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post #1 of 8 Old 11-14-2008, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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horse cold?

Major sounds like he has a cold when he is nickering. How concerned should I be about that? Also, its raining here...and he does have a shelter to get under...but I think the horses are giving it up to the goats. So there is a possibility that he's standing in the rain.
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-14-2008, 09:01 PM
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Does he have any discharge coming from his nose or eyes??


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Could you describe "sounds like he has a cold"?

I'd check (as the person above me mentioned) for any discharge (thick creamy or yellowish stuff, not watery or clear). Check to see if he's off his feed at all or generally lethargic. And check his temperature in the morning (you're going to get the most accurate reading in the morning). I'd also moniter any swelling in his lymph nodes in case it might be strangles. (we just had a few cases of that go through our barn so I'm a little hyper-sensative to strangles )
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what are strangles? Major has a runny nose, but its clear...but he did have a eye bugar. His nicker was kinda choked up sounding..like broken up....not real clear. His pasture mate kinda sounded like that too. I also should mention that when he was snorting and blowing it sounded not real clear either. Sorry I know im not describing these sounds very well...but idk how to
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oh yeah and he ate all his feed like normal today and his hay too
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Strangles is a very contagious disease from a the Streptococcus Equi bacteria. Basically they get a lot of thick nasal discharge, their lymph nodes swell and fill with pus, and usually have a temperature and decreased appetitite. It takes weeks to get over. Like I said, I'm a little hyper sensative to it since we had some cases pop up and we had to do major quarentining and disinfecting for weeks. I had never seen it before it came to our barn though so I wouldn't be worried about it. I'd just keep an eye out for any changes and call the vet if you see it.
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Well, since both horses in the pasture sound like that it's likely that you are dealing with an infectious respiratory disease. Viral respiratory infections start out with clear nasal discharge. Since Equine Herpes Virus causes 80% of upper respiratory infections in horses, there's a good chance that that is what you are dealing with. (EHV is highly contageous and can lead to more severe problems than just respiratory infection so it's not something to take lightly. Remember all of those quarantined barns and racing stables---horses with neurological disease? Mutated EHV.)

It would be a good idea to move both of these horses in out of the rain and quarantine them from any other horses on the property. Check temperatures and watch for any fever as well as watching for symptoms to worsen. It would also be a good idea just to call your vet and give him a heads-up on what you are seeing.

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thanks everyone for your advice! Major is about the same today. He is not running a fever..and still eating really good...so im just going to keep an eye on him. He and his pasture mate (of course) are in a pasture by themselves...so I don't have to worry about spreading it around unless it can be carried through humans. I have a gate I can put in front of the stall....but if the goats do manage to get over it im afraid of what might happen...like maybe the goats get stomped or kicked to death or the horses go crazy? Idk
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