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post #1 of 18 Old 12-17-2011, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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My horse is getting sick

My friend moved her horse to the barn i'm at about a month or so ago; he'd just come from training and when he arrived he was ill. He had a snotty nose and a cough. The vet was out multiple times and he had 3 rounds of antibiotics, i still have no idea what this horse was ill with.

Jump to today, my horse has a snotty nose and has coughed, he also seemed to cough up some white goo. His snot is white and possibly a little yellow. The barn manager is going to keep an eye on him but i wanted opinions of what it could be. Generally he looks fine, is eating and drinking, is stubborn as ever. I wouldn't have noticed he might be ill if i hadn't seen the snot and watched him cough. His cough sounds dry.

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I would guess the poor guy just has a run of the mill cold, Indie got one last year, just pampered her out of it.
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That's what i'm hoping. I really don't want to call the vet. If his cough gets worse i might get the barn manager to keep him in for a few nights.

What did you do to pamper your horse?
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Kept her warm and dry, and sometimes came out with warm meals to help cheer her up some. Just keep an eye on your boy, if you grain I would probably pour hot water in it and let it soak and cool a bit (so it isn't really hot) before giving it to him; just in the case he coughs when eating, that way it's less likely to choke.
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When Dancer gets a cold I give him around 12 Ester-C tablets twice daily to help boost up his immune system. Unfortunately, last time he was sick I had to get antibiotics for him. Hope your guy feels better soon!
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Warm and dry might be an issue, i might have to ask for him to be kept in at night for a while. He's out 24/7 unless it bad rain. He only really come in for meals. He does have a stall though. I wish i could use the hot water idea but the barn only has a cold water tap, i could always biol some water and put it in a flask to take with me when BO feeds.

Luckily he has a nice winter coat coming so he should be warm during the day, if not i have a blanket handy to stick on him.

I can try him on ester-c but last time i gave him something orangey (electrolytes) he didn't eat them.

Thanks. I hope so too. If he's picked up what my friends horse had he's in for a rough few weeks :(
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Warm and dry might be an issue, i might have to ask for him to be kept in at night for a while. He's out 24/7 unless it bad rain. He only really come in for meals. He does have a stall though. I wish i could use the hot water idea but the barn only has a cold water tap, i could always biol some water and put it in a flask to take with me when BO feeds.

Luckily he has a nice winter coat coming so he should be warm during the day, if not i have a blanket handy to stick on him.

I can try him on ester-c but last time i gave him something orangey (electrolytes) he didn't eat them.

Thanks. I hope so too. If he's picked up what my friends horse had he's in for a rough few weeks :(

If you are in the position to buy him a light waterproof turnout blanket, those are great helps. I have a medium one that I used to keep my little girl nice and dry during the snowy/cold rain mess she was sick in.

Just make sure that if it's raining at all to bring him in if possible, or if he's cold to find something to cover him up with. Really that's the best you can do.
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If you are in the position to buy him a light waterproof turnout blanket, those are great helps. I have a medium one that I used to keep my little girl nice and dry during the snowy/cold rain mess she was sick in.

Just make sure that if it's raining at all to bring him in if possible, or if he's cold to find something to cover him up with. Really that's the best you can do.
I have a med weight blanket I could put on him, the other horses might take it off though. I'm going out there tomorrow so I'll make sure the BO knows to keep him in if it's going to rain. I just hope it's not guttural pouch infection, which is apparently what the other horse had.
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I have a med weight blanket I could put on him, the other horses might take it off though. I'm going out there tomorrow so I'll make sure the BO knows to keep him in if it's going to rain. I just hope it's not guttural pouch infection, which is apparently what the other horse had.
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Ouch, yes please keep an eye on him, let us know if he gets better!! Fingers crossed for both of you *hugs*
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Ouch, yes please keep an eye on him, let us know if he gets better!! Fingers crossed for both of you *hugs*
Thanks. I'll keep a close eye on him. Ill keep the thread updated.
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