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post #1 of 10 Old 12-11-2013, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Mucus and Cough

It's been pretty cold around here and we've been having some icy/ snowing conditions and for a few days I've noticed my horse has had a lot of mucus in his nostrils and he coughs every once in a while. Does this sound like some kind of respiratory thing, something I need to call the vet about? He is eating good and generally looks like he feels well. For instance yesterday I was riding him around bareback, nothing major, but when he was trotting he would cough a couple of times so I just stopped. I'll probably talk to the vet just to be safe but in the mean time does anyone have any thoughts?
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-11-2013, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-11-2013, 05:14 PM
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Since you're riding him, I assume his breathing is not labored. If he's eating, drinking, not lethargic, and his breathing sounds OK, I wouldn't worry. He could have some dust or something irritating his nose. You could take his temp to make sure he doesn't have a fever. If at all worried, though, give your vet a call to at least talk to him.

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Since you're riding him, I assume his breathing is not labored. If he's eating, drinking, not lethargic, and his breathing sounds OK, I wouldn't worry. He could have some dust or something irritating his nose. You could take his temp to make sure he doesn't have a fever. If at all worried, though, give your vet a call to at least talk to him.
We just called the vet just to make sure. Normally I would agree with you but it worried me because it's been going on since maybe Saturday and it worried me when he would cough 2 or 3 times in a row when he had been trotting for a little bit.
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As kind of a follow up to this the vet is coming today. I rode (or tried to ride) him yesterday. He was fine at the walk and was willing to trot but when he got going he would start coughing so I just stopped. I did a liittle pivoting and backing through cones and he did fine. We'll see what happens.
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Hope all turns out OK.

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post #7 of 10 Old 12-13-2013, 01:40 PM
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My mare had the cough for a few weeks. Then the nasty goobers coming out of the nose. Vet put her on Dex for 5 days and it got rid of her boogers. Now she has to be on Tri-Hist to keep the cough away.
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I'm going through this now as well. Started Friday. I came out today (Saturday) since I had heard second hand that my horse was coughing Friday night, to see how he sounded and felt. Temp is normal, eating normal, bright eyed and silly as always.... however; anything faster than a walk, and he's coughing and sneezing all over the place. Green/yellow mucus running out his nose.
I called my vet right away and she wants me to give him 72 hours on the SMZ's. If he's not significantly better within 72 hours, then vet will want to come out and be more aggressive. Hoping it's not something too serious.

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I'm going through this now as well. Started Friday. I came out today (Saturday) since I had heard second hand that my horse was coughing Friday night, to see how he sounded and felt. Temp is normal, eating normal, bright eyed and silly as always.... however; anything faster than a walk, and he's coughing and sneezing all over the place. Green/yellow mucus running out his nose.
I called my vet right away and she wants me to give him 72 hours on the SMZ's. If he's not significantly better within 72 hours, then vet will want to come out and be more aggressive. Hoping it's not something too serious.
That sounds exactly like my horse! Hope everything goes well with him/her :)
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