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  • Horse suffers from seasonal allerhies

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    10-05-2012, 12:11 PM
Green Broke
My horse has seasonal allergies- it started with some big globs of mucous, but from then on was mostly a cough. Any time I tried riding him faster than a slow trot he'd go into coughing fits until we found a supplement that worked for him, poor guy. I tried taking him off the supplement a couple times during the summer, and the cough always came back.

He HATES the taste of the supplement (I don't blame him- it smells awful), so as a bonus I found that I could rub a little of it on his lead rope to stop him from mouthing/chewing on it
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    10-05-2012, 12:43 PM
Once mine had really bad cold. She couldn't breath well through nose when head down. So I gave her vitamin C and wiped her nose clean so she could breath again. Lol bad idea of wiping her nose she got bright idea that whenever clogged up again, run to human tissue. She snorted at me and wiped herself on me yuck! Lasted 3 days.
    10-05-2012, 01:10 PM
thick white snot

This is what baffles me is he has never had a cough.
When I bought him he had a runny nose and the owner said he did that when ever he had alfalfa, that the hay she had just gotten had some in it. I picked him up a week later and I thought he looked like he had lost weight, but not coughing and his nose looked ok. Took him to the vet to have his teeth done and vet said to just keep an eye on it he may have allergies. Vet said he looked ok. Small vet clinic they do not have equipment to do anything major. If the equine vet dentist who does nothing but teeth for 14 yrs does not see anything I will take him to be scoped @ another hospital 3 hour drive over two mountain passes.

Wish they could talk.
    10-05-2012, 01:19 PM
Last year my mare had allergies in the spring and in the fall. She had never had them before moving her to that barn and hasn't had them after moving away from that barn.

Her symptoms were a slight white runny nose in both nostrils. Coughing while warming up and a few sneezes at the end. She was eating and acting perfectly normal. Vet said it was probably some cold or virus but I would have to do a lung mucus culture to find out what. I opted to try some antihistamine product first. Before I could even use it on her, we had a cold front come through and she stopped coughing within 24 hours of the cold weather coming in.

Make a mental note of when this is happening and be prepared for next year's allergy season.
    10-05-2012, 03:32 PM
Cintillate, yes I am so tired of being snotted on. I did a carrot streach with him last night and a large drip of the white snot out of the right side nostril landed on the barn floor so as I was wiping his nose he sneezed all over me. Not a good feeling w/snot hanging on you shirt and on your face!
    10-05-2012, 03:36 PM
Aldebono, I thank you for your advice. It just seems to be never ending. Hope the dentist can find something.
    10-05-2012, 03:41 PM
There was another thread about allergies that suggested another type of medication if Anti-Hist doesn't work.

Yes, I hope the dentist finds something as well. If the vet hasn't been out and it's been longer than a week that this has been going on, you may want to make a call. Also, taking his temps would be a good indicator as to if he was getting worse. You would probably need to know his normal healthy temp first though, but couldn't hurt to start now.

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