Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
always- I was under the impression that the OP was thinking of pursuing the allergy shots which are extremely expensive and only moderately effective at best. Also, 99% of the allergies come back as mold, pollen, grass, animal dander, etc. I don't know how you can keep a horse away from these things.
The idea behind putting them outside is that you're not keeping them in a moldy barn where there is lots of hay, dirt, animal dander, etc. concentrated. It is all about reducing irritation to the airway and though you're not eliminating allergens by putting them outside, you are at least alleviating some of the contact.
As far as management goes the standard treatment is corticosteroids (such as dexamethasone) to reduce inflammation and bronchodilators (such as albuterol) to help open the airways. No you are not addressing the specific antigen (allergen) that is creating the problem, you are addressing the body's response to it. HTH.