My horse has a cold?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

My horse has a cold?

This is a discussion on My horse has a cold? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Horse has a cold
  • Lethargic horse cold wet

LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-18-2013, 04:06 PM
My horse has a cold?

I'm coming to the forum mostly for "been there done that" advice. Online articles are not entirely helpful.

From what I've gathered, my gelding has a cold. He's lethargic on his own, has a runny (clear) nose, dripping eyes, and is a bit grumpy. I'm keeping a temperature drop in consideration, but he's still grumpier than normal. He does not buck or put up a fight when I ask something from him and he's been enjoying his trail rides quite a bit. The laziness/dripping eyes concerns me. He doesn't kick or bite at his body as if he's in pain, but he's an Appy and I've never known an Appy to show weakness.

A little background. He free-ranges on pasture grass alone in a herd of 12 geldings. He's in the middle of the pecking order, though he's not really one to be herd-bound. He's quite fat (I prefer "easy keeper") but not out of shape. I ride him 2 or 3 times a week, though not terrifically hard. I'm more likely to take him out on a 2-hour trail ride than work on canter collection for half an hour. He's been wormed consistently and I haven't noticed anything else unusual. His manure was a bit loose when I first turned him out, but now his digestive system seems to be handling itself.

Anyone experience something similar? Have a diagnosis/recommendations?
Sponsored Links
    09-18-2013, 11:57 PM
Whiskey had this and I put it out to allergies/cold. Eventually started running a fever and went off his food. Called the vet and turned out he had somehow contracted bacterial pneumonia and needed some antibiotics.

His symptoms were the same as yours. Also had a wet cough that was at first exercise induced but soon became obvious even at rest. Good luck OP! I hope it's an easy fix for yours
Posted via Mobile Device

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how cold is to cold to give horse a bath Diegojambriz Horse Grooming 13 01-28-2012 10:13 PM
My Horse has a cold! CBailey04 Horse Health 5 01-16-2012 09:34 PM
Horse is cold..need help mimie98 Horse Health 38 12-24-2011 10:56 PM
Winter Riding: How cold is too cold to ride? Clementine Horse Riding 43 11-02-2009 10:26 PM
horse cold? sandy2u1 Horse Health 7 11-15-2008 08:19 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:52 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0