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post #11 of 15 Old 02-19-2010, 09:02 PM
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My horse suffers from pasture related heaves so turning her out is a big NO. She breathes better in the barn in the summer months.

I am trying a product this year called Clarity (smartpak.com) It has gotten a lot of good reviews. It's supposed to taste pretty bad, but SmartPax is sending me a 3 day supply to try on my mare first to see if she'll eat it.

I also use Dex. She did pretty well last summer on 5cc orally daily.

I hate heaves. But at least there are some things I can do to help my horse breath better.
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I've been watching him very closely today to see just what makes him wheeze. It's not the shavings in his stall, because when I walked in this morning to feed I walked straight to him and listened for any signs. He was breathing fine, no wheezing at all. I gave him his feed and supplement with the syrup, he ate it. No wheezing. I let him out of his stall (but he was still in the barn) to let him nibble on some hay. And guess what, he immediately started wheezing. So I put him outside for a moment while I found something to soak his hay in. It's not that I can't soak his hay (I think someone mentioned this in another post), it's just that I was afraid that he wouldn't eat it if it started to freeze. I soaked some hay for him for at least 15 minutes before I took it out and gave it to him.

I did some other chores, and came back to see how he was doing. I listened real carefully, and he wasn't wheezing. Although, he did sneeze twice and it was weird. He would sneeze then immediately after he make this deep wheezing sound, but besides that he wasn't wheezing while eating the hay just when he sneezed.
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post #13 of 15 Old 02-20-2010, 07:26 AM
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Well heaves comes in attacks. They have it for awhile and then it's gone. I'd actually ask your vet for a steroid, it comes in a tiny white pill. It would be nice for you to have it JUST in case. It's semi like a horse inhaler. 7ponies, D; That really sucks. We only had a run-in for her for a long time, and her heaves didn't act up as bad until we started to stall her (now we just keep her out all the time). Poor horses.

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If you soak your hay every morning does it prevent this?

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post #15 of 15 Old 02-20-2010, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by wannahorse22 View Post
If you soak your hay every morning does it prevent this?
It should help, at least. I think it depends on how badly he/she has heaves.
I took care of a warmblood gelding that had heaves as well, but he very rarely had any problems. So we were very rarely told to soak his hay.
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