Join Date: May 2011
Location: near nashville TN
• Horses: 0
please listen to what I tell you.the wheeze is a sign more then a cough.It means your horses airways are constricting, and that most likely air is being trapped in the little air sacs inher lungs. If you do not get VERY proactive you are liable to harm your horse beyond repair.
Get her off round bales. Soak her hay for a little while..maybe do it 2 weeks. Do not just spray it..soak it for at least 1/2 hour. I do much longer then that.
My horse started off a lot like yours. I minimized it..as to try and manage her differently then the others is almost impossible.
Eventually the time will come when a mild "flare up" would be welcomed My horse progressed to RED flared nostrils, fast labored breathing, abdominal breathing with double push, quit eating, and just standing there, along with a call to inquire about euthanasia
Do not minimize this..it can be managed and then no more damage will occur. If you just wait and see your horse may progress to my horse.
I had called the vet. I didnt want to do DEX but figured I had no choice. Put her on smz, dex, and located a nebulizer and albuterol. I soaked her hay, blamketed her and thew her out of the barn, gave her recover shots, dex shots, and antibiotic shots when the smz didnt seem effective. I gave her nebulizer treatments 2 to 3 times some days. Always at least one. I mixed up sterile saline and nebuliuzed that with her albuterol. Her flared nostrils went down. The red changed back to salmon color, her wheeze took awhile but it went away..and about 2-3 weeks after this very aggressive treatment, she is doing wonderful. I think we will beokay. You have caught this early, if it is heaves you can manage this early and not go thru what we did