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post #1 of 8 Old 01-27-2011, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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My horse coughed today

So I wormed Ginger and Duncan for the first time this year today (don't know if it's relevant). Been feeding them hay over the winter, though admittedly I don't think it's top quality, and the horses can tell-- they've often left much of it in favor of the scant grass.

Ginger has had sometime irritating her eye for a few weeks now-- I've been trying to put this stuff in it the vet gave me but I have a really hard time doing it. I don't want to poke her eye, and I have trouble getting her eye open enough to apply it. There's also been a very small bit of snot in her nose, but it's clear and not runny or dripping down.

Then today, after her grain, she went over to the piles of hay, sniffed around for a minute, took a bite, and coughed. It was a horrible sound! My mom had a couple ponies that had gotten a chronic cough from an allergen in the pasture, and we had to get rid of them just because mom cuoldn't move. I don't think it's an irritant that's been there because it's not a persistent cough, and this is the first time I've heard it. I hung around for 15 minutes after to see if she did it again, but she just kept eating.

I know I need to make a vet appointment soon, but for the moment I'm just worried :(
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-27-2011, 02:17 PM
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You don't sometimes just cough? Like you swallowed something and it went down the wrong pipe? Or there's just something tickling the back of your throat?

There aint no need to get all worked up over a tiny little cough. Especially since she just did it once.

I'm sure you have nothing to worry about.

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-27-2011, 02:22 PM
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She most likely just had something go down the wrong way. We had a cob she coughed and it's not a nice sound, but don't worry yourself about it as she hasn't kept coughing after the one time she did.
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You don't sometimes just cough? Like you swallowed something and it went down the wrong pipe? Or there's just something tickling the back of your throat?

There aint no need to get all worked up over a tiny little cough. Especially since she just did it once.

I'm sure you have nothing to worry about.
You're probably right. I tend to worry over little things with my babies.

I've never owned horses on my own, so it's nice to have this forum where I can get a good does of "duh" every once in a while
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-27-2011, 02:25 PM
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Agreed - don't get too concerned too soon. Just keep an eye on her and if the coughing continues for more than a couple of days, or if a fever sets in, then you might want to contact your vet.

Dancer did the same thing the other day, and I admit, I was really worried, but it was only the one incident, and I didn't here any more coughing after that.

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Haha you're alright hun, it's a learning curve. :)
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-27-2011, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Agreed - don't get too concerned too soon. Just keep an eye on her and if the coughing continues for more than a couple of days, or if a fever sets in, then you might want to contact your vet.
How do you check their temp? I don't have anything to do that with... At least I don't think I'd want to stick a human thermometer up their bum ;) har har har What's the best way to check it?
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-27-2011, 02:30 PM
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You should be able to get a livestock or equine thermometer at your feed store.

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