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  • Horse coughs when asked to trot or canter
  • Cause of a horse to cough when cantering

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    03-08-2011, 02:38 PM
Coughing while cantering?

Yesterday I took Berdi for a ride like usual and everything was going real good. We did lots of walking and trotting and she was doing a real fast trot and enjoying it. When I asked her for the canter, she quickly responded, but a minute or so into it she started coughing. Almost like she couldn't get her breath. I halted her and she kept coughing for a few seconds. She however wanted to start trotting again and was fine. When I asked her once more for the canter she did the exact same thing. She has always been perfectly fine before and I can't figure out what changed. It was only about -10 C out so it wasn't that cold - I've ridden her in much colder and she's been fine.

Sometimes as we are riding, she will give little snorts like she's saying "lets go faster!" but never coughing like this. If anyone has any ideas why she's doing this I would really like to know! Thank-you!
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    03-08-2011, 02:51 PM
My mare always coughs when we start trotting, every time, without fail. I think it's a combination of kicked up dust/dirt, and being warmed up and working correctly. You know how horses will snort if they are really driving from behind?

Also, how old is she? Ricci is almost 20, and part of it could just be clearing out her old lady lungs.

Unless it is a situation where she cannot stop coughing and is unable to breathe, I don't think I'd be immediately concerned. It may be worth a call to the vet to ask, or maybe just bring it up when you have the vet out for spring shots.
    03-08-2011, 02:56 PM
Thats good to know! She will be 20 in May so that makes sense too. I'll just keep an eye on her and make sure she doesn't get worse.
    03-08-2011, 02:58 PM
What was the air temp?

Sucking in cold air at a canter will cause them to cough.
    03-08-2011, 06:42 PM
Hows the pollen in your area?? My boy has allergies but only during when the pollen times, which are terrible around here. You can see pollen all over everything, water, tack, a nasty yellow film. I put him on smartbreath and it helps allot but we still have days where I take it easy with on him.

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