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post #1 of 35 Old 12-01-2011, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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I think my horse has the Rhino virus.

Here is what is going on

Last wensday he started acting upon the lunge line, friday he was good but caughing when i rode him, saturday super lathargic (didnt think much of it cause i was clipping him and didnt ride) sunday he had a goopy whitish snotty nose and acting up alot when i lunged him but super lathergc and out of it in he cross ties (thats when I start putting things together knowing somthing wasnt right that this is not him) I am no kicking myself that I didnt take him temp to see if it was elavated, he was good to ride but hada freak out on the lunge (NOT LIKE HIM AT ALL!) so now hes been causghing, snotty nose....i told my trainers mom on sunday and she said if he has a cold let it run its natural course. so i still called my trainer gae her a heads up on how i felt and what was going on and shesaid shed check him out. he had a goopy green nose by the wesnday (wasnt worked monday or tuesday) so wasnt caughing. Idk about ho goopy or color his snot was. ( i work and full time college student) and am about 45 minutes away from him at school. anyways, wensday he hada green goopy nose nad had a few coughing fits while he was riding by the gir who rides him wensdays. my trainer called me to let me know and suggested vitimin C. so I called local places they didnt have any so i thoaght to call smart packs 27/7 number nad see what they thaught and had availble. what I got out of it was i could order smart protect pellets and herb suplliment to help his immune system but wouldnt cure it adn would not kick in for a couple weeks, and that I should call the vet.

I am almost in tears I feel like a horiabble horse mom and kicking myslef for not taking his temp on sunday!!

I am waiting to hear back from the vet to see what they think.
my oast horses have never showed these symptoms and this is my first time around a horse having a cold (no i am not new to horses just been around healthy ones) I have been around and riding horses for 17 years now so i am no nooby but am not knowlagable on things like this , due to not having to deal with it beofre in past horses/

sorry if I rambled, didnt make sense. hes new to me and his first time having somthing wrong. I am at work and cant get away right now and litterally my hands are shaking while i type this :(

HELP I AM A MESS
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post #2 of 35 Old 12-01-2011, 06:51 PM
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Try to remain calm. If he was ridden yesterday he can't be too bad. I take it he is eating & drinking well? Has anyone taken his temp, pulse & heart rate?
Just so you know, they vet probably can't tell you anything over the phone & will likely need to see your horse.
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post #3 of 35 Old 12-01-2011, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Just got off the phoen with the vet and he said from what I told him he thaught pnoumnia I am wiating to hear what his temp is still from my trainer she just got back from hauling a horse, and I explained what the vet said and she didnt think it was that, IDK WHAT TO THINK. she is going to make a call to another vet she knows (who is a little cheaper too) and see what she has to say.
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Just got off the phoen with the vet and he said from what I told him he thaught pnoumnia I am wiating to hear what his temp is still from my trainer she just got back from hauling a horse, and I explained what the vet said and she didnt think it was that, IDK WHAT TO THINK. she is going to make a call to another vet she knows (who is a little cheaper too) and see what she has to say.
Unless your trainer listened to his lungs there is no way to tell if he pneumonia or not. Something is making him cough, either upper airway or lungs.
Green/yellow discharge is a sign that something is going on, but you know that.
Use whichever yet takes you seriously & who you feel confident in.
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post #5 of 35 Old 12-01-2011, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Yeah, I am just so mad at myself for not taking his temp on sunday, i had a gut feeling somthing wasnt right... so so frustrated at myself!! my stupid thinking maybe got my horse sicker :(

I think we are now just playing the game of not wanting to over react then under react but id rather over react then have a huge vet bill and sicker horse!
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Thanks. Yeah, I am just so mad at myself for not taking his temp on sunday, i had a gut feeling somthing wasnt right... so so frustrated at myself!! my stupid thinking maybe got my horse sicker :(

I think we are now just playing the game of not wanting to over react then under react but id rather over react then have a huge vet bill and sicker horse!
Well, it has been 7-8 days so you aren't over reacting. You can't turn back the clock but you can have him checked out & look forward.
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Please allow a vet to come see your horse, as your first vet suggested he may have pnuemonia or a respiratory infection. You must not listen to other people, follow your own gut feeling about him.
If this has been going on for several days he is definately sick. Your trainer and barn manager should back up what they are telling you with, a temperature daily, a check of his respiration to make sure it isnt elevated etc. It sounds like they have not done anything other than continue to use him for lessons etc. Not fair when a horse is feeling ill.
Finding a cheaper vet can cost more money in the long run especially if they are not as good at horses as your own vet.
Best of luck..Hope he is well soon.
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post #8 of 35 Old 12-02-2011, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I know worrying isn't helping but it's all I could do last night. Last time I had a sick horse it was the barns fault in not doing am check when feeding and my friend who boarded found her in her paddock half dead (colic) and had to be put down while I was at school. It was very traumatic so I know I have nerves playing off that experience from 4 years ago. His vitals have been good since wens day evening and no temp. Waiting to hear how he looks this morning from my trainer. I just got done dealing with a huge emergency in the family involving court and the person who tried to force themselves on me 3 years ago and then this and when I start finals...I feel like I'm going to explode! Im going to call the vet, and my gma is going to order some vitamin C through dynamite. Ugh I hate this!
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Breathe.. get that vet there, keep near people that support you like your gma, and tell everyone else to back off!

It'll be okay, be strong for your horse. He knows you will do everything you can to get rid of whatever is bugging ya. Don't you forget either :)
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We're all praying for him, KS. Remember that horses lived through illnesses like this before we had innoculations for them. =D Keep him out of drafts and keep him dry bc he'll be warmer that way. As much as possible scrub out his water bucket and grain brucket--use bleach and water 1/2 & 1/2--bleach is the only thing that will kill a virus, but bleach residue is in a lot of local water supplies, so it won't harm your horse. If your Vet gives you contrary advice, listen to your Vet. This is what I would do, so it's MHO.
Let us know what you Vet thinks, and don't lose it--we've ALL done stuff with our good horses that we regret. I used an old water tank that had a leak for a hay bin, and I ended up having to have the Vet stitch up my gelding's lip. Talk about STUPID!!
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