Originally Posted by joseeandjade11
And what it really does is that the horse breaths heavily with big nostrils and when it's bad you can hear a little wheezing sound coming from the nostril. That means that the airwaves are very tight. If not controlled or left untreated, you will eventually see a 'heave line' because they are using a lot of energy just trying to breath and they can also lose weight. (Im kinda refering to my mare right now although you don't see a heave line because she's not to that point she's just in the beginning of the first stage.) You might start noticing that your horse is coughing when you ride him, let's say only when you start trotting or cantering and doing hard work. Then it gradually moves to the heavy breathing...
Wish I knew from the beginning that she was showing me signs all along but was not well enough educated on that disease and let her eat round bales.
Now all she will ever eat are square bales and they will all be separated into small pieces and shaken to make sure no dust is inside. She has only arrived yesterday to the new barn. She's eating grass with her new 2 buddies and is already much better, the heavy breathing is gone :)
Ps sorry for the long post lol
It's not your fault. Many horses eat from round bales & do fine. You've moved her & she is already better so don't give up hope. This could be a transient thing. A course of antibiotics could be in order to help clear her system.
My older mare recently had a slight cough, not hard or often but still a concern. Two weeks on SMZ's (antibiotic) cleared it up, diagnosed as bronchitis. The vet said it could have turned into heaves if left alone.
She's fine now. BTW, she has never eaten from a round bale so you see it can happen no matter what,
The important thing is that you took action quickly. You did good.