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    08-10-2008, 05:29 PM
  #1
Foal
horse breathing problem

Last year at this time my 6 year old horse (Spencer) was breathing real hard after a short trail ride. I noticed it before putting him in the trailer and thought Jeez are you out of shape! When I unloaded him 1/2 hour later he was still puffing...I new something was wrong. It went away after an hour...well, maybe he ate something on the trail and had an allergic reaction. Next day checked on him out in the pasture (hay field with mixed grasses and weeds, lush) and it was happening again. Called the vet. She said they get a lot of calls like this this time of year...some kind of weed goes into bloom and the horse reacts. I took him (and Joey, my other horse) off the lush pasture and put them on a dryer, shorter, plain old grass like front lawn grass. The puffing went away and stayed away. Now it's happening again. But the strange thing is, now BOTH horses are doing it! I just brought them in huffing and puffing, nostrils flaring, sides heaving. I'm thinking it must be an allergy to something in that pasture. But it really seems odd that both horses would have the same allergy. I'm bummed because it's a nice pasture and I hate to pull them off, the other is all cut and ready for the rest rotation. Last year when this happened I had just finished mowing down a bunch of thistles in that pasture and it was so humid I thought that was the culprit. I didn't need to mow this year but I did mow the neiboring pasture this week. Also, last year it was extreme heat and humidity. Right now it is not extreme anything...80's average humidity and dew point. Any thoughts on this? Anyone else have experience with this? Anything I can give to them to help?
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    08-11-2008, 12:16 AM
  #2
Yearling
It's possible that it's just an allergy, but with it being both horses it's also possible that you are dealing with something more serious. I would have the vet out for an exam ASAP. Go ahead and check their temps, heart rate and resp. Rate in the morning and note them for the vet.
     
    08-11-2008, 07:15 PM
  #3
Foal
My horse had something similar COPD ( Chronic Obstructive pulmonary diease ) she's allergic to hay spores, and she can't stay in a stable any more as she weezes when she does cos of the dust.

She weezes but if I keep her fit she's doesnt do it anymore.
I feed garlic and wet feeds, When it got really bad vet gave me ventipulmin granules (sp?)

As Ryle said get the vet out !

Hope I helped in someway xx
     
    08-11-2008, 10:50 PM
  #4
Weanling
Are you sure its not just because horses, being horses, weren't just excited to be in a paddock and went charging around to have some fun? Our horses did that once and they were puffing so hard and really sweaty when we brought them back in. Just a thought.
     
    08-11-2008, 11:54 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by sempre_cantando
are you sure its not just because horses, being horses, weren't just excited to be in a paddock and went charging around to have some fun? Our horses did that once and they were puffing so hard and really sweaty when we brought them back in. Just a thought.
Nope, it took over 3 hours for them to get back to normal breathing.
     
    09-17-2011, 06:00 PM
  #6
Foal
Just wanted to let you all know that after 3 years of dealing with this problem we finally have an answer. Anhidrosis (inability to sweat) Friends from another forum helped me figure it out. No vets know about it here in SD because it's very rare here. The equine specialist at ISU poo-poo it...but didn't even suggest a test to confirm. I didn't need a test anyway. 115 heat index and my horses were completely dry. The only way they stopped puffing was to hose them off with water. Now I have them on a product called OneAc along with adding loose minerals with salt to their nightly treat of alfalfa pellets. They are sweating and no more puffing :)
I just thought I would pass this along since it was such a mystery and it might help someone else.
     
    09-17-2011, 06:10 PM
  #7
Weanling
I am so glad that you figured it out. It is frustrating to know there is something wrong, but no one can tell you what it is.

I wish that more people would follow up on things in this forum. You read all the advice, but you don't always find out what worked and what didn't.
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    09-17-2011, 10:43 PM
  #8
Banned
Very strange that both of your horses would have the same rare syndrome, though I'm glad you got it figured out.
     
    09-17-2011, 11:02 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
Very strange that both of your horses would have the same rare syndrome, though I'm glad you got it figured out.
I know! But...Joey does everything Spence does...so it doesn't surprise me. Something lacking in the soil maybe??
     

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