I was able to stop the supplement sometime in October without him going back to coughing (good thing since he started refusing to eat it!) We thought it was seasonal allergies, but it didn't come back this year.
The same thing happened to my mare. She would cough and cough and even out in the field if it was over a walk she'd cough. The vet said to try cough free and it went away and didn't come back this year either.

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My mare would do something similar last summer when it was so hot and dry/dusty- she'd cough during warm ups (no discharge) and then settle down, the vet claimed she had COPD...

So how does cough free work? Does it work like an antihistamine, or anti-inflammatory?
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post #9 of 20 Old 07-27-2013, 03:06 PM
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Cough free is all natural. Have no idea how it works but it does. Much better than starting with drugs or steroids.
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post #10 of 20 Old 07-28-2013, 06:48 PM
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Where can you get the Cough Free product? I would be willing to try that for my mare who is coughing and having a breathing problem (had talked about this on another thread) but id like to get my hands on that stuff ;)
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