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post #1 of 5 Old 06-04-2011, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Coughing while rolling and riding

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I let my horse out into the ring earlier this morning to roll. Took the halter off and he ran off, rolled and he was coughing like he was hacking something up but, i didn't think anything of it because our ring is a sand ring thought maybe he swallowed some sand or something.

Fast forward to riding him. Got on him bareback and set up a couple of jumps to pop him over. Jumped him over the first jump (cross rail) and he lands the jump nicely but starts coughing right afterwards. He was racing the jumps so, i decided to put my saddle on him and he was still coughing.

Stopped jumping him for the day and I got off of him and hand walked him around the ring and he was still coughing, it wasn't bad though just enough to make me wonder what was going on. He also tripped over himself once or twice.

I have the vet coming this week to give him his shots for spring time but, until than anyone else have any idea?

He coliced before so, I am wondering if it could be him collicing again. He's eating, pooping normally (although it is a little runny) drinking enough water, no rolling.
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Seems like a respiratory problem - I'd have a vet check him out sooner than later if he seems even a bit distressed.
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Seems like a respiratory problem - I'd have a vet check him out sooner than later if he seems even a bit distressed.
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I am going to call my vet now and see if he can come earlier. How bad can a respiratory problem get? He doesn't seem distressed in the least bit but, I'm still iffy on the situation
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is he stalled or does he live in a paddock?
does the stable turn out at all? or does he only get turned out when you're there.

as much turnout as possible is healthiest for the horses lungs and body.

he needs to be able to clear his lungs out and get fresh air. when horses are kept in the stable for some amount of time they usually get a stable cough when you start trotting a little bit to clear out there airways.

good you have the vet out. he might need to have his hay wet to prevent inhaling dust as he could be developing an allergy to it /COPD

it gets better with lots of turnout and whne his hay is wet down to prevent the dust from entering his airways (even the cleanest hay has some dust and horses who develop allergies are extremely sensitive to it.
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is he stalled or does he live in a paddock?
does the stable turn out at all? or does he only get turned out when you're there.

as much turnout as possible is healthiest for the horses lungs and body.

he needs to be able to clear his lungs out and get fresh air. when horses are kept in the stable for some amount of time they usually get a stable cough when you start trotting a little bit to clear out there airways.

good you have the vet out. he might need to have his hay wet to prevent inhaling dust as he could be developing an allergy to it /COPD

it gets better with lots of turnout and whne his hay is wet down to prevent the dust from entering his airways (even the cleanest hay has some dust and horses who develop allergies are extremely sensitive to it.
If it's raining or bad out he's in his stall but since this started he's been in his paddock. He's been outside for about 3 weeks straight. I have thought about wetting down his hay but, he won't touch his hay if it's wet/stepped on, etc.... It rained the other day and he was out and he had his hay there, the rain got the hay and he left it there and wouldn't touch it. So sadly that's a no go
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